Starting yesterday, 1st July 2022, Minnesotans will be able to buy THC-infused edibles and beverages in the state. This is happening because of a recently passed amendment of the Minnesota Omnibus Health Bill HF 4065.
The voluminous amendment (close to 1,000 pages) of the Omnibus Health Bill has been debated for a long period but finally it has been adapted and took effect on 1st July 2022. While cannabis was not the major subject in the amendment, a small clause, HF 3595, will see to it that the sale of hemp-derived THC products will be legal in the state.
Hemp was legalized federally in the US in 2018 when the Agricultural Act was passed and adopted. This paved way for the rescheduling of hemp as it was reclassified as any other agricultural commodity. Since then, it has been legal to produce, manufacture, and distribute hemp derived CBD and other products for personal and commercial use. However, hemp derived THC has been a contentious issue as marijuana (with high levels of THC) remains illegal at the federal level.
The state of Minnesota has Legalized cannabis for medical use but recreational use remains prohibited. With this recent amendment, it will be legal to produce and distribute products with hemp derived THC under a few conditions:
- The THC should not exceed 5mg per serving
- The THC should not exceed 50mg per package
- Production and sale of THC derivatives is prohibited
- Smokable forms of hemp-derived THC are prohibited
- Only adults (above 21 years) can purchase legal hemp-derived THC products
Though cannabis remains illegal in Minnesota, industry stakeholders see this amendment as a step towards full legalization. The law which was signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz took effect on 1st July, ushering in a pro-THC era in Minnesota.