Minnesota lawmakers approve THC from hemp for adult use

Minnesota adults older than 21 will be able to buy intoxicating hemp-derived THC products in grocery and convenience stores under a bill that lawmakers approved late Sunday.

The measure also allows CBD to be placed in food and drinks, a reversal from current policy in Minnesota.

The bill, which awaits the signature of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, allows both delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC products as well as other intoxicants derived from hemp.

“This is going to allow us to make the products that people want,” Steven Brown,  co-founder of the Minnesota Cannabis Association, told MJBizDaily.

The measure would limit hemp-derived intoxicants to 5 milligrams of THC per serving, with a maximum of 50 milligrams of THC per package.

Other limits include:

  • Edibles must be in childproof and tamper-evident packages and carry the label, “Keep this product out of reach of children.”
  • Products can’t be “modeled after a brand of products primarily consumed by or marketed to children” or “packaged in a way that resembles the trademarked, characteristic, or product-specialized packaging of any commercially available food product.”
  • Products must be tested for mold, heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers and solvents.

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The measure takes effect Aug. 1.

Minnesota currently allows sales of medical marijuana products but not adult-use goods.