“The potential for drivers who have consumed marijuana to various impairment levels and then driving in Minnesota creates a safety risk, mainly due to the impact of marijuana on reaction time and impaired judgment on their driving,” Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt said.
South Dakota and Mississippi also approved medical marijuana measures, bringing the total nationwide to 34 states, which include Minnesota.
Felt wrote in an email that the new law could lead some people to bring back marijuana to Minnesota, where it is still illegal.
In Minnesota, possession of marijuana in an amount less than 42.5 grams is a petty misdemeanor, which is a non-arrestable offense — except if it’s more than 1.4 grams in a vehicle, when it becomes a misdemeanor.
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