A bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota cleared the first of  a number of required committees in the Minnesota House this afternoon (Wed) after supporters and opponents told lawmakers their stories.  Tom Evenstad, patient in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program:

“Legalizing cannabis will force the big pot monopoly to finally reduce the highest prices in the nation that have forced patients to other states… or the illicit black market where people have been shot dead over trying to obtain cannabis.”

Heather Backus told lawmakers her only son in July 2021 committed suicide at age 21 due to cannabis-induced psychosis, after he became increasingly paranoid and every guardrail failed:

“He sent us a text and said he was trying to quit.  Forty-five minutes later, he sent a text and said:  I’m sorry.  I love you.  I love my dad.  I wish I would have been a better person.”

Backus warns what’s being proposed is not safe.