On Wednesday, a reform to authorize cannabis in Minnesota advanced past a 4th House commission, bringing it a step closer to the chamber’s floor vote.
Last month, Ryan Winkler (House Majority Leader), Speaker Hortman Melissa, and other legislators submitted the measure. It would permit twenty-one, and over individuals to buy and possess not more than 1.5 ounces and grow not more than eight plants; however, four should be mature.
The House Agriculture Finance and Policy Commission got testimonials from industry stakeholders, advocates, and members that posed many queries to Ryan. Legislators voted 8-5 to pass the reform.
This arrives 21 days after the Business and Workforce Development Policy and Finance Commission approved the reform. It also passed through the Industry, Labour, Miltary, and Veterans Affairs Finance and Policy Caucus and the Commerce policy and Finance Committee.
During yesterday’s hearing, the association passed a policy change that revises hemp definition and outlines a structure that regulators should follow when they suspect cannabis commodities are being disbursed in breach of the decree.
The majority leader pointed out that legalization of recreational marijuana is imminent in Minnesota. Adding that the issue is not about whether the state can stop that trend but whether it’s well-prepared to conduct the procedure conscientiously.
He said that they’ve heard repeatedly that a marijuana marketplace is a platform for the state’s medium- and small-sized marijuana businesses’ success. It would also create employment opportunities.
The legislation now heads to the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee.
Winkler’s reform as launched is similar to the bill he submitted in 2020, with a few technical amendments. He had dubbed it the most excellent legalization reform in America during that time. However, the reform didn’t ascend during that session.
The reform prioritizes social equity by enabling diverse licensing and safeguarding the market against dominance from corporate players.