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Majority Leader Winkler Kicks Off Statewide Cannabis Conversations at State Fair

Thursday, August 29, 2019

St. Paul, Minn - Majority Leader Ryan Winkler today kicked off a statewide tour of 15 “Community Conversations on Cannabis” at the State Fair. The tour will encourage Minnesotans to join the conversation on how to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult use.

“Our current marijuana laws are doing more harm than good. It’s time to legalize cannabis to address the health and criminal justice inequities created by our current system,” said Majority Leader Ryan Winkler. “That’s why we’re inviting Minnesotans to join the conversation about how we will safely and responsibly create a comprehensive framework for legalization and the most thoughtful adult-use cannabis law in the country.”

Details on the community conversations and updates on the effort to legalize cannabis in Minnesota are available on a new website. The first three will be in Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Cloud.

In an op-ed written earlier this month, Rep. Winkler announced that legalizing cannabis for adult use will be a legislative priority during the 2020 session. Since then, the Majority Leader’s Office has been meeting with stakeholders to seek their input on crafting legislation.