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.