The Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization (MNCFL) is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to end the senseless, expensive, and structurally racist war on drugs. Our mission is to end marijuana prohibition in Minnesota.
What’s the Issue?
There’s been a historic shift over the last eight years toward the legalization and commercialization of cannabis nationwide. Eleven states now allow their residents to obtain marijuana products from a licensed retail dispensary or medical care provider. Minnesota is NOT of them.
Most Minnesotans know the War on Drugs is a failed public policy rooted in structural racism and economic inequality. Most Minnesotans know legalizing cannabis would protect civil liberties, improve public safety, as well as save countless lives. Most Minnesota know the most dangerous thing about cannabis is getting caught with it by the police.
You don’t have to use or consume cannabis to oppose the War on Drugs. If you care about racial equity and economic justice in Minnesota, then you belong with the Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization.
- Cannabis is a type of flowering plant that has been used medicinally and recreationally for well over 2500 years (source).
- Someone is arrested for cannabis use every 48 seconds in the United States (source).
- At least 75 percent of all voters in the U.S. oppose federal enforcement of existing marijuana prohibition laws (source).
- At least 51 percent of all voters in Minnesota support ongoing efforts to legalize the use of cannabis by adults (source).
- Legalizing cannabis could create up to 20,000 new jobs in Minnesota and generate at least $300 million in state tax revenues (source).
Our Recent Victories
- We persuaded elected officials in Minnesota to prioritize racial equity and economic justice when discussing the issue with their constituents.
- We persuaded media outlets in Minnesota to include the voices of black, indigenous and working-class people of color in their cannabis coverage.
- We mobilized public support for cannabis legalization advocates ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, including Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.
- We worked with Representative Jay Xiong & Senator Sandy Pappas to introduce model legislation enabling the full legalization of cannabis in Minnesota.
- We convened 100 people at the Minnesota State Capitol to lobby for a new cannabis economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy white few individuals.
“Prohibition is the problem, not cannabis!”
– Marcus Harcus,
Our Movement Leaders
- John Bartee III
- Sina Black
- Michael Ford
- Noel Gordon Jr
- Jessica Hanson
- Marcus Harcus
- Blythe Ikeda
- Tony Parish Sr
- Greg Schiffler
- Ben Yawakie