Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota signed a bill into law on Tuesday legalizing recreational cannabis use in the state.
With Walz’s signature, Minnesota becomes the 23rd state to legalize adult-use cannabis and the third Midwestern state to do so.
“What we know right now is prohibition does not work. We’ve criminalized a lot of folks. We’re going to start the expungement process on those records. We have a situation where buying cannabis on the streets is dangerous,” Walz said at a signing ceremony Tuesday, adding that adults should be able to make their own decisions “around these types of choices.”
Under the measure, Minnesota residents who are 21 years and older will be able to possess up to two ounces of cannabis flower in public and two pounds at home starting August 1. It also gives people with cannabis convictions a chance to clear their records by automatically expunging low-level convictions and establishing a review board to determine eligibility for higher-level offenses.
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