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Legalizing cannabis is not on the agenda for Minnesota’s Republican-controlled Senate, writes Calvin Hughes. 

While Minnesota’s neighbor Michigan legalized recreational cannabislast November, residents of the North Star State shouldn’t get their hopes up about legal weed any time soon. At least according to Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R).

In a recent interview on the Senate’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session, Gazelka said cannabis isn’t on the table as far as Republicans in the Senate are concerned. He also claimed that bringing legal weed to Minnesotans will only exacerbate the state’s ongoing opioid issues.

“We have an opioid crisis where we’re asking for more money for addictions and problems related to that,” Gazelka told MPR News on Monday. “Then, at the same time, people want to advance the legalization of recreational marijuana. It just seems counterproductive to what we’re trying to do with opioids.”

Gazelka’s view clashes with recent research showing that improved access to…

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