This is an area where Minnesota is falling behind other states. As a result of the 2020 election, voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota approved measures to regulate cannabis for adult-use, adding to the 11 other states and 3 territories. The benefit of this is that we’ve been able to craft our legislation after the example of others, resulting in a comprehensive bill that’s been vetted by a dozen committees in the Minnesota House, passing some with bipartisan support.
Our bill would create a responsible regulatory structure that also funds public health awareness, youth access prevention, and substance abuse treatment. This is on top of improving our medical cannabis program, improving access and affordability for Minnesotans who live with serious illnesses such as cancer, seizures, and chronic pain.
While we expect the bill to pass in the House today, it faces more of a challenge in the Republican-controlled Senate, where - despite its bipartisan popularity - Senate leaders have yet to allow meaningful work on the issue.
Our debate on the House floor will begin at 4:30pm, which you can watch live at www.house.mn/live/1. You can also find more information on our bill here. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments you have on this legislation.