(FOX 9) - Governor Tim Walz is calling on lawmakers to pass legislation to legalize marijuana use in Minnesota, as he proposes funds from his budget plan to launch a state authority to oversee a recreational marijuana program.
Speaking Wednesday, Governor Walz says his budget would set aside $25 million to create the new "Cannabis Management Office".
The office would oversee the "safe and responsible legalization of cannabis for adult use in Minnesota," according to Walz. The office would be tasked with developing a framework for legal cannabis in Minnesota. Funds would also pay for grants for "individuals entering the legal cannabis market."