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Edelson Statement on THC Law Going into Effect

Friday, July 1, 2022

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Today, new laws passed by the state Legislature and signed by Governor Walz will go into effect. Among them is HF 3595 which regulates the sale and purchase of edible products which contain limited amounts of THC. Rep. Heather Edelson (DFL - Edina) was the author of this provision and released the following statement:

“This was an important step to regulate edible THC products that were already being sold throughout the State of Minnesota under a gray area of existing law, which was a result of the 2018 Federal Farm bill and CBD state legislation we passed in 2019. 

“While there is much work to be done, I am proud of this important legislation. Minnesotans 21 and older will now be able to obtain the products they want in a safe and regulated manner. This bill was drafted in collaboration with the Board of Pharmacy and the Board of Agriculture to address illegal products that were putting the public at risk, and young people in particular, with unreasonably high dosages and misleading products that mimicked popular name brand products that were consumed by minors such as cereals, candy-like skittles and Sour Patch Kids. Our goal was to close a legal loophole around the sale of products, ban the products from being manufactured to target youth, and create a model that would allow for limited amounts of THC in a legal way. It was clear from our work on this legislation that adult Minnesotans were already purchasing and consuming these products; our goal was to add more consumer protections. In this regard, this legislation is a resounding success.

“I am already working on changes for the next legislative session to ensure we have regulation to keep the public safe while allowing for a legal product. I look forward to pursuing more comprehensive legislation in the 2023 Session.``