Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) signed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana on Tuesday, making the North Star State the 23rd in the nation to fully legalize the substance.
“We’ve known for too long that prohibiting the use of cannabis hasn’t worked,” Walz said in a statement. “By legalizing adult-use cannabis, we’re expanding our economy, creating jobs, and regulating the industry to keep Minnesotans safe.”
The legislation allows adults 21 and older to carry up to 2 ounces of marijuana in public and possess up to 2 pounds at home, starting Aug. 1. It will also automatically expunge low-level cannabis convictions and create a board to examine expunging or resentencing felony cannabis convictions.
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