THC edibles and beverages are now legal in Minnesota as a new law takes effect

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ST. PAUL, MN (KELO) — A new Minnesota law that took effect Friday allows people 21 and older to buy edibles and beverages that contain a limited amount of THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana. .

The new law now governs the packaging, sale and composition of products, which may contain no more than 5 mg of THC per serving, and no more than 50 mg per package. Five milligrams is about half the standard dose found in recreational marijuana products in other states.

The new law requires child-resistant packaging and a QR code to search for ingredient and testing information.

“It’s a very good middle ground for anyone who thinks they can benefit from it, but it’s illegal and I have morals,” said Mason Alt, owner of Retro Bakery in Columbia Heights.

This year, Senate Republicans blocked a bill to legalize pot. Experts say this new law is more about consumer protection than a prelude to anything else.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune reports that Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), chairman of the Senate Social Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee, says he had no idea the new law would legalize edibles with delta-9 THC, but would only regulate delta-8 THC products. He reportedly wanted to overturn this new law, although that would be unlikely under Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and the DFL-controlled House.

By law, new THC products must be derived from legally certified hemp. But, industry experts say 5 milligrams will produce the same effect whether derived from hemp or marijuana.

The use of industrial hemp in the United States has exploded over the past decade; a government report valued the industry at $824 million in 2021. In Minnesota, additionally, farmers planted 2,650 acres of hemp — the fifth-largest among US states.

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