An influential Republican says a measure he put on a House bill to legalize recreational marijuana increases the possibility of it being signed into law this year.   It requires all extra tax revenue from legalized cannabis sales go into a tax relief account, and Farmington Representative Pat Garofalo says:

“It’s a really strong movement in a direction that I think conservatives like — that we’re not really interested in seeing marijuana legalized for the purposes of growing government and spending more money.”

— but instead lowering taxes.  Garofalo says if they continue to improve the bill there could be a strong vote for it in the House — possibly changing some conservatives’ minds in the GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate.