Minnesota House votes 72-61 to legalize cannabis; vote in Senate unlikely | KSTP.com

Minnesota House votes 72-61 to legalize cannabis; vote in Senate unlikely

Marijuana buds are shown at Huron View Provisioning in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sancya. Marijuana buds are shown at Huron View Provisioning in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

Kyle Brown
Updated: May 13, 2021 11:41 PM
Created: May 13, 2021 11:29 PM

In a 72-61 vote late Thursday night, the DFL-controlled Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over.

The bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, would allow for the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana and expunge the criminal records of non-violent offenses involving cannabis.

“The war on drugs is a failed policy. The harms caused by current cannabis laws cannot be allowed to continue," Winkler said in a statement. "Minnesota’s illegal cannabis market creates bad outcomes for everyone. Responsible regulations and safeguards to prevent youth access are a better solution to address the harms our current laws fail to address.”

The vote fell largely along party lines, with four Democrats voting against and six Republicans voting in favor.


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