ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 23, 2018) – A bill filed in the Minnesota House would legalize marijuana, setting the foundation to nullify federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state.
Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) introduced House Bill 4541 (HF4541) with 11 co-sponsors on May 20. The legislation would allow adults aged 21 or older to possess, use, purchase or transport up to one ounce of marijuana. Disobeying the rules and regulations for possession and distribution of marijuana would still be considered a criminal offense under the law.
Local communities would be permitted to levy special regulations on retail marijuana stores, cultivation facilities and manufacturing centers as long as they don’t restrict them from operating. The health commissioner would be tasked to write regulations for processors, retailers and transporters under guidelines listed in the bill.
Despite the federal prohibition on marijuana, measures such as HF4541 remain perfectly constitutional, and the feds can do little if anything to stop them in practice.
Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the feds maintain complete prohibition of cannabis. Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate marijuana within the borders of a …
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