several businesses, trade groups, and social organizations announced the formation of a coalition on Monday opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in Minnesota as the measure’s supporters signal another push for the issue ahead of the start of the legislative session next week. The proposal passed in the Democratic-controlled House last session with several Republican votes after picking up support from some GOP lawmakers during its trek through a dozen committees, making it the first time either chamber had voted on the issue. The bill would legalize marijuana use for adults, as well as expunge minor cannabis convictions in an effort to remedy inequities in marijuana arrests and convictions among white and Black residents despite similar usage rates. The coalition, called Minnesotans Against Marijuana Legalization, consists of the Minnesota Trucking Association, the state’s police and peace officers association, and the Minnesota Catholic Conference, a policy arm of the Catholic Church of Minnesota, among others.
Mmp News Author, Medical Marijuana Program Connection, 01/24/2022 19:02:00