Pot

(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota House is expected to pass a bill legalizing marijuana this week, but its future in the state Senate isn’t too promising. Democrats control the House, but the Republican-controlled Senate may never bring it up for a vote. That’s not the slam-dunk it used to be. Some Republicans are beginning to ease their opposition. South Dakota voters – in a more conservative state – have voted for legalization and some House Republicans have indicated they support the idea. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler tells W-C-C-O Television some Republicans and Independents support it. He maintains “It’s not a partisan issue.” Our local delegation however remains opposed to legalizing marijuana. Representative Dean Urdahl says a plan floated last week by Representative Pat Garafalo to use tax revenues generated by the sale of pot to reduce taxes flies in the face of plans for that money by democrats...

...Urdahl says talking about a bill that will never pass is wasting valuable time as the session winds down...

...Senator Andrew Lang says tax revenues from the sale of pot would pale in comparison to increased law enforcement and health and human services costs...

...Representatives Tim Miller and Dave Baker also remain against legalizing recreational marijuana.