WHAT’S UP IN MINNESOTA?

Legal Status: Recreational cannabis is illegal. Medical cannabis has been legal since 2014.

WHERE DO MINNESOTA’S SENATORS STAND?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • In a statement released by her presidential campaign, Sen. Klobuchar declared her support for legalizing cannabis. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the STATES Act of 2019, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the STATES ACT, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level, allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses, and end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

Sen. Tina Smith - D

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

WHERE DO MINNESOTA’S REPRESENTATIVES STAND?

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-1) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told CBS Minnesota he does not support the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2018)
  • Said he does not support releasing people who have been convicted of non-violent drug crimes from prison. (2018)
  • Received an F grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Minnesota’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Rock, Steele, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona, Cottonwood (partial), Rice (partial)

 

Rep. Angie Craig (MN-2) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “I support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes for people 21 and over. This should be taxed and regulated.” (2018)
  • Said she supports releasing people who have been convicted of non-violent drug crimes from prison. (2018)

Received an A grade from NORML. (2018)

Minnesota’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Dakota, Goodhue, Scott, Wabasha, Rice (partial), Washington (partial)

 

Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-3) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “Cannabis should be removed from the Federal list of Schedule I substances and its regulation, distribution and taxation should be left to the states. Thirty-one states already allow cannabis for medicinal purposes and an additional nine have legalized it for recreational use. I oppose the Administration’s change in policy that will allow the federal government to take action against these states.” (2018)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Minnesota’s 3rd district covers the following counties:

Anoka (partial), Hennepin (partial), Carver (partial)

 

Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level.
  • Cosponsors the STATES ACT, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level, allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses, and end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsors the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsors the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would allow VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal.
  • Cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Minnesota’s 4th district covers the following counties:

Ramset (partial), Washington (partial)

 

Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “Legalizing recreational cannabis nationwide would benefit both our economy and criminal justice system. We cannot move towards this goal without expunging the records and seeking amnesty for those incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses.” (2018)
  • Rep. Omar’s campaign website reads: “Legalize recreational cannabis nationwide, expunge the records and seek amnesty for those incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses.” (2018)
  • Received a A grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Minnesota’s 5th district covers the following counties:

Anoka (partial), Hennepin (partial), Ramsey (partial)

 

Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-6) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a B- grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Minnesota’s 6th district covers the following counties:

Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Anoka (partial), Carver (partial), Hennepin (partial), Stearns (partial), Washington (partial)

 

Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-7) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Minnesota’s 7th district covers the following counties:

Becker, Big Stone, Chippewa, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Lake of the Woods, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Roseau, Sibley, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine, Beltrami (partial), Cottonwood (partia), Stearns (partial)

 

Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-8) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “I have seen firsthand the devastating affects of the opioid crisis during my 22 years as a police officer with the city of Duluth. I have had to deliver death notifications to unsuspecting parents and it has shaped my opinion on legalization of drugs. My job as a police officer was to protect my citizens and get all drugs off our streets and out of the hands of our youngest and brightest, which includes marijuana.” (2018)Received a D grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Minnesota’s 8th district covers the following counties:

Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis, Wadena, Beltrami (partial)

 

WHERE DOES Minnesota'S GOVERNOR STAND?

Gov. Tim Walz - D

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  • Denounced lawmakers who kept the legislature from debating recreational cannabis legalization during the 2019 legislative session. (2019)
  • Endorsed legalizing recreational cannabis and expunging past cannabis-related convictions. (2018)
  • Quote, in reference to cannabis legalization: “This system would include investments in youth education, proper testing of all marijuana products, and a regulatory structure that puts controls on growing, distribution and sales… We have an opportunity in Minnesota to replace the current failed policy with one that creates tax revenue, grows jobs, builds opportunities for Minnesotans, protects Minnesota kids, and trusts adults to make personal decisions based on their personal freedoms.” (2018)
  • Introduced the VA Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018, which would have authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct research on medical cannabis. (2018)
  • Cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting marijuana users and businesses in states where recreational marijuana is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate marijuana businesses. (2014)

TAKE ACTION IN MINNESOTA

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