Politics Did Minnesota’s marijuana legalization parties kill marijuana legalization? Dave Howard May 6, 2021 Minnesota has two minor political parties focused solely on cannabis legalization. Their candidates may have siphoned enough votes in the Nov. 2020 election to turn a blue seat red—and scuttle the chances of a legalization bill in the state Senate. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) A bill to legalize the adult use of cannabis may pass in Minnesota’s House of Representatives next week. That’s the good news. Here’s the bad news: The bill is not likely to pass in the state Senate. It probably won’t even get a hearing, let alone a full floor vote. There are several reasons for that, not the least of which is that a faction of pro-cannabis forces shot themselves in the foot during the election last November. Republican leaders oppose legalization If the House passes House File 600—the legalization bill—as expected, it moves to the state Senate. If the Senate green-lights it, the legislation then goes to Gov. Tim Walz, who has said he would sign it into law.
Dave Howard, Leafly, 05/06/2021 17:39:00