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Founded by the leaders of the cannabis legalization movement

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.

Priorities

Founding coalition members worked extensively on HF600 (Winkler), which was voted off the House floor in 2021. We have identified areas where we can improve HF600 as to criminal justice reform, equity, and patient access, and intend to continue advocating for those issues. Overall, our values and priorities include:
  • Equity in a commercial market, prioritizing those most harmed by cannabis prohibition;
  • Preventing “prohibition jurisdictions” throughout the state, mitigating any illicit market dangers for consumers;
  • Safe products on shelves through rigorous industry-standard testing, labeling, and packaging requirements;
  • Investing in our communities through tax revenue targeted at substance use prevention, substance abuse resources, and youth education;
  • Providing economic development opportunities in economically depressed communities;
  • Improving and expanding patient access to medical cannabis;
  • Promoting a “craft” market that allows entry to the industry with more realistic financial investment;
  • Reducing criminal penalties related to cannabis;
  • Expungement and pardoning of cannabis criminal records;
  • Ensuring good, union jobs in the new industry; and
  • Protection for consumers against unjust private consequences for use, such as employment and housing protections.

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The MN is Ready Coalition has opportunities for the approximately 730,000 cannabis-users in Minnesota to support our work. Please click below for more information.

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Allied organizations, non-profits, advocacy groups, labor unions, industry trade groups, ancillary businesses, and members of the cannabis industry are all saying: MN is Ready for a pro-legalization majority in Minnesota. We have opportunities for organizations of all sizes to get involved. Send us a note, and we’ll get in touch with options for you.

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