A new pair of polls has found that a majority of Minnesota residents support legalizing adult marijuana use — and one poll showed that more Minnesota residents agree with the state’s move to legalize foods containing THC that was enacted earlier this year.
The first survey from KSTP and SurveyUSA found that 57 percent of respondents support recreational legalization, including a majority of Democrats (62 percent), Republicans (52 percent), and independents (57 percent).
A separate poll from The Star Tribune, MPR News and KARE 11 released Sunday also found that legalization has majority support in Minnesota, albeit by a smaller 53 percent margin.
This poll showed a broader partisan divide on this issue as well. And while 70 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents said they supported ending the ban, only 29 percent of Republicans said the same. There was majority support for legalization across all age groups except for those over 65 (47 percent).
SurveyUSA respondents were asked separately about legislation that Governor Tim Walz (D) signed into law in June which included provisions to provide permanent protection that allows the state Cannabis companies to legally market some cannabis productsIncluding foods and drinks filled with CBD and other cannabinoids.
A strong majority (66 percent) said they agreed with the Legislative Council’s decision on this reform. Once again, support crossed partisan lines, with 76 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Independents supporting a policy change.
Most Minnesota residents would prefer a policy change, but he also recently pushed a medical cannabis company to file a lawsuit against the state, claiming that the unconstitutional law discriminated against the company. Vireo is Fighting for the right to sell THC food For any adult 21 years of age or older, as well as medicinal cannabis products for registered patients.
Support for legalization outweighs opposition among most demographic groups, with exceptions including those who describe themselves as very conservative, who oppose legalization by a 20-point margin, and those over 65, who are very narrowly opposed, 42 percent to 40 percent. SurveyUSA Analysis Says.
This poll that included Interviews with 775 Minnesota adults from August 30 to September 4, with a margin of error of about +/- 4 percentage points—come on the heels of Separate survey conducted by officials with the House of Representatives At the annual state fair which also found majority support for legalization.
This poll by the Legislature found that 61 percent of Minnesota residents support legalizing cannabis use for adults. Thirty percent said they were against legalization, and 8 percent said they had not yet decided.
Support this year rose from 58 percent when the House of Representatives public information services I surveyed exhibition goers on this issue last year. in 2019, House poll found 56 percent Legalization support.
FOR NEW STAR TRIBUNE / MPR / KARE 11 exploratory study800 potential Minnesota voters were asked about cannabis policy September 12-14, with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
In an interview at the state fair late last month, the Republican governor’s candidate, former Senator Scott Jensen, told the Star Tribune that he believes the state should consider decriminalizing “trivial amounts” of marijuana and decriminalizing past records, and he wants to legalize cannabis more widely. Voters decide on the ballot.
Walz, for his part, has Paid to legalize marijuana in a regulated marketincluding funding for implementation in this year’s proposed budget, for example.
But despite a sweeping reform bill from House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D) that advanced through 12 committees before passing the House last year, legalization stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate and was not eventually enacted. that Previous bipartisan legalization proposal Led by Jensen and Senator Melissa Lopez Franzen (Democrat) in 2019, she did not advance.
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Meanwhile, the edible THC law the governor signed into law this year makes it so that all hemp-derived cannabinoids including CBD can be legally sold in food, beverages, topicals and more — as long as the products contain less than the limit. The Fed’s 0.3 percent THC. Edible products and beverages should be limited to a total of 5 mg THC per serving and 50 mg per pack.
The THC limit applies to all forms of psychoactive compounds, including the more widely known delta-9 THC, as well as other increasingly popular derivatives such as delta-8 that are in a particularly gray regulatory area in many state markets.
In a recent interview, Jensen declined to say whether he would review the unique cannabis policy, noting that officials should evaluate the effectiveness of the program after six months to see if changes should be made.
“I think we have a little bit of mud on the wall and we have to sort it out and see what gets stuck,” he said.
Back in January, Winkler and López Franzen They discussed their plans to advance cannabis reform this session.
Winkler said at the time that his bill was “the product of hundreds of hours of work involving thousands of people, and innumerable hearings and public hearings.”
Separately, some Democrats including Winkler’s team have found themselves trapped in controversy about an alleged (and ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to change the name of a third party focused on marijuana that some saw as undermining Democratic support on the ballot in previous rounds to one aimed instead at wooing far-right conservatives in an apparent attempt to pull votes away from Republicans in the upcoming election .
Previously, in 2019, the governor State agencies were directed to prepare for the implementation of reform In anticipation of transient legalization at the end.
While the legislation was ultimately not enacted after the House passed the bill last year, the governor has already signed off on the bill. Expand the state’s medical marijuana programpartly by allowing patients access to smokeable cannabis products.
The House Majority Leader said in 2020 that if Senate Republicans don’t agree to legislatively change policy, he hopes they will At least let voters decide on cannabis As a 2022 ballot measure, that did not materialize.
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