Minnesota lawmakers are seeking public input on adult-use cannabis legalization through 15 “Be Heard on Cannabis” discussions, which were announced late last month.
House Majority Leader Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) hosted the second discussion in North Minneapolis on Sept. 25, where attendees throughout the Twin Cities discussed the importance of adult-use legislation that ensures local communities have control of cannabis production, according to a Minnesota Daily report.
“We want to make sure it’s not just big corporations coming in to make a bunch of money as we make this change and that it actually benefits people in Minnesota,” Winkler said, according to the news outlet.
Winkler will host the next event in St. Paul next month and is optimistic that a legalization bill will pass the DFL-controlled House in the next legislative session, although the Republic-controlled Senate could pose an obstacle, Minnesota Daily reported.
A Senate committee rejected this year’s proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis in March.