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Rep. Koegel Statement on Passage of Adult-Use Cannabis Bill

Thursday, May 13, 2021

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – On Thursday, May 13th, the Minnesota House passed HF 600, a bill which legalizes and regulates adult-use cannabis in Minnesota, while expunging records of people convicted for nonviolent offenses involving cannabis. The bill was passed on a bipartisan vote of 72-61. Rep. Erin Koegel (DFL - Spring Lake Park) voted in support of the legislation.

“Legal cannabis has proven to be a better alternative to prohibition in state after state. Minnesota has learned from the successes and failures of these states allowing us to create a bill that will be one of the best in the nation,” Rep. Koegel said. “Minnesotans are ready for cannabis legislation and I’m proud to support this timely change. I hope that our colleagues in the Senate recognize the wide ranging benefits that this legislation will bring to every community in our state.”

The bill consists of 9 articles designed to end the harmful prohibition of cannabis while creating a safe, effective, just, and stable legal framework for its legalization:

  • Article 1: Regulatory framework, including licensing, for adult-use cannabis industry;
  • Article 2: Tax provisions; 
  • Article 3: Food safety
  • Article 4: Grants to small businesses and individuals to launch cannabis industry;
  • Article 5: Modify criminal penalties related to the possession, sale, and cultivation of cannabis;
  • Article 6: Expungement of criminal records for marijuana offenses, 
  • Article 7: Miscellaneous provisions relating to workplace restrictions and other matters,
  • Article 8: Reschedules marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III;
  • Article 9: Appropriations to state agencies and boards.

Video recording of today’s floor session will be made available on the House Public Information YouTube channel.

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