Marijuana legalization bill could come before DFL-controlled legislature this session

Might you be able to pick up a pack of Marb Greens at your local SuperAmerica in the not-too-distant future?
Might you be able to pick up a pack of Marb Greens at your local SuperAmerica in the not-too-distant future?

Earlier this month, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use. With relatively pot-friendly DFLers in control of government here in Minnesota, might the Land of 10,000 Lakes become the third state to green light green-lighting?

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Toward that end, the Minnesota Daily reports that "NORML is in the process of working with attorneys and the state Legislature's Revisor's Office to draft legislation that would regulate marijuana like alcohol in Minnesota." Legal pot already has a few legislative backers, including Sen. John Marty, who told the Daily: "I think we should treat drug use more as a health issue than as a criminal issue." We agree -- after all, eating loads of granola is bad for you!

In 2009, a DFL-controlled legislature passed a conservative medical marijuana bill that basically only legalized ganja for those on death's doorstep (for instance, cancer patients wanting to smoke to treat nausea from chemotherapy were disqualified). But it was vetoed by Tim 'bong water is a controlled substance' Pawlenty, and with pot-unfriendly MNGOPers in control of the legislature throughout the last biennium, reforming Minnesota's marijuana laws hasn't been a priority since.

In 2009, more than 60 percent of Minnesotans supported medical marijuana, and according to a national Gallup poll conducted last year, legalized pot is supported by 50 percent of Americans, with 46 percent opposed. (Of course, what a majority of Americans want is one thing, and what DEA agents working for the Obama administration want is another.)

Gay marriage and legal pot? Next thing you know, Minnesotans will be asking their new DFL majorities to do something really crazy, like allowing Sunday liquor sales.

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