Minnesota Loosens Cannabis Restrictions

July 1, 2022
Minnesota now allows food & beverages infused THC to be sold in the state – as long as it’s derived from hemp, and there’s not too much.

Minnesota now allows food & beverages infused THC to be sold in the state – as long as it’s derived from hemp, and there’s not too much.

Under a law that went into effect July 1, products with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, can be sold in edible products at a limit of 5mg per service or 50mg in a package. The THC must be derived from hemp, not cannabis plants.

Minnesota allowed the use of industrial hemp in a 2016 law, and products containing THC started showing up then, according to a report in the Mankato Free Press. But the legal situation was murky, and the legislature clarified it with the follow-up law that just went into effect.

Some see the new law as a first step toward legalizing recreational cannabis in Minnesota. Medical cannabis is already legal there, as long as it’s purchased from one of two approved vendors.

Others aren’t so sure that full recreational use is coming, but welcome the clarification nonetheless.

“A lot of people now are operating out of their garage willy-nilly,” said the owner of a dispensary that sells hemp-derived products. “This legislation should increase testing and quality, and there are some standards to fall back on.”

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