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Minnesota senators approve major overhaul of cannabis legalization bill

Another pair of Minnesota House and Senate committees have approved legislation to legalize cannabis for adult use in the state—with the latter panel adopting a major overhaul of the measure.

The House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee passed the legislation from Rep. Zack Stephenson (D) in a 9-4 vote on Tuesday—the 13th panel in the chamber to advance the reform.

Later in the day, the Senate State and Local Government and Veterans Committee became the tenth panel in the chamber to pass its version of the bill, which is being carried by Sen. Lindsey Port (D), with an 8-5 vote.

“Minnesotans are ready for this change,” Stephenson told House, colleagues. “Current cannabis laws are doing more harm than good, and Minnesotans deserve the freedom and respect to make their own decisions about cannabis.”

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