The new Minnesota House Republican majority will have its first test about the needs of greater Minnesota. And it involves marijuana.
We have 8 sites for distribution of medical marijuana. Four of them are in the Twin Cities metro — St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eagan, and Maple Grove. That should cover the seven county area — a little inconvenient for some but certainly reasonable coverage for the area.
In greater Minnesota there are just four other outlets: Hibbing, Moorhead, St. Cloud, and Rochester. Does that sound like full coverage?
People in the southwest corner of the state have long drives (hours long) ahead of them to find the nearest distribution center. And the Northwest corner won’t have it much better.
If the MN House GOP is truly concerned about fairness for rural Minnesota, then this situation should be addressed.
But will they?
Medical marijuana distribution is probably a low priority for the MN GOP legislators. And there are probably not a large number of constituents who will be using this service, at least at the beginning.
But it still raises an issue which they themselves have promised to address. And that is a more direct fulfillment of the needs for greater Minnesota.
Here is a prime example. Who wants to speak up first? We are listening.
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