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Q: Recreational marijuana: legalize or decriminalize?
A: Not yet (1/10/19)
"Unless it fails in one of the committees, I expect it is going to end up on the floor of the Senate," Bakk said.
He added that he supported legislation in 2009 to legalize medical marijuana that was vetoed by then-Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his wife is a very strong supporter of the measure. (4/8/14)
Until now, DFL House and Senate leaders weren’t giving medical marijuana much of a chance this year. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said a floor vote on the bill in its current form is unlikely. But Bakk said a compromise measure could provide some “incremental progress.”
“If there are some blends of that that can treat health-related illnesses that can’t be used for people to alter moods, I think that’s absolutely worth exploring,” said Bakk, DFL-Cook. “I want to explore that with the governor and the law enforcement community.” (2/23/14)
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