Senate Republican Minority Leader Mark Johnson from East Grand Forks says Democrats should “take their time” to decide if full-blown legalization of marijuana is the right thing for Minnesota, rather than rush the process “to keep their political partners happy.”  D-F-L backers re-launched their effort Thursday at the Capitol, House sponsor Zack Stephenson from Coon Rapids saying:

“Under this bill I think it would be a matter of months, not years, before you would be able to be in a legal marketplace, and I think the (criminal record) expungement process would begin sooner than that.”

Stephenson is referring to Democrats’ proposal to wipe clean the criminal records of those with non-violent marijuana offenses.