State Rep. Jeff Backer, one of the members of the New House Republican Caucus. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

While a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use was introduced into the Minnesota Legislature last week, do not count on District 12A Representative Jeff Backer to sign on to it. Backer told the KMRS Legislative Corner program this past weekend that legalized marijuana would have enormous social costs and lead to more danger on the roadways.

Backer noted that most law enforcement agencies are against marijuana’s legalization. The full Legislative Corner interviews with Senator Westrom and Representative Backer can be found on our website,, under the News tab in the Community Connection section.


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