2019 MN Legislative Drug Policy Recap

The following is a copy of an article I wrote for Sensible Change Minnesota, an organization I sit on the Board of Directors for. You can view it in it’s original form here

On Monday, May 20th, the Minnesota 2019 legislative session came to a close. Over the past few months, thousands of bills were introduced, some of which were sensible drug policy reforms that had the potential to positively impact our communities. Sensible Change Minnesota and you, our supporters, have spent countless hours on the ground at Saint Paul, talking to legislators, building support, and sharing information to get some of these passed. While the legislature was not able to reach a consensus on all of our legislative priorities this year, there are victories to celebrate, and work left to do.

Medical Cannabis

Adult Use Legalization

Adulterant Screening (Drug Checking) Decriminalization

Opioid Stewardship

What now?

Even though the legislative session is now over, the work has just begun. We are already beginning plans to move our sensible changes forward in the 2020 legislative session. We can’t do it without your help:

Contact your representatives!

If there is legislation you’d like to see passed in 2020, contact your representatives and make your voice heard. Find who represents you and their contact information here.

Host or attend a house party

Our supporters are throwing house parties throughout the state this summer. House parties help get your friends, family, and neighbors engaged in building sensible policies, to help sustain our organization, and to help us have lobbyists at the capital next year advocating for our shared priorities next year. Click here to learn more. Can’t host or attend? Make a donation and help fund our work here.

Get connected with us

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We welcome allies who incorporate our priorities into their policy proposals and hope to have a seat at the table as Minnesota moves away from current punitive policies. Sensible Change Minnesota believes Minnesotans are responsible enough to make good decisions for themselves and we look forward forming partnerships to bring this initiative to life.

It is our sincere hope that we can make many, if not all, of these initiatives a reality, but it won’t be easy. We’re seeking volunteers to help us with graphic design, public relations, and coalition building. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] with a brief statement of interest and a resume or CV.