Lawmakers have introduced an adult-use marijuana legalization bill in Minnesota, and newly empowered Democrats say a friendlier political landscape bodes well for the bill's passage. For the first time in eight years, the Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) controls both the state Senate and House of Representatives after the new state legislature was sworn in on Tuesday. Legalization also has the support of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz. Medical marijuana has been legal in Minnesota since 2014, although it can only be used under strict restrictions. According to the 2022 MJBiz Factbook, there were only 30,395 registered MMJ patients in Minnesota as of early 2022, and sales last year were not expected to exceed $90 million. With the DFL holding a six-seat majority in the House of Representatives and a majority in the Senate, state lawmakers say the chances of legalization are much better this year.
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