Last week I joined my Senate counterpart, Senator Foung Hawj, for our first Legacy “conference committee” meeting. Conference Committees are committees made up of members from each house appointed to reconcile the differences between two versions of a bill—in this case, the Legacy budget bill. I am looking forward to the robust conversations with my colleagues as we work to build a bill that is reflective of our communities needs, putting together a final bill that honors our commitment to our outdoor heritage, clean water, parks and trails, and arts and cultural heritage.
In our first meeting, House and Senate nonpartisan staff walked through the differences between the two bills, which you can watch here. We have a lot in common with our Senate DFL counterparts and will be working hard this week to come to a final agreement.
Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis
Last Wednesday was a historic day at the House as we voted to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state of Minnesota. Our current cannabis laws are doing more harm than good, and passing this bill is far past due. This legislation creates a safe, well-regulated legal marketplace for Minnesotans over the age of 21. It prioritizes automatic expungement of prior marijuana convictions. Finally, the bill will help start-up cannabis businesses to ensure the communities disproportionately affected by prohibition can take part in the economic opportunity created by legalization. I was proud to vote “yes” on this legislation in 2021 and did so again this week.