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