Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently released a proposed budget for the 2023 session that includes legalizing recreational cannabis in the state, as reported first by CBS Minnesota.
"Prohibition doesn’t work. By legalizing adult-use cannabis, Minnesota can benefit economically, educate the public, and keep people and communities safe through regulation," reads the Gov. budget proposal.
What Does The Proposal Budget Say?
The “One Minnesota Budget” proposal creates a new agency, the Cannabis Management Office, which would be in charge of the implementation of a new regulatory framework to legalize marijuana and hemp-derived products along with the medical cannabis program.
“The office will be headed by a director appointed by the Governor and receive advice from a Cannabis Advisory Council with representatives from experts, local governments, the cannabis industry, and relevant state agencies,” reads the proposal.
The main duties of the office will include:
- to develop, maintain, and enforce an organized system of regulation for the lawful cannabis industry
- to establish programming, services, and notification to protect, maintain, and improve …