To Go On The 2018 Ballot, The Measure Needs To Pass The State House And Senate, Which Would Also Be Tasked With Crafting Guidelines For Commercial Regulation, Taxation And The Permitted Amount A Person Is Able To Possess.

To go on the 2018 ballot, the measure needs to pass the state House and Senate, which would also be tasked with crafting guidelines for commercial regulation, taxation and the permitted amount a person is able to possess. I think if given the opportunity, Minnesotans would send a strong message to those who have kept in place a status quo, failed policy of prohibition that legalization is long overdue, he added. Mesta was approached by law enforcement a few years ago about submitting a legalization bill, but felt the timing wasnt right. Whats changed, he said, is more thorough studies on THC derivatives, and a recent spike in use of synthetic marijuana. His bill is the second this week to appear in St. Paul on the subject of legalization. Deputy House Minority Leader Jon Applebaum, DFL-Minnetonka, introduced a bill Wednesday to simply legalize recreational marijuana, no ballot measure needed. Like Metsas offering, Applebaum calls for the Legislature to build regulations for licensing and manufacturing by 2019. He calls for the use, possession and purchase of up to 1 ounce, while manufacturers could grow up to six marijuana plants at a time.

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