Minnesota Law Legalizing THC Cannabis Edibles Takes Effect, Prompting Pushback From Key GOP Senator (Who Voted For It)

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A new law took effect in Minnesota on Friday that allows adults 21 and older to buy edibles infused with hemp-derived cannabinoids, including small amounts of THC.

The codification of the cannabis edibles policy through the legislation, which also imposes regulations on the sale of delta-8 THC products, in a state without a recreational marijuana law on the books is a novel development—and it’s one that’s led a key GOP senator to call for a rollback of the law even though he voted for it.

For reform supporters, the policy change is viewed as a solid step in the right direction, clarifying that adults can possess and consume hemp-based edibles and beverages that contain up to five milligrams of THC per serving, with a maximum 50 milligrams THC per package.

Five milligrams of THC is generally considered to be enough to give a person a moderate high, at least for infrequent consumers. But because products must also meet the state and federal definition of hemp, meaning they cannot contain more than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight, the overall amount of infused food someone in Minnesota might need to eat to feel the effects could be a bit larger than comparable products in state markets that don’t impose such THC limits on marijuana products.

The law, which Gov. Tim Walz (D) signed early last month, has generated some confusion. Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee Chairman Jim Abeler (R), for example, said that he thought the bill only dealt with delta-8 THC regulations, and he suggested this week that the legislature should reverse course on the edible provisions.

But House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D), who has championed efforts to legalize adult-use marijuana in the state, told The Star Tribune that the Senate chair’s proposal to roll back the law was “ridiculous,” especially considering that Abeler voted in favor of the measure.

Read More: Minnesota Law Legalizing THC Cannabis Edibles Takes Effect, Prompting Pushback From Key GOP Senator (Who Voted For It) by Kyle Jaeger for Marijuana Moment

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