House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler has plans for marijuana legislation in the state of Minnesota and is aiming to introduce it early in the 2020 session.
Winkler revealed this week the “principles” that will guide the legislation for the legalization of cannabis use by adults.
The principles are based on the findings and feedback at 15 Be Heard on Cannabis events held by Winkler and other lawmakers around Minnesota in the last few months.
The principles will look at how the cannabis marketplace would be regulated, how it would be handled at the criminal and legal level, what opportunities there would be economically, and what the requirements would be in health and education.
Winkler is establishing the cannabis market in a way that “creates opportunities for inclusive economic growth with an emphasis on communities that have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis laws.”
The DFL also plans for the marijuana marketplace to be homegrown in order to stop “big marijuana from taking over the marketplace.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has indicated in the past that he would be willing to sign a marijuana legalization bill.