Minnesota Senate panel votes against recreational marijuana

Published 7:47 pm Monday, March 11, 2019

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Senate committee has voted to kill a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, making it unlikely that the legislation will pass this year.

The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 along party lines to reject the bill Monday after defeating a motion to keep the discussion going by sending it to another committee without a recommendation one way or the other. The panel also rejected forming a task force to conduct a comprehensive study and come back with recommendations on marijuana-related issues.

Ten states and the District of Columbia allow recreational marijuana.

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Minnesota allows for medical marijuana under strict rules but does not permit recreational use.