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Bill to Legalize Recreational Weed in Minnesota

Riding on the wings of other states that have made laws legalizing marijuana, Minnesota has introduced a bill that would make it legal for recreational use, according to Southern Minnesota News. It would be regulated like alcohol and sold only to those age 21 and over.

Marijuana is easily one of the world's most controversial plants, particularly in the U.S. Once viewed as an act of political dissidence against the Vietnam War, today the plant is recognized as an invaluable medicine and smoking-hot commodity that's generated billions of dollars in revenue in states where it is now fully legalized.

The down side is cannabis remains illegal at the federal level and is considered by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroine, LSD and ecstasy. Regardless of whether or not you support cannabis, there's no ignoring the fact that it's currently undergoing a revolution in the U.S. and is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with — surely, there must be a way to allow medical marijuana for those who truly need non-pharmaceutical help in addressing a number of health issues.

Today, the majority of Americans support cannabis either as a medicine, for recreational use or both. Surveys show that nearly 60 percent of Americans support full legalization, and a whopping 76 percent of physicians approve it for medical use. It’s estimated that legalization nationwide could save Medicare $468 million per year. To find out the legal status of marijuana in your state, see governing.com's marijuana state law map.
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