Marijuana bill clears Minnesota House in historic vote
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. More changes are coming to Utah's medical cannabis program bills in the state legislature, including easing patients' struggle to find doctors willing to recommend the drug. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota House passed a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use after hours of debate Thursday night in a historic vote that marked the first time either chamber has voted on legalization.
The legislation passed on a 72-61 vote after nearly five hours of debate on the House floor. The legislation made its way through a dozen committee stops this session. Passage of the bill in the Democratic-controlled House was all but assured, though it’s not expected to get a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Longtime proponents of recreational marijuana say passage in the House alone is a heartening step towards legalization.