The Crazy Thing You Can Now Eat In Minnesota

By Joseph Farago | Published

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Marijuana has started its legalization tour around America’s 50 states. As certain states discuss decriminalizing the drug, others have begun passing laws on consuming marijuana in various forms. A Minnesota law recently passed allowing 21-and-older citizens to purchase THC edibles in the state. But, many suspect that some Minnesota legislators didn’t fully understand the bill before it eventually passed.

Since Minnesota has not legalized marijuana, the incomprehension of the bill by local legislators is highly likely. The bill passed effortlessly, including a law that allows THC edibles and other THC-embedded beverages to be sold if it contains no more than 5 milligrams of THC per serving. The Republican senate majority that has avidly opposed the legalization of marijuana has led many to believe the bill’s passing was accidental. A few Senate members recently stated their confusion with the bill, as well as their highest disapproval of the pro-marijuana sentiment included.

Senator Jim Abeler, a Minnesota Republican, came forward about his uncertainty with the proposed legislation. He thought the bill focused on delta-8 THC products, which are sometimes known as cannabis light. The delta-8 variety produces milder effects than delta-9 or regular THC. Still, that would mean that Abeler understood that some THC products would be legalized, though he openly disapproves of legalized edibles in the state. Delta-8 products are already legal in Minnesota, often sold at gas stations or convenience stores. The mix-up between the two chemical bonds could’ve been the reason for the recent legislation passing.

State Representative Heather Edelson drafted the House version of the law, wanting more regulation on the product instead of allowing THC to remain illicit. THC-derived products were already available in Minnesota, galvanizing Edelson to draft the legislation and control the substance’s potency. Edelson stated that since edibles with delta-8 were available at gas stations, calls to the local poison control centers increased dramatically. People didn’t know what they were putting in their bodies and how much THC they were ingesting, motivating Edelson to bring the issue to the rest of the state representatives.

Edelson’s bill helps THC products be distributed in Minnesota while ensuring that companies follow new label requirements for their products. The law instructs businesses to include the THC percentage per serving on containers, and the words THC or CBD must also be clearly labeled. The bill allows any store to sell THC-infused products and does not limit how many edibles can be sold per location. Still, the THC products that can be distributed in Minnesota have much less potency than edibles lawfully sold in other states with legal marijuana dispensaries.

Some of the senators who’ve finally comprehended the bill after its passing are urging the state legislature to amend it. Majority Leader Ryan Winkler stated that the request was utterly “ridiculous” since Republicans who opposed legalized marijuana voted for the bill consensually. Many locals suspect that Minnesota might start attempting marijuana legalization efforts due to the success of the new law. But if Republican senators are unhappy with the recent bill, they might continue fighting for the legislation to be redacted.