Backers admit a bill to legalize recreational marijuana that will likely pass the Minnesota House tomorrow (Thurs) has little chance this session in the GOP-controlled state Senate. But Republican Representative Nolan West from Blaine says the strategy is to get the bill into a form that people can feel comfortable with in 2022:
“I think it’s a better conversation for next year. The budget is way more important than this. We should be focusing on the budget. Why are we doing this right now? It’s a next-year issue.”
Lawmakers are generally more willing to take on controversial policy issues in even-numbered years, when the full state budget isn’t on their plates. But even-numbered years are also election years, which heavily influences how lawmakers vote on political hot-button issues.