Sensible Change Minnesota’s Advocacy Committee is excited to share our Agenda for 2021! Given the current situation with COVID-19 and the limitations that puts on advocacy organizations, we have scaled back the issues we are working on this year.
- Add raw cannabis flower as an allowable delivery method for medical cannabis.
- Protect patients on probation, parole, or conditional court release who use medical cannabis.
- Allow for an affirmative necessity defense for medical cannabis patients who are charged with crimes for cannabis possession and provide remedies for patients who have been discriminated against.
- Codify into statute certain program changes made during the Governor’s Peacetime Emergency. Specifically, the curbside pick-up and the provision that allows caregivers to serve more than one patient outside of the same household.
We continue to work with House Majority Leader, Representative Ryan Winkler (D-Golden Valley) to ensure patients and consumers are at the forefront of adult use policy. Our priorities include:
- Keeping medical cannabis products tax free.
- Improving accessibility for patients.
- Ensuring products are free of contaminants, including pesticides and heavy metals.
- Providing funding for consumer education and youth prevention.
Exclude adulterant screening, purity test kits, and hypodermic needles from the definition of drug paraphernalia.
Add a small amount of cannabis concentrates, edibles, and liquids to the definition of “small amount,” effectively decriminalizing possession of non-flower cannabis products. Additionally, this bill will remove the drug education program requirement for possession of a small amount, remove the driver’s license revocation requirement for possession of a small amount of cannabis, and expunge records for individuals with felony records if the charge would no longer be a felony following enactment of the law.
Other Important Legislative Proposals
- Petition for a federal DEA exemption for medical cannabis. This would help to reconcile state and federal law in regards to the medical use of cannabis using an administrative process.
- Remove cannabis and non-synthetic THC from the Schedule I classification in Minnesota.
Who we’re working with:
- Kurtis Hanna of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition;
- Minnesota NORML;
- Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation;
- Minnesota Veterans for Cannabis;
- United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189;
- Marijuana Policy Project; and
- Vireo Health (f/k/a Minnesota Medical Solutions).
Want to help?
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- Complete the volunteer interest form; or
- Make a financial contribution to support our work.
If you have questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to Maren Schroeder, Policy Director, [email protected]