Ahead of Primary, 2 of 3 Minnesota DFL Candidates for Governor Support Legalizing Marijuana


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The three candidates running for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party governor nomination are highlighting their differences in the homestretch to the primary Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Two favor legalizing cannabis.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, state Rep. Erin Murphy, and Attorney General Lori Swanson squared off in an hourlong debate Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, hosted by Minnesota Public Radio News. It was one of the few meetings between all three candidates ahead of Tuesday’s primary to decide the nominee for the DFL, Minnesota’s Democratic Party.

Swanson generally stuck to more moderate positions than her two competitors. Walz and Murphy said they’d push to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, but Swanson says she’s not on board due to concerns of driving while under the influence.

Walz and Murphy say they support expanding driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the state illegally. Swanson says she’d convene a task force to study the issue.

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