Could This State Be the Next to Become Recreational?
March 12, 2017

Could This State Be the Next to Become Recreational?

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Nicole Richter Nicole Richter / Updated on March 12, 2017

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According to dopemagazine Minnesota, if they play their cards right, could soon be on the map, joining another 8 states that are legalized for recreational use.

In early 2017, two Democratic lawmakers planned to introduce bills to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. While the bills are still on the table, if one of the measures passes, it would make Minnesota the ninth state to allow for the legal sale and use of marijuana.

What are Marijuana Taxes going to be Used for?

The first bill proposed by Rep, Jon Applebaum aims at regulating marijuana like alcohol. His hope is that it would allow the state to receive increased tax revenues from marijuana sales that could then be used to fund public schools.

The proposed bill would allow any Minnesotan over the age of 21 to use and buy up to one ounce of marijuana. The aim is that these news laws will come into effect starting 2019.

Rep. Applebaum mentioned: “Ultimately, I envision a billion dollar ‘Made in Minnesota’ marijuana economy, where the products are grown by Minnesota farmers, distributed by Minnesota companies and sold by Minnesota small business owners. Ideally, all tax proceeds would be directed towards funding Minnesota’s public schools and would result in lower taxes for Minnesota families.”

The second bill, put forth by Rep. Tina Liebling, is proposed as a constitutional amendment. The bill, supported by Rep. Liebling and eight other Minnesota lawmakers—all Democrats—proposes to let Minnesota voters decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana.

Under Rep. Liebling’s plan, the tax revenue derived from recreational marijuana would go toward chemical dependency treatment, as well as mental health education and treatment. “My bill would let citizens decide whether it is time to try a different path—one already successfully paved by many other states,” she said in the same statement.

What’s the verdict?

As of now, Minnesota is classed as a medical marijuana state, but some politicians are aggressively pushing forward new bills that would add this state to the list of recreational states. Although, it doesn’t seem like anything is going to change in the near future, it is definitely a step in the right direction.

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