Minnesota marijuana bill heads to House floor vote this week
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) — Legislation that would legalize cannabis use for adults and expunge most minor marijuana convictions is expected to head to a full floor vote in the Minnesota House this week after a dozen hearings.
The floor vote would be the first time that a legalization bill has made it that far in the Legislature. It’s likely to pass the Democratic-controlled House but its chances remain slim in the Republican-controlled Senate.
GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says he doesn’t see cannabis legalization as a priority. Legalization activists are pinning their hopes on the 2022 election.