Minnesota Governor Says Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Is Priority for Upcoming Legislative Session
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Minnesota Governor Says Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Is Priority for Upcoming Legislative Session

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said during a podcast with his son, Tyrel Ventura, that Gov. Tim Walz, who won reelection in this month’s election, will push for legalization next year.

November 14, 2022

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is making adult-use cannabis legalization a priority for the state’s upcoming legislative session.

That’s according to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who said during a recent podcast with his son, Tyrel Ventura, that Walz told him legalizing cannabis will be “one of the first things” that state lawmakers will pass next year, according to a CBS Minnesota report.

The former governor also said that Walz invited him to the ceremony when he signs the legalization bill into law, the news outlet reported.

A spokesperson for Walz told CBS Minnesota that the governor and Jesse Ventura “may work together to get something done.”

The Republican-led Minnesota Senate blocked a floor vote on an adult-use cannabis legalization bill earlier this year, but the party lost control of the chamber in the midterm election last week.

In July, a new law took effect in Minnesota to allow the sale of cannabis edibles and beverages infused with hemp-derived THC, and a poll released in September revealed that 53% of the state’s voters support adult-use legalization.

Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session is set to start on Jan. 3.