Minnesota House Democrats launch push to legalize recreational marijuana

February 2, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota House Democrats have launched a push to legalize recreational marijuana and expunge most minor cannabis convictions.

Democratic House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler framed the issue at a news conference Monday as crucial to narrow racial disparities in the legal system.

Fifteen other states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana for adults to varying degrees. They include neighboring South Dakota, a heavily Republican state where it passed with 54% of the vote in November.

But the proposal is unlikely to get very far in the GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate, where Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has reiterated his opposition.