Cannabis Bill to Be Heard Feb. 17 in House Commerce Committee

February 16, 2021

Your input is needed on the bill, which would prevent cities from prohibiting the establishment of licensed adult use cannabis businesses.

HF 600/SF 757 (Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley/Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina) would legalize cannabis and establish a regulatory framework.

The House bill is scheduled for its first committee stop in the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee on Feb. 17. The Senate companion bill awaits action by the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.

The League of Minnesota Cities does not have an official position on the bill, but staff have monitored the issue to ensure local control is maintained in the regulation of adult use cannabis businesses. League staff would like to get city input on the legislation before the hearing.

Regulation of cannabis businesses

The bill currently prevents cities from prohibiting the establishment of a licensed cannabis business. Article 1, section 12 of the bill addresses the role of local governments in regulating adult use cannabis. It states that:

  • Local units of government may not prohibit the possession, transportation, or use of cannabis or cannabis products authorized under the chapter.
  • Local units of government may not prohibit the establishment of a cannabis business licensed under this chapter.
  • Local units of government may establish reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of operations, and the Cannabis Management Board must work with local units of government to establish a model ordinance.
  • Local units of government may conduct studies on establishing reasonable limitations on the time, place, and manner of the operation of cannabis businesses, and local governments engaged in such a study may prohibit a cannabis business from opening until Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Local units of government are directed to review applications sent by the board and certify whether the application complies with local ordinances.
  • The Cannabis Management Board must seek input on applications from local governments.
  • The Cannabis Management Board must establish an expedited complaint process for complaints made by local governments.

Other measures in the bill

The legislation also moves the medical cannabis program under the newly created Cannabis Management Board; establishes taxes on adult use cannabis; creates grants to assist individuals entering into the legal cannabis market; amends criminal penalties; provides for expungement and resentencing of certain convictions; reschedules marijuana; and appropriates money.

Please share your city’s perspective on the legislation by contacting Ann Lindstrom, LMC, at alindstrom@lmc.org or (651) 281-1261.

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