Our Veterans and Communities of Color
Minnesotans are asking the Legislature to safely and responsibly legalize adult-use cannabis. The adult-use cannabis bill is based on conversations with Minnesotans during the statewide “Be Heard on Cannabis” tour, which hosted town hall meetings in 15 communities spanning urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state; met with more than 30 organizations and associations; consulted with the Governor, Lt. Governor, and 13 state agencies; held 250 meetings with individuals and groups; and inspired DFL legislators to work hundreds of hours to produce the bill. Click here to watch coverage from WCCO and visit www.house.mn/cannabis for the latest news and updates about the bill.
H.F. 600, introduced by Majority Leader Winkler and DFL lawmakers, will create a better Minnesota by:
Addressing Racial Disparities
Legalizing adult-use cannabis will help address criminal justice inequities created by our current system. Instead of enforcing low-level cannabis offenses, law enforcement could focus on more serious issues.
Improving the Medical Cannabis Program
Minnesotans are telling us that our state’s existing medical program doesn’t work well for most people. House File 600 improves access and affordability for Minnesotans who live with serious illnesses such as cancer, seizures, and chronic pain.
Most veterans cannot access or afford medical cannabis, and no vets can legally receive it from the VA. Making cannabis legal for all adults will provide these veterans with better access to medical cannabis that can alleviate their pain and help them cope with PTSD.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
As Minnesotans continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 and the quarantine, we want everyone to know that there is still assistance available to income eligible households (both owners and renters) for home heating bills and furnace repairs. The Energy Assistance Program can help by providing financial assistance:
- To pay past due energy bills to avoid disconnection
- To purchase fuel for delivery in emergencies
- To repair or replace homeowners’ malfunctioning furnaces.
The application period is open until May 31st, 2021. Here are flyers in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong:
MN Energy Assistance Flyer - English
MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Spanish
MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Somali
MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Hmong
You can find more information and links to apply at the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.