What to know as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1

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What to know as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1

What to know as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1

Minnesotans can legally possess and grow their own marijuana for recreational purposes starting Tuesday, Aug. 1, subject to limits meant to keep a lid on things while the state sets up a full-blown legal cannabis industry.

The Democratic-controlled Minnesota Legislature approved a massive legalization bill and Democrat Gov. Tim Walz signed it in May.

What to know as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1

At least one Minnesota tribe plans to take advantage of its sovereignty and allow sales right away. But the state projects most legal retail sales won’t begin until early 2025, while it creates a licensing and regulatory system for the new industry.

Legalization followed a debate between critics who fear the impacts on public safety and young people and supporters who argue that prohibition of the drug had failed. Backers of the law framed legalization noted that people of color were more likely than whites to be arrested for minor offenses, and to suffer lasting consequences in employment and housing.

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