Cannabis legalization is picking up pace in more US states. Currently, marijuana is legal in the District of Columbia and 11 states. Minnesota legalized medical cannabis in 2014. Minnesota voters are now stepping forward to legalize recreational cannabis as well. Let’s see what’s happening in the state.
Minnesota gearing up for cannabis legalization
In September, Minnesota’s state legislators conducted surveys to determine how the public feels about legalization. The state’s House and Senate conducted separate surveys. According to a Marijuana Moment article, the House survey showed 56% of voters favoring legalization. The survey had had 11,200 participants. Meanwhile, the Senate survey had 6,900 participants, of which 55% favored legalization.
Additionally, Governor Tim Walz noted, “My agencies have been tasked to put all of the building blocks in place, from Revenue to the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health. We will have everything ready to go, and we will be able to implement it in Minnesota the minute the Legislature moves this.”
Can vaping issue complicate cannabis legalization in Minnesota?
However, nationwide vaping issues could pose a challenge in the state’s legalization process. An October 31 Star Tribune article stated that opponents of marijuana legalization see this vaping concern as an opportunity to stand against legalization.
Furthermore, Minnesota House of Representatives’ majority leader Ryan Winkler believes that legalization could help resolve the state’s concerns about black market sales and vaping. He said, “I will say with certainty there will be a comprehensive bill that will be the most thoughtful approach in the country.”
Republicans could oppose legalization in the state
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