US (MN): Minnesota governor directs state agencies to prepare for cannabis legalization

Minnesota’s governor is setting the stage for cannabis legalization in 2020.

While it’s not clear what a legal cannabis program would look like in the state, as legislators are actively considering several options, Gov. Tim Walz (D) told Minnesota Public Radio that he’s directed state agencies to prepare for implementation in any event.

“My agencies have been tasked to put all of the building blocks in place, from Revenue to the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health,” he said. “We will have everything ready to go, and we will be able to implement it in Minnesota the minute the Legislature moves this.”

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D), who recently wrote an editorial for Star Tribune advocating for cannabis reform, said that he will be sponsoring legalization legislation next year.

“We need to be serious about this issue,” he wrote. “In this year’s legislative session, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate blocked a DFL House proposal to create a task force to study legalization. This would have been a sensible way to address the many issues associated with our current cannabis prohibition and legalization for adult use.”


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