Minnesota House Passes Adult Use Cannabis Bill, Sends to Senate
May 19, 2023 10:12AM CDT
(St. Paul, MN) — A bill legalizing recreational cannabis passed the Minnesota House 73-to-57 Thursday night and now heads to the Senate for a final vote. Representative Zack Stephenson of Coon Rapids told members, “the day has finally arrived.” Maple Grove Republican Kristin Robbins says licensed dispensaries likely won’t open for at least 18 months — and said, “we are creating the black market. We are not eliminating it.” Stephenson says, “in every single state — every single one — that has legalized adult-use cannabis or medicinal cannabis, opioid overdose deaths have decreased significantly, and those decreases have been durable.” The Senate is expected to pass it and send to Governor Walz for his signature.