Bill to legalize recreational marijuana use fails in State Senate committee

March 11, 2019 06:14 PM

A bill that would have made recreational marijuana legal in Minnesota was voted down by a margin of 6-3 in the Minnesota Senate's Judiciary Committee Monday.

KSTP's Tom Hauser reports the vote came after testimony on both sides of the issue.


Hauser reported the committee then voted down the bill by a 6-3 margin a second time - the first vote was to pass with "no recommendation," while the second was to pass and send along to another committee. The vote went along party lines.

RELATED: Minnesota lawmakers file bill to legalize marijuana in Minnesota

The defeat renders the prospect of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state very unlikely this year.

The bill would have allowed 21-year-old Minnesotans to legally use marijuana recreationally.

Ten states have laws on the books that allow for some form of adult use of marijuana.

Minnesota allows the medical use of cannabis for certain conditions.

Recreational marijuana is already legal in the 10 states highlighted in green on the map below.

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