Backers admit a bill to legalize recreational marijuana that will likely pass the Minnesota House tomorrow (Thurs) has little chance this session in the GOP-controlled state Senate.  But Republican Representative Nolan West from Blaine says the strategy is to get the bill into a form that people can feel comfortable with in 2022:

“I think it’s a better conversation for next year.  The budget is way more important than this.   We should be focusing on the budget.  Why are we doing this right now?   It’s a next-year issue.”

Lawmakers are generally more willing to take on controversial policy issues in even-numbered years, when the full state budget isn’t on their plates.  But even-numbered years are also election years, which heavily influences how lawmakers vote on political hot-button issues.