(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN) Less than an hour after supporters rolled out a bill Monday to make recreational marijuana legal in Minnesota, top Republicans said it doesn’t have a chance of passing the state Senate this year.
Majority Leader Paul Gazelka is voicing multiple concerns: “Everything from distracted driving to homelessness to adolescent development to abuse, are things that we should be looking at.”
Bill sponsor, Edina Democrat Melisa Franzen, argues legalizing recreational use of marijuana has clear benefits, including “making it safer by removing the need for the black market to exist, while eliminating the harm it has done to society.”
Backers hope for at least a hearing on the bill to keep the discussion open.