Minnesota Governor Backs Cannabis Legalization In Budget Recommendations

The governor said the prohibition of marijuana hasn’t worked for Minnesota

A public safety and health budget proposal from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan aimed at addressing a surge in violent crime through law enforcement funding and community programs also includes a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults.

At a Wednesday, Jan. 26, news conference explaining the final details of the administration’s supplemental budget recommendations, Walz and Flanagan touted their proposals to invest more than $300 million over the next three years on city, county and tribal public safety agencies across the state, as well as more than $60 million in grants for community efforts aimed at reducing youth crime.

It’s the latest set of recommendations part of billions in proposed spending from the governor’s office.

“The rash of crime we are seeing right now — the age is stunningly low. Thirteen, 14-year-olds, as young as 11,” Walz told reporters. “The process it’s going to take to protect Minnesotans and to move back upstream to prevent that is going to take a coordinated community effort and it is going to take a budget that is both immediate for the protection of Minnesotans and long-term for reduction.”

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