The Minnesota chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is calling on state lawmakers to legalize the use of marijuana for everyone. A big rally is planned in the Capitol Rotunda today (WED). NORML Minnesota Executive Director Randy Quast says full legalization would keep the government out of our living rooms. He says marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, which lead to thousands of deaths in Minnesota every year. Quast says a recent Gallup poll showed that 58% of Americans support recreational marijuana. Law enforcement in Minnesota has been fighting the legalization of marijuana for medical patients this legislative session, and Quast says that legalizing cannabis for everyday use would also solve the medical marijuana debate. Opponents say marijuana is addictive and a precursor to other drug abuse.
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