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Minnesota’s GOP-controlled Senate legalizes THC food – not quite on target

Minnesota is now “Minne-stona” thanks to a new state law that legalizes THC foods and beverages.

The new law, which went into effect on Friday, allows adults 21 and older to buy cannabis consumables that contain a limited amount of THC, the ingredient that drives the “awake weed,” well, crazy.

Under the law, pot-edible and bone-fortified drinks can up to up to 5 milligrams of THC per serving – about half the standard dose found in recreational marijuana products in other states, according to The Associated Press. Each package is limited to a total of 50 milligrams.

Although the law requires that the new THC products derived from legally certified hemp and not marijuana, attorney Jason Tarasek, founder of the Minnesota Cannabis Law Firm and a board member of the Minnesota Cannabis Association, told the Star Tribune that 5 milligrams produces the same effect as that of hemp or marijuana was obtained. .

“This stuff will get you high, no doubt about it,” Tarasek said. “Everyone calls it hemp-derived THC, which makes it sound like something other than marijuana. But I went on social media and I called it marijuana for adults, because that’s what most people are going to think of it. ”

It is unclear whether state Senate leaders fully realized that the law would legalize Delta 9 THC food before agreeing to pass it.

Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) admitted to the Star Tribune that he thinks the new law will only regulate Delta 8 THC products and did not realize that the new law will legalize edible products with any type of THC.

Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC are both cannabinoids found in cannabis, but Delta 9 is more common and easier to extract, according to DiscoverMagazine.com. While Delta 9 is more powerful, it also has more side effects, including mental fog. Delta 8 apparently tends to just relax people.

“I thought we were doing a technical solution, and it ultimately had a broader impact than I expected,” Abeler said.

He looked surprised after the amendment was adopted by a unanimous vote, saying, “It does not legalize marijuana – we did not just do it,” according to the Minnesota Reformer, who noted that he laughed after saying it has.

“Oh, are you kidding?” Rep Tina Liebling (D-Rochester) responded according to the Reformer. “Of course you have. No, just kidding. We’ll do it next, OK? ”

Now Abeler hopes the new law can be rolled back, but it is highly unlikely that the Democratic Gov. Tim Wals and the Democratic-controlled House support the legalization of rrecreational dew.

In fact, Ryan Winkler (D), leader of the Minnesota House majority, dismissed Abeler’s proposal as “ridiculous”.

Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) said the new law would regulate the state’s emerging marijuana industry and introduce precautions, but did not says whether the Senate intended the law to allow new THC products into the market.

Star Tribune reporter Ryan Faircloth said on Twitter that the two politicians’ statements indicated that the law’s adoption was unintentional.

Some of Minnesota’s Democratic politicians laughed at their Republican colleagues’ likely mistake.

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