OVERVIEW and CALL to ACTION:
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM, the House Health and Human Services Policy (HHSP) Committee will hold a committee hearing on HF 717, a bill proposing the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for the legislature on the full legalization of Cannabis in Minnesota.
The problem with HF 717 is that having 22 people on this proposed task force and not a single person representing Cannabis consumers, no one who has been criminalized by prohibition, no civil liberties experts, and no legalization experts, just cops, bureaucrats, politicians and vested interests, is absolutely unacceptable.
The people who are most affected by prohibition and full legalization need to be involved in the problem solving process. If there’s going to be a task force formed, the majority of members should be grassroots Cannabis consumers and well-informed, well-versed legalization advocates, not people who are indifferent or opposed to legalization.
We’re calling on legalization supporters to show up, and to call and email the chief author, Representative Carlos Mariani, and all of the members of this committee to tell them to either (1) vote against the bill…