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RELEASE: BREAKTHROUGH ON CANNABIS BILL?: Republican Successfully Amends Cannabis Bill Providing Tax Relief for Minnesotans, Signals More Bipartisan Support For Legalization

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ST. PAUL, MN —State Representative Patrick Garofalo, R-Farmington, successfully amended House File 600, the Cannabis Omnibus Bill, today during a hearing in the House Taxes Committee. Rep. Garofalo’s amendment requires all extra tax revenue generated from the sale of legalized cannabis, beyond the costs of the bill, to be dedicated to a tax relief account. The amendment passed with broad bipartisan support on a voice vote.

“The adoption of this amendment is a gamechanger,” said Rep. Garofalo. “The Democrat majority accepting this amendment means that if signed into law, this bill will result in lowering taxes Minnesotans are FORCED to pay, financed with the revenue generated from taxes that people are CHOOSING to pay.”

Garofalo also added, “While this bill would benefit from further improvements, this is a very positive movement towards gaining additional support from conservatives.”

A copy of the Garofalo amendment can be found here.