Minnesota House Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler Tuesday morning (11am) outlines guiding principles for a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota:

Winkler promised earlier he’ll introduce a bill that will be “the state-of-the-art in the country,” the result of 15 listening sessions around Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz supports legalizing recreational marijuana, but Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka does not:

“We did a hearing on that last year. We brought in people from Colorado and all of the data was bad: Homelessness rates were up. Accident rates were up. Mental health problems were up.”

Gazelka says he’s willing to explore ways of reducing the cost of *medical* marijuana, as long it’s not a path to recreational marijuana, as he says happened in Colorado. BW at the Cap.