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Pro-legalization Rep. Rena Moran says she won't author marijuana legalization bill

Pro-legalization Rep. Rena Moran says she won't author marijuana legalization bill
Rep. Rena Moran

Yesterday, we broke the news that Minnesota NORML, for the first time, plans to push legislation next session that would legalize marijuana in Minnesota.

Marcus Harcus, the new associate director of MN NORML, told us the organization is targeting pro-legalization Rep. Rena Moran (D-St. Paul) as the possible author of the bill in the House. Moran, you'll recall, recently told a pro-medical marijuana rally, "Let's create a system where we can tax and regulate the sale, so we can invest more wisely in all of us." (Read our post about that rally here.)

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But despite those comments, Moran told us yesterday she won't serve as the sponsor MN NORML is seeking next session.

"As I have stated in the past, I support taxing and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana," Moran wrote in an email. "However, I do not plan on authoring any legislation on the matter."

We followed up with this question: Why?

"I do not want to commit to authoring any legislation on recreational marijuana until a couple things happen," Moran replied. "First, I want to observe the impact of the medical cannabis law once it is in full effect. Second, I want to get a better understanding of how my entire district feels about recreational marijuana and the impact it would have on them."

"It's a matter of doing due diligence, which takes time," she concluded.

So this much is clear -- Moran, along with Julie Rosen and Bill Ingebrigtsen, the authors of this hilarious anti-pot letter they sent to their colleagues last session -- won't be authoring a marijuana legalization bill any time soon. Will other legislators emerge as NORML's pro-pot advocate? Time, along with public opinion, will tell.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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