This week, we finished passing our remaining budget proposals in the House. All together, our Higher Education, Legacy, Environment and Clean Energy, Housing, Veterans, Elections, State and Local Government, K-12 Education, Agriculture, Transportation, Early Learning, Children & Families, Jobs & Labor, Human Services, Pensions, Commerce, Judiciary & Public Safety, Tax, and Health budget proposals will build a better Minnesota for everyone.
We’ve also passed some significant “stand-alone” bills, including the bill we took up on Monday (and continued debating on Tuesday) to legalize cannabis for adult-use in Minnesota.
Our bill, which I co-authored, is built on years of working with stakeholders and talking with Minnesotans to ensure that when we do legalize cannabis for adult-use in our state, we do it right. It’s time.
Our decades-long war on drugs has failed, contributing to awful racial disparities in our criminal justice system, and are we any safer for it? By creating a regulatory framework we can address the harms caused by cannabis, establish a more sensible set of laws, and improve our healthcare and criminal justice systems.
Minnesotans deserve the freedom and respect to make responsible decisions about cannabis use themselves. Let's legalize it.
The Senate will be voting on the bill today. Should it pass, it’s expected to be different from our version in the House. Like our differing budget bills, a conference committee made up of House and Senate members will then work together to create a final bill to be passed by the House and Senate one final time before being sent to Governor Walz - who has said he would sign it into law.
You can read more about the bill we passed in the House here.
Protecting Minnesotans, Not Big Pharma
Our Commerce Budget invests in the safeguards consumers need, and protects the pocketbooks of Minnesotans.
We will not raise the white flag to Big Pharma and settle for a health care system that gouges Minnesotans for the price of their life-necessary prescription drugs. We voted YES on my bill to cap insurance costs of insulin, asthma meds, and epi-pens, as well as related medical supplies. And we voted YES to create a prescription drug affordability board with authority to set upper limits on high cost drugs. It's the right thing to do.
You can catch my remarks on this provision in our Commerce Budget here.