The bill’s author, State Rep. Heather Edelson (D), said in a statement that “Minnesotans 21 and older will now be able to get the products they want in a safe and regulated way.”
She added that the legislation was drafted in consultation with the state boards of agriculture and pharmacy.
The law, which passed the Republican-controlled state Senate in May, was signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz (D) last month. But some Republicans told the Star Tribune after the law came into effect, they were caught off guard.
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State Sen. Jim Abeler, a Republican from a Minneapolis suburb, told the newspaper he didn’t realize the bill broadly legalizes products containing THC. He said he believed he only licensed delta-8 THC, which produces milder effects, although he also legalized the sale of delta-9 THC, which induces stronger feelings more often associated with a high from cannabis products. Abeler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
State Senator Michelle Benson, a Republican from Ham Lake, about 25 miles north of Minneapolis, “dodged repeated questions about whether she herself understood the law would legalize THC edibles,” the report reported. log. She told the Star Tribune that she wishes the state pharmacy board had realized the law’s full impact sooner. Neither Benson nor the head of the pharmacy board immediately responded to requests for comment.
Edelson resisted the idea that Republicans didn’t understand the scope of the bill, saying the author of the Senate version of the bill was Republican State Sen. Mark Koran, who co-chairs the panel. work on medical cannabis with Edelson. “I have no doubt he understood and read the intent and what we wanted to do with this legislation,” she said in an email.
“There were no last-minute tactics to get this legislation passed,” she added.
As for Abeler, Edelson said committee leaders face an “enormous burden,” working long hours to meet deadlines for omnibus bills. “A lot of complex policy information is provided and reviewed, so the exact details of a hundreds of pages bill can be difficult for him to remember,” she said.
According tips Released last week by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, the law “does not specify particular tetrahydrocannabinols,” or THC.
The council said that while multiple types of THC can be included in a product, it cannot contain more than 5 milligrams per serving or 50 milligrams per package. “For example, a product cannot contain 5 mg of delta-9 THC and 5 mg of delta-8 THC,” advised the council.
The bill only approved THC from hemp, not marijuana, although both come from the cannabis plant. Variations in terminology depend on the concentration of THC.
“THC derived from hemp is the same as THC derived from marijuana,” Michael Bronstein, president of the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, said in an email.
“Minnesota law completely reverses the concept of licensing, taxation and regulation of marijuana by legalizing all types of intoxicating hemp-derived THC products, which in some cases are exactly the same as marijuana products, rivaling and perhaps exceeding the availability of these products in any country. state of adult use,” Bronstein said.
Edelson, the author of the bill, said some THC-containing products were already being sold legally through a loophole created by previous laws.
“Our goal was to close a legal loophole around the sale of products, ban the manufacture of products aimed at young people, and create a model that would allow limited amounts of THC in a legal way,” she said. “It was clear from our work on this legislation that adults in Minnesota were already buying and consuming these products; our goal was to add more protections for consumers.
The Marijuana Policy Project, an organization that defenders for Cannabis Legalization, argues that legalizing and regulating cannabis products can help keep them out of the reach of minors.
“Sellers of regulated products like tobacco and alcohol can be fined or lose their license if they sell to minors. Prohibition [of cannabis] ensures that marijuana dealers are not subject to any of these regulations,” the organization states. “Drug dealers don’t ask for ID.”
According MJBizDailyan industry information site.