Democrats in the House are fighting for proposals that will deliver support to those hit the hardest during the pandemic, and thanks to federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, we should be able to produce a robust budget that lifts up our students, families, workers, and small businesses.
While our investment proposals are incredibly important, so too are the policy changes we’ve put forward for police accountability measures and public safety reform. Now, as we reflect on the past year since George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, it’s important that our special session in June also includes reforms to build a more equitable and just Minnesota.
I’d also like to highlight the statement made by my colleagues in the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus reflecting on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, and the work that remains.
Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis
Earlier this month, and for the first time ever, the Minnesota House passed a bill to regulate and legalize adult-use cannabis, while also expunging the records of those convicted of nonviolent cannabis-related offenses. I had carried similar legislation in the past, and I was honored to vote for this bill I co-authored on the House floor. Though the legislation passed with bipartisan support, Republican leadership in the Minnesota Senate has made it clear they have no intention of bringing the bill up for a vote.
This is not an issue that’s going away soon, and as more states take steps to legalize cannabis, Minnesota should be taking steps now to ensure we don’t fall further behind. I was able to sit down with the folks at CCX News to talk about this bill, which you can watch below.