Group pushes for legalization of recreational marijuana in Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

April 23, 2014 Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A Minnesota group wants to take legalizing medical marijuana a step further.

The Minnesota affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or 'NORML', called for full legalization of marijuana at the state capitol today.

The group highlighted a number of issues they claim are present in Minnesota's enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws, including racial disparities.

Members say marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco- and can be good for a person's health 'and' the economy.

"I also need to point out that it's a ridiculous lie often told by the media that marijuana is a gateway drug. There has never been a moment, not a single moment in my life, when I considered experimenting with truly dangerous, highly addictive and illegal drugs," said Marcus Harcus, who supports legalizing marijuana.

Currently, the Minnesota legislature is only considering a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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