Opposing marijuana press conferences get heated

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One high-level issue at the 2019-20 legislative session is reforming Minnesota’s laws on marijuana, including the potential for decriminalization or full legalization. Two competing press conferences were held this week – one to oppose and one to support legalization.

The first press conference, held by Smart Approaches to Marijuana Minnesota, opposes the further decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. The group has a wide range of professional and community service backgrounds and featured comments from health professionals and members of law enforcement who have economic, safety, and health concerns of commercialized marijuana use.

The second press conference, held by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), has taken a position that with regulation marijuana legalization can be a major positive for Minnesota and is currently working with legislators in both the Senate and the House on crafting legislation that legalizes recreational marijuana use. Another pro-marijuana organization, Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization, held its own news conference, which attempted to further counter many of the claims made by opponents.