To the editor:

Agendas of all seven candidates participating in special election for Mayor of Brooklyn Park in 2021 look alike. However, only Yelena S. Kurdyumova realizes the importance of marijuana legalization bill initiated by Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler.

This bill aimed to expand legal products will create rules for micro-businesses and craft market in the city. The bill will expunge most convictions related to marijuana automatically, provide assistance and training to small businesses, require testing and labeling for products, restrict dosage size, prevent access by young people, and let people grow limited amounts at home. During the candidate forum on March 23, held by Beyond Media Solutions and Mshale, Yelena said that the marijuana legalization bill will open new legal opportunities for Brooklyn Park small businesses, and marijuana dispensaries.

Brooklyn Park residents won’t have to go to other states like South Dakota to buy cannabis but will buy locally and leave their money in the city where they live. Legal marijuana businesses will pay taxes, and Brooklyn Park’s budget will get better money flow. For too long the legislature has been blind to the effects which marijuana prohibition had on many of our communities of color. The new smart bill will address inequities in our criminal justice system, address the harms caused by cannabis, ensure better outcomes for small businesses and our community overall. It is obvious that as Mayor Yelena will support our community and small businesses.

Vote for Yelena S. Kurdyumova for Mayor of Brooklyn Park!

Sergey A. Porada

Brooklyn Park

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