ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota State Senators approved a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis on Saturday. The legislation now heads to Governor Tim Walz, who has expressed his commitment to signing it into law.
According to the Associated Press, the new law would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess, use, and cultivate marijuana for personal use at home. However, it is anticipated that the launch of retail sales could take up to a year.
In addition to existing sales tax, the legislation incorporates a 10% tax on cannabis products. It also establishes possession limits, allowing up to 2 pounds of cannabis flower at home and 2 ounces in public. Furthermore, possession caps include 800 milligrams of THC in edibles and 8 grams of concentrate.
Individuals in Minnesota who have prior convictions for misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor possession would have their records automatically expunged under the new legislation. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has projected that the expungement process could take until August of the following year due to the volume of cases.
The bill was approved strictly along party lines with a vote of 34-32.