MINNESOTA: If Minnesota approves limited industrial hemp growth, a state senator with a long-time law enforcement background fears recreational marijuana use will be close behind.
“To me, it is baby steps toward recreational marijuana and I think we will find that out by the end of the session,” Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said April 8 after a committee approved a bill to allow hemp to be grown by researchers.
Ingebrigtsen predicted attempts will be made to amend the hemp bill to include recreational marijuana use. Minnesota law allows a limited use of medical marijuana, but recreational use remains illegal.
Senator Kent Eken, D-Twin Valley, brought the hemp bill to the Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Finance Division. It would allow limited growth of hemp as part of a study, with the intention of eventually launching an industry with widespread hemp production.