After four years of hearings on the full legalization of cannabis with constant obstruction by a Republican Senate Majority, we collectively decided enough is enough – it is time to get serious about legalizing cannabis in Minnesota.
In 2019, Senate Republicans held a hearing on a bill for full legalization carried by Senator Melisa López Franzen (D-Edina) with the express intent of voting it down. Following the 2019 hearing, Senate Republicans indicated that they had their position on cannabis legalization.
In 2021, House Democrats held 12 hearings on HF600 (Winkler, D-Golden Valley) to legalize the adult use of cannabis in Minnesota. The bill passed with bipartisan support in the House, with five Republicans voting with the DFL to pass the bill, which kicked the issue to the Republican Controlled Senate for 2022.
In 2022, Governor Walz (D) included a proposal for legalization of cannabis in his supplemental budget request. However, when asked by reporters, Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) indicated he “did not see a path” for legalization. The Senate held no hearings, and the issue was pronounced dead at the legislature.