Majority Leader Gazelka responds to House Democrats push to legalize recreational marijuana

On Monday, Minnesota House Democrats unveiled a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota.

Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) issued the following statement:

“We are focused on the Minnesota Priorities that balance the budget without raising taxes, safely reopen schools and businesses to recover our economy, and support families. I would not consider legalizing recreational marijuana as a Minnesota priority.  

“I am open to looking at additional medicinal uses and a conversation around drug sentencing. My main concerns are the unintended consequences of recreational pot, similar to the concerns we all have about tobacco, drinking, or prescription drug abuse. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences. We’re just starting to learn about legalization’s adverse effects in other states like Colorado and Washington. There is no reason to rush this in Minnesota without learning more.”