Minnesota Lawmaker to Introduce Recreational Marijuana Bill

Minnesota Lawmaker to Introduce Recreational Marijuana Bill

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On Feb. 8, 2017, Minnesota State Rep. Jon Applebaum announced that he would be introducing a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in the state.

“The world is changing, and Minnesotans are rightfully developing different attitudes on marijuana,” Applebaum said in a statement. “Other states’ successes, along with the failed prohibition attempts of others, have validated the need for a statewide conversation on legalizing the personal, recreational use of marijuana.”

If Applebaum’s bill is passed, adults 21 and older would be allowed to consume, possess and buy up to an ounce of marijuana, as well as grow up to six marijuana plants at home, with no more than three being mature. The bill would also establish a system for licensing and regulating cultivation, manufacturing and sales.

“Ultimately, I envision a billion dollar ‘Made in Minnesota’ marijuana economy, where the products are grown by Minnesota farmers, distributed by Minnesota companies, and sold by Minnesota small business owners,” Applebaum added.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t share Applebaum’s enthusiasm about the prospects of recreational legalization in the state.

“I don’t support it. We’ve got enough drugs, an epidemic of drugs that’s floating through our society right now. And law enforcement’s got to deal with all the consequences of it,” Dayton said, as reported by the Star Tribune.

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