Despite the short lifespan of a cannabis sales and cultivation bill last year, Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz told agencies in the state to prepare for cannabis legalization. Last year, the cannabis legalization bill faced a struggle against the Republican majority Senate and didn’t last long in the state Senate. House Majority Leader, Ryan Winkler, intends to sponsor a cannabis legalization bill and take a tour across the state to listen to Minnesotan opinions.
House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler stated: “I think most of us who have looked at the issue think that legalization is the path we have to take.”
Democrats in the state, such as Gov. Tim Waltz and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, still remain hopeful that the new version of the legislation will pass next year.
Gov. Tim Waltz stated: "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."
If successful, and if no other states legalize cannabis before Minnesota does next year, Minnesota would become the 12th state to do so at a state level. Earlier within the year, Illinois made cannabis legalization history after it legalized cannabis via passed legislation, versus a ballot initiative with a majority vote. The state of Vermont had a similar action compared to Illinois when it legalized the possession of cannabis with legislation, however sales of cannabis did not get legalized through legislation.
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