Minnesota Lawmakers introduce Cannabis Legalization Bill

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota DFL lawmakers are introducing their latest effort to legalize recreational cannabis.

During a press conference, House Representative Zack Stephenson said the bill will "create a safe, well-regulated, legal marketplace where Minnesotans can grow, sell and buy cannabis if they choose to do so." Stephenson co-authored the bill.

He added that lawmakers have been working to build a comprehensive model for adult-use cannabis legalization over the last three years, which includes expunging cannabis convictions that have disproportionately affected people of color.

Governor Tim Walz tweeted that he's "ready to sign it into law."

Committee hearings on the adult-use marijuana measure could start as early as next week. Last year, the Minnesota House passed a bill for marijuana legalization, but it could not make it through the Senate.

The first hearing for this year's proposal will be in the House Commerce Finance and Policy committee.