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Marijuana legalization: Minnesota House to vote Thursday

The "historic" vote on the House floor is set for Thursday afternoon.

The Minnesota House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill to legalize marijuana use for most adults in the state.

The bill, authored by DFL  House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, has been approved by a dozen committees to this point, most recently the House Ways and Means Committee. This morning, it was announced a "historic" full floor vote in the Minnesota House has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

It's expected to pass the DFL-controlled House, but will face stiff opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate, despite some bipartisan support from Republicans during House committee votes.

The bill, if it were to become law, would do two key things.

First, adults age 21 and above in Minnesota would be allowed to buy and possess cannabis - up to 2 ounces in public, and up to 10 pounds in their homes.

Second, it would expunge the criminal records of people convicted for non-violent offenses involving marijuana.

Winkler has previously called this a bill to help "correct wrongs that have been done for too long in Minnesota to communities who have been overpoliced and targeted for marijuana enforcement."

A Star Tribune/MPR News poll from February of 2020 found 51% of Minnesotans in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, with 37% opposed. Cannabis use is currently legal in 16 states and Washington D.C.

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