Gov.-Elect Tim Walz said he's in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana late last week—a sign of approval from the state's future chief executive and a break with his fellow Democrat, sitting Gov. Mark Dayton, who has opposed legalization.
The question remains if legalized recreational cannabis—an issue gaining momentum across the nation—will become a reality, possibly sooner rather than later in Minnesota. Pundits have pointed to the issue as potentially prompting a power struggle in the nation's only split Legislature.
While Walz's statements are noteworthy coming from the mouth of the state's soon-to-be highest executive, he has shown public support for legalized recreational marijuana since at least September of last year—when Walz was in the early stages of his gubernatorial campaign.