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Cannabis Edibles Containing THC Now Legal in Minnesota

With the implementation of a new legislation on Friday, edible cannabis goods and drinks that include the psychoactive component are now permitted in Minnesota.

People who are 21 years of age and older are now permitted to purchase goods with THC serving sizes up to 5 milligrams. No more than 50 milligrams of edibles or drinkables may be contained in a single container.

Products must be made from hemp that has received legal certification and has a THC content of less than 0.3 percent, or “tetrahydrocannabinol,” the psychoactive component of cannabis.

The new rule, according to Maren Schroeder, policy director for drug policy reform group Sensible Minnesota, clarifies any ambiguity regarding the legality of goods containing CBD, the nonpsychoactive component of cannabis. However, it also means that testing and labeling regulations for THC-containing goods, which were already being sold in many Minnesota stores, would come under state authority.

You may buy any of these goods that we have recently begun to control by going into any smoke shop, she added. We’re not going to legalize marijuana. We control hemp-based goods. This field is really inventive. They will look for whatever opening they can, and that is exactly what they did.

Edible goods are limited to a maximum of 10 milligrams per serving and 100 milligrams per package in California, where recreational marijuana use is permitted. Similar limitations apply in other places where marijuana is permitted for recreational use. First-time consumers of edibles are advised by the California Department of Cannabis Control to ingest amounts of 5 milligrams or less.

A measure intended to alter state law concerning the regulation, sale, and consumption of cannabis products was passed in Minnesota, legalizing food and beverages with levels of THC that cause users to feel psychoactive effects.

Rep. Heather Edelson, DFL-Edina, the bill’s sponsor, expressed worry about the security of authorized delta-8 cannabis products that are already being sold in violation of Minnesota law.

In a social media post announcing the bill’s passing, she stated that “products were targeting young people and included levels of THC that were too much for the ordinary consumer.” Because to the packaging’s absence of kid protection features and its attraction to their age group, Minnesota observed a sharp increase in the number of children under 12 seeking poison control services in 2020 and 2021.

Advocates for cannabis, the hemp sector, the state pharmacy board, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture all provided input for the bill’s creation.

As a component of a wider health package, Edelson’s measure was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Tim Walz in May. Democrats in the legislature and Walz both favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Minnesota.

Although the law passed in both chambers and was sent to the governor’s desk as part of a larger package, the Republican majority in the Senate has fought efforts to legalize marijuana. The bill did, however, pass via a joint committee with Senate Republicans and House Democrats.

In a conference committee when the legislation was being finalized, Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, remarked, “That doesn’t legalize marijuana, we didn’t just do that.” Technically, he is correct, Schroeder observed. The newly enacted legislation governs hemp, a byproduct of the cannabis plant from which THC may be extracted.

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy will oversee edible items, which must have labels with serving amounts, ingredients, and a warning to keep the product away from minors.

Consumable items are not permitted to be fashioned like children’s products or actual or imagined persons, animals, or fruit. THC cannot be used to make sweets or snacks that are already on the market or that are packaged to resemble popular commercial food brands.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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