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Legal Cannabis Bill Gets First Public Hearing In Minnesota House committee

The bill would legalize adult use cannabis in the state

Representatives in a Minnesota House committee hosted the first public hearing about a proposed marijuana legalization bill Wednesday. 

The hearing in the House of Representatives’ Commerce, Finance and Policy Committee was the first of what Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said would be many more committee stops and further discussion this year. Winkler called Wednesday’s conversation the “kickoff” for the bill, which the chairman said has garnered a great deal of public interest. It passed out of the committee Wednesday on a 10-7 vote. 

The bill, which would legalize adult-use cannabis in the state of Minnesota, was first introduced at the beginning of the month by Winkler and other DFL lawmakers. In his opening remarks, Winkler said marijuana is already “widley available” in Minnesota, but is “poorly regulated.” 

Winkler and other advocates in the hearing touted the plant’s health benefits for pain-related ailments and disorders like PTSD. He also said cannabis has “broad” public support in Minnesota. 

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