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Rep. Davnie Statement on Passage of Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization

Thursday, May 13, 2021

St. Paul, MN— Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed House File 600, which would legalize and regulate cannabis for adult use, and expunge the records of those convicted of nonviolent cannabis-related crimes. The legislation passed on a bipartisan vote of 72-61.

Representative Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis), supported the legislation and released the following statement:

“It’s time to legalize cannabis for adult-use in Minnesota. Responsible regulations that have been extensively vetted, will expand freedom and address harms caused by our current cannabis laws, including racial inequities in the criminal justice system. I’m grateful for the advocacy from Minnesotans and stakeholders in getting this historic legislation across the finish line in the House. I urge Senate Republicans to join us in passing this measure for all Minnesotans.”

The adult-use cannabis bill would create a responsible regulatory structure focused on developing micro-businesses and a craft market; expunge most cannabis convictions; fund public health awareness, youth access prevention, and substance abuse treatment; provide grants, loans, technical assistance, and training for small businesses; require testing and labeling of products; restrict packaging based on dosage size; and allow limited home grow abilities.

As of Nov. 4, 2020, voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota approved measures to regulate cannabis for adult-use, in addition to the 11 other states and 3 territories that currently allow adult-use cannabis.

Prior to today’s historic vote, House File 600 received approval from 12 House committees, including the committees on Commerce; Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs; Business and Workforce Development; Agriculture; Environment and Natural Resources; Judiciary and Civil Law; State Government; Education Finance; Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform; Health; Taxes; and Ways and Means.