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You’re Invited: Be Heard on Cannabis

Friday, October 04, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

It’s clear that our current laws around cannabis are no longer working and the criminal prohibition has failed. Too many people have been sent needlessly into the criminal justice system, with demonstrated racial disparities in enforcement. While African Americans and whites use marijuana at similar rates, an ACLU report shows black Minnesotans are over seven times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white Minnesotans. Further, there are many legitimate, medical uses for cannabis including to treat cancer, epilepsy, pain, and mental health conditions, including veterans with PTSD.

It’s time for us to have an honest conversation about cannabis, including current policy’s real impact on people and the health, public safety, and economic benefits a new direction on cannabis would have for our state. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler has launched a statewide initiative called “Be Heard on Cannabis,” with community conversations across the state allowing elected officials to hear input on the issue directly from Minnesotans, including their vision for a possible legalization framework, and any concerns people have. One such event is taking place Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. Everyone in the community is welcome, and I hope you can join us to share your thoughts.

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What: Be Heard on Cannabis Community Conversation

When: Thursday, October 10, 7:00 PM

Where: Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 Kent St, Saint Paul, 55102

Who: Hosted by Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, Rep. Rena Moran, Assistant Senate Minority Leader Jeff Hayden, Sen. Sandy Pappas, Rep. Alice Hausman, Rep. John Lesch, Rep. Dave Pinto, Rep. Jay Xiong, and a Community Leader Panel with Sina Black, Andrea Brown, and Julia Decker

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. It’s an honor to represent you at the State Capitol.

Sincerely,

Rena Moran
State Representative