ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lawmakers working out a deal to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older expect to wrap up their work Tuesday, striking agreement on key differences between the House and Senate’s proposals.
On Monday, lead negotiators signed off on a couple of changes as the legislature nears adjournment for the year. The latest agreement allows at-home possession of up to two pounds, which is a middle ground between the House’s proposal of 1.5 pounds and the Senate’s much higher cap at five pounds.
The panel of House and Senate lawmakers heard several amendments, including one that would allow local governments to limit the retail dispensaries to one for every 12,500 residents and prohibit them within 500 feet of day cares, schools, and public parks. Cities and counties could not outright ban the businesses from operating.
The House had no such limits and the Senate’s plan was more restrictive.
“We found a comfortable middle ground that maybe isn’t anyone’s first choice, but that hopefully everyone can live with on the issue,” Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, said.