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

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Rep. Rena Moran
Yesterday, we broke the news that Minnesota NORML, for the first time, plans to push legislation next session that would legalize marijuana in Minnesota.

Marcus Harcus, the new associate director of MN NORML, told us the organization is targeting pro-legalization Rep. Rena Moran (D-St. Paul) as the possible author of the bill in the House. Moran, you'll recall, recently told a pro-medical marijuana rally, "Let's create a system where we can tax and regulate the sale, so we can invest more wisely in all of us." (Read our post about that rally here.)

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But despite those comments, Moran told us yesterday she won't serve as the sponsor MN NORML is seeking next session.

"As I have stated in the past, I support taxing and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana," Moran wrote in an email. "However, I do not plan on authoring any legislation on the matter."

We followed up with this question: Why?

"I do not want to commit to authoring any legislation on recreational marijuana until a couple things happen," Moran replied. "First, I want to observe the impact of the medical cannabis law once it is in full effect. Second, I want to get a better understanding of how my entire district feels about recreational marijuana and the impact it would have on them."

"It's a matter of doing due diligence, which takes time," she concluded.

So this much is clear -- Moran, along with Julie Rosen and Bill Ingebrigtsen, the authors of this hilarious anti-pot letter they sent to their colleagues last session -- won't be authoring a marijuana legalization bill any time soon. Will other legislators emerge as NORML's pro-pot advocate? Time, along with public opinion, will tell.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Sara Schieve
Sara Schieve

Medical law is weak and I was really hoping to get help from it. Especialy seeing the positive results my mom has recieved in California. The prison-industrial complex has their hooks in deep.

Allen Thorpe
Allen Thorpe

The medical use law that was passed is bs it does not cover all that it should

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

"It's a matter of doing due diligence, which takes time," she concluded.  Jeez - do any of you people have any reading comprehension skills at all or do you just look at a headline and start commenting?  It'll happen - it just won't happen overnight. The rest of the country is still watching CO and WA. This fall, expect AK to put it on the ballot. Once states start seeing what an economic boon this is - plus savings from enforcement, court costs and incarceration as well as taking money out of the gang-bangers' hands, it'll sweep the country as fast as gay marriage. (Well, maybe almost as fast.) 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

some old white fuck with nothing to lose needs to get his skin the game

Jason Suess
Jason Suess

So in other words....just another politician who says one thing to get votes and when it's time to put those policies in place you turn you're back on those who voted for you in in favor of not creating political waves to save you're own career and to keep those big money donors happy!!???!!!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

wont happen, people are scared...as usual

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

But it's a first step in the right direction.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MNjoe People are such simpletons these days.  These are the same idiots who said medical would never pass. 

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