MN NORML to push for legalization of marijuana next year

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:::: UPDATE :::: Pro-legalization Rep. Rena Moran says she won't author marijuana legalization bill

For the first time in its history, Minnesota NORML plans to draft a marijuana legalization bill for consideration during the next legislative session.

Marcus Harcus, the new associate director of the organization, tells us "the precedent that was set in Colorado and Washington gives me hope that it's a reasonable fight."

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Discussions about the bill are preliminary at this point, but some of the details will be hammered out during an upcoming MN NORML strategic planning retreat, Harcus, who came to NORML from Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, says. Legal experts will be brought in to help write the bill, he adds.

One potential legislative sponsor of the bill MN NORML has already identified is Rep. Rena Moran (D-St. Paul), who spoke in favor of legalization during an MN NORML rally at the Capitol in April.

"Let's create a system where we can tax and regulate the sale," Moran said, "so we can invest more wisely in all of us."

Though this November's elections could change both the governor and the balance of power in the Legislature, Harcus says MN NORML plans to move forward with a legalization bill in any event.

"I think regardless of whether Democrats are in control or not, we're gonna push it," he says.

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Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

Well then the news is lying , they just had 4 dealers on saying they are making just as much as not more money , people from out of state are still coming in and buying it and NOT paying tax's on it buying from dealer's . You say 25% tax on it and what is liquor is about 9% and you think that's right , who's the Dense one ? . A dealer risk his livelihood everyday that he goes to walk , as a former dealer who has done time for dealing , its the chance you take for the money you make . Good day .

Susan Bibeau Bauer
Susan Bibeau Bauer

Bruce, no you won't get it on the street. Because the dealers make more money on it legally, & have no risk of going to jail. You're dense if you think a deal will risk their livelihood for you to not pay tax.

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

When an issue like this is in the hands of politicians, never hold your breath. Even if the benefits outweigh the problems.

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

Not saying the Republicans would be ANY better , just saying Dayton is a joke . His tax's just about cost this town 4000 jobs , if he would of got his way Digi-key would of been leaving the state , for North Dakota . You living down by Mpls 4000 jobs would have no impact on you, but it would destroy this town , between Digi-key and Artic Cat that's around 6000 jobs, Artic Cat alone could not keep this town alive . I understand about the pain , but do you fit into the few people who Dayton is going to let get it . He's only letting a hand full get it and thousands are left to fend for them self and will have to keep breaking the law , face fines and jail time , because he don't think they should have it .

Charles Barry
Charles Barry

Dayton has a few quirks, but the republican agenda would be worse than the cure.

Charles Barry
Charles Barry

Being a disabled vet with chronic pain, who also loves Pink 'Floyd, bring it on.

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

You go ahead and get ripped off , and I will go and get it from the streets , just like Dayton told the mother's of the sick kids to do , he only became OK with it AFTER the back lash . He and his cop buddy's have NO right in how a law should be written , there jobs are to see that it is enforced , not saying who should or shouldn't get it , that is up to my Doctor , NOT Dayton and his Cop buddy's . And Dayton DID NOT take the first steps , he was against it to start , so that BS don't float .

Susan Bibeau Bauer
Susan Bibeau Bauer

Colorado is making money hand over fist on legalized pot. There have been some bumps, but they're getting worked out... give it a few more years and see how to implement it correctly the first time... let the growing pains be in another state

Susan Bibeau Bauer
Susan Bibeau Bauer

Dayton was your first step to getting it passed. No state has passed it that didn't have medicinal first. And sorry, but since I live in CO, I can tell you that people come from far and wide to pay the 25% tax on it and take home their .25-1oz (out of state .25oz, in state 1oz)

greenthinks
greenthinks

Minnesota is ran bought and sold by the Jewish Mafia organized crime is so rampant that it isnt discussed .The newspapers were co-opted decades ago This is the personal territory of Meyer Lansky the brains behind the modernization of the mob. The liquor industry was at one time so jewish dominated that every liquor license in Minneapolis was Jewish owned Gambling is rampant over tghe whole state care of Chickie Berman and Grand Casinos the originator of Indian casino gambling . Members of the White earth tribe were caught years ago in new Jersey with well known hardcore mob members but it was hushed up in Minnesota. Hennipen County is the most crooked court system in the country . Prostitution is all over downtiown minneapolis ringing the Target Center with strip clubs that are fronts for high end prostitution. The liquor industry is against legal marijuana for the simple facvt that it would cut into liquor sales and the guys that bring it into the state (guess who?)   Drug sales are a big big money source of bribes for the courts judges cops  politicians who will fight tooth and nail to keep this source of under the table funding.................................................................

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

Won't get my vote unless it is taxed the same as liquor , and not a penny more , we should not have to pay a higher tax just to get it passed , getting rid of Dayton is the first step . And NO I'm not a smoker anymore .

LittleBoots
LittleBoots

Marijuana will never be legalized in Minnesota. Minnesotans are far too obsequious and quick to bow down to "authority". It's far too socially conservative and far too much of an alcoholic state. Alcoholism is very much tolerated and even promoted in the state and far safer, healthier alternatives such as marijuana do not have much of a place in Minnesotan culture like they have for many decades on the West Coast and Colorado. Minnesota is just too far behind the times and stuck in an obedient, lap dog Frat Bit alcoholic mentality and with better jobs, opportunities and other truly progressive places in the USA to move to, the people in Minnesota that do get it have all left long ago and this trend will on lt continue and grow as the wheat really separates from the chaff. Why would anyone stay in such a backwards blighted boring high tax welfare state like Minnesota when they can move to Seattle, have no income tax, legal marijuana, way better jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs, better weather, mountains, the Pacific Ocean, nowhere near the welfare and urban blight, way lower crime rates, etc...(downtown Seattle actually has tons of businesses and people everywhere, whereas Minnerapolis/Stank Paul are empty with everyone up in skyways and out at the awful Mall) Yuck,] time to move, you betcha MinnesOHta.

eyetod
eyetod

I'd hit it! 





the joint that is.. 

LittleBoots
LittleBoots

Ha ha Minnesota. Marijuana is legal here in Washington State! It's called freedom, you people should look into it. 

LittleBoots
LittleBoots

Marijuana will never be legalized in backwards regressive socially conservative Minnesota. Mark my words it is NEVER going to happen in Minnesota. It is just too Podunk and backwards there. The home of Michelle Bachmann will remain mired in the failed policies of yesteryear while the rest of the civilized world moves on. Minnesota is always 10-20 years behind on all important social issues and thus always follower, never a leader, just an irrelevant backwater. It's just a fact and that's why all the best and brightest have left, mostly for the West Coast, just like myself and all my successful friends, all felt strongly compelled to leave Minnesota so we could be accepted socially and be more successful financially as well. Thank God we did, marijuana is legal here in Seattle! We'll enjoy freedom for you Minneapolis. It's time you people try to drag yourselves get out of the Dark Ages, meanwhile we'll just sit back and keep laughing at you while you try.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

An excellent way to teach politicians the importance of this issue is to donate to NORML instead of their campaign funds.  I know I will be doing that to Minnesota politicians until I marijuana is legalized.



Colorado is getting millions in tax revenues while seeing their crime rate go down.  Gangs can't exist if they don't have the revenue from illegal pot sales.   We need to be ahead of the curve on this instead of behind.  Every year we have legal pot ahead of Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota is millions in revenue.  A farming state like Minnesota needs to be at the forefront of farming innovation.  This is a cash crop worth billions.    Call your reps.   Demand change.  Minnesota needs to be among the leaders.   It makes sense.  

exgeronimo
exgeronimo

Not sure Dem control is all that key considering how Dayton is holding this back. This is one case where Libertarian/Tea Partiers can do something decent for once in their lives, which is what pushed it over the top in WA and CO. Still, after just passing the most restrictive in the world Med MJ bill, what are the chances? Good luck.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

marcus harcus?  what the fuck. 


NORML is a joke and they will fail. the feds are looking to lock up those capitalizing off of green



MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Didn't you get your GED in prison? I'm guessing not.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

taxes

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Learn how to spell - then maybe people will take you seriously. 

majorflowvp
majorflowvp

@LittleBoots well people like you arent helping......its really only the older people who think that way, if more of the younger voters would actually vote when it comes time then it should pass here as well

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@LittleBoots Looks like they are looking into it. Did you actually read the article?

Mild
Mild

@LittleBoots While I can see why some people here are getting upset with your anti-MN rant, I 100% agree with you that recreational legalization is a LONG way from happening in Minnesota. From my own, albeit limited (I've only lived here for four years) experience, I have yet to meet any other smokers here and the few times I've asked people I assumed were cool if they smoked or knew a hook-up, they reacted like I was asking them to hook me up with meth or something. And these were 20-30 year olds who live in MPLS/St. Paul -- a demo you'd assume would be cool with it. So yeah, if medicinal's barely passing here, I doubt recreational will happen anytime soon (although I would absolutely vote for it to be legalized!).

Scoops
Scoops

@LittleBoots Wow.. hyperbolic much? Michelle Bachmann represents one carved out district in Minnesota. Maybe you grew up in that district and thats why you are such a hater, but Minnesota in general has always been known as a progressive state and to suggest otherwise means you really have no idea what you are talking about. Also, Minnesota has always had one of the best economies in the country and Minneapolis is considered one of the best places for recent college grads to find a decent job. So suck on that jag off.. 


Also, hasnt NORML always been pushing for legalization.. That doesnt seem like news. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@exgeronimo The Tea Party and Libertarians have never done shit for freedom in the United States.  The only places that give people more rights are places where liberals are in charge.  The Tea Party spends their time passing new laws about abortion and about picking on gay people   Only idiots fall for their tricks.  


Dayton changed his mind on medical marijuana.  Give him more time and pressure and he will allow legalization.   Tea Party had their chance after 2010 and then spent it passing laws trying to restrict people's ability to vote and gay people's ability to get married.   

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Mild thats cause they are from the farm and go to church and shit

LittleBoots
LittleBoots

@Scoops  Oh yeah, if some of the lowest wages in the country = "decent jobs" then yeah, the economy in Minnesota is doing great. You can probably find a job, for slave wages...I wouldn't even get out of bed for less than 30 an hour in Seattle. So suck that jag off!

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Oh that's right. Ron Paul DIDN"T run for prez in '08 or '12. One of his major platforms WASN"T ending the war on drugs. Smart people like Ron Paul are the real progressives, not any of the false prophets you believe in.

How stupid are you, Stupid? You will always be left behind.

LittleBoots
LittleBoots

@digitalprotocol @Mild  That's exactly my point. Minnesota is very much a socially conservative backwards place. It is only "liberal" in that it is fiscally liberal, ie, big welfare nanny state full of neo liberal control freaks. Only Minnesotans like Scoops who've never lived ina truly progressive society like Washington State think Minnesota is "liberal". Where's your legal marijuana then? Where's your labled GM foods (or even the discussion about it?) Where's your compassionate Right to Die laws? Where are all these things Scoops? Oh yeah, they don't exist in Minnesota because it's a backwards Podunk socially conservative welfare state.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@LittleBoots 

LOL - I hesitated to respond to you in the first place because you tripped my crazy-lady spidey-sense.

Now I know for a FACT that I should have paid attention.


Do us all a favor and stay pissed off at MN and never return.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran Ron Paul isn't a libertarian.  He believes the government should tell gay people who to marry.  He believes the government should tell women what health decisions to make.   That means he is not a libertarian.  He's a conman that tricks very stupid people (you) into giving him money.  That's why he published a white power newsletter in the 1980s.   He's nothing but a conman for stupid bigots.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@LittleBoots 

In 24 months, we'll be netting more profit from legalization than WA.  AND leading the charge on the federal level.

Count on it.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran  uhhh whats to explain. radicalism is un-electable 


ron paul was never a serious contender and to cite him as such, is stupid.


the prez election isnt about issues, its about power and glamour


ron paul is neither glamorous or powerful

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