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New bills would legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota

Published Jan 28, 2019 04:47 p.m. ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two Minnesota lawmakers have proposed legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana to the state, hoping to start what they acknowledge will be a long and contentious discussion.

Edina Democrat Melissa Franzen introduced the measure in the Senate, and Golden Valley Democrat Mike Freiberg proposed it in the House. They said at a news conference their proposal focuses on establishing a regulatory framework for legal sales of recreational cannabis starting in 2022 and for taxing them.

Franzen and Freiberg say they’re hoping to at least get hearings on the issue.

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While there’s a new Democratic majority in the Minnesota House, Republicans still hold a slim majority in the state Senate, where Majority Leader Paul Gazelka issued a statement saying that he doesn’t think the legislation will pass this year.

Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press

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