Recreational marijuana supporters plan Capitol rally Wednesday

Supporters of full legalization of marijuana in Minnesota plan a rally Wednesday, April 23 at the state Capitol.

While state legislators have limited discussions this session to legalization of medical marijuana, organizers of this rally say they want all marijuana use to be legal — medical and recreational — as in Colorado and Washington state. Twenty states allow medical marijuana use.

They’re calling the rally “Yes We Cannabis,” a play on the Obama campaign slogan “Yes We Can.”

The April 23 rally is in the state Capitol rotunda from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s sponsored by MN NORML (National Organization of Marijuana Laws).

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Neil Franklin, a law enforcement veteran in favor of legalization
  • Jim Northrup, an Anishinaabe columnist, poet, performer and political commentator from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

Some might wonder why they aren’t holding the rally on April 20 (4/20), but that’s Easter Sunday.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 04/20/2014 - 03:47 pm.

    The Big Stink

    Wherever recreational marijuana is approved it will stink inside, outside, and wherever you go. Just because it will generate revenue is not a rational reason to make the Big Stink legal. We already have enough way to get addicted without bothering everyone else in the process.

  2. Submitted by Andrew Ensign on 04/22/2014 - 11:32 am.

    Patently false

    Sorry, but you’re clearly extremely misinformed about cannabis. When cannabis is burned it can leave a smell for a short period of time. It does not cause a permanent smell unless an object is subject to frequent, concentrated exposure, in which case the smell is due to the resin that is left on the object (and it’s still generally not permanent if you can remove the resin from the object).

    Also, an argument against the legalization of cannabis because it smells bad falls flat on its face because 1) smell is completely subjective and 2) cigarettes smell terrible to lots of people and actually leave a smell in apartments and other buildings, but they’ve only been banned from a small set of public locations. Why would we not take a similar approach to cannabis?

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