Backers of legalizing recreational marijuana are readying for another push at the Minnesota Legislature, even as opponents form a coalition to fight it.

Paul Aasen with the Minnesota Safety Council:

“We are very concerned about impairment in the work place, and everyplace.”

House Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler responds:

“Using criminal justice as a way to regulate a substance that most people can use safely and moderately doesn’t make any sense.  We don’t do that for cigarettes.  We don’t do it for alcohol.   We should not do it for cannabis.”

Moves to legalize recreational marijuana face stiff opposition in the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate.  It could well be an issue this fall when the entire legislature is on the ballot.