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THC Edibles and Beverages Are Now Legal in Minnesota, Can Be Sold Anywhere

Summer just got a bit tastier in The Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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Talk about setting off fireworks for the summer: Minnesotans can officially buy THC edibles, starting July 1, a big move for a state that currently doesn't allow recreational use marijuana.

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The new law permits the sale and purchase of edibles and beverages that contain up to 5 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per serving and 50 milligrams per package. The catch here is that the THC products must be derived from legally certified hemp, not marijuana.

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THC is still THC

No matter where it comes from, five milligrams of THC can make someone feel the euphoric effects — it can get them high — especially for first-time users (regular users need something much higher, at least 10 milligrams or more per serving). Most recreational use marijuana edible products in legal states have 10 milligrams of THC per serving.

"This stuff will get you high, no doubt about it," attorney Jason Tarasek, founder of the Minnesota Cannabis Law firm and a board member of the Minnesota Cannabis Association, told the Star Tribune. "Everybody's calling it hemp-derived THC, which makes it sound like something other than marijuana. But I went on social media and I called it adult-use marijuana, because that's what most people are going to consider this to be."

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Cannabis laws in Minnesota, a quasi-legal market

Products made with hemp and CBD that contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC were already legal in Minnesota. But delta-8 THC was not regulated at all, so products made with this form of THC were sold in various forms and dosages across the state. The new law now applies to any form of THC, delta-8 included, and also opened up the market for THC edibles and beverages.

Starting July 1, CBD and THC products with clear labels can be sold to anyone 21 and older. Edibles must be child-proof and tamper-proof, have clearly defined serving sizes, and must say "Keep this product out of reach of children." There is no limit on how much can be purchased, and the law doesn't regulate who can sell CBD and THC products.

For the record, the state's senate Republicans still oppose recreational use marijuana use in Minnesota, which is why it's surprising this law passed at all. Rep. Heather Edelson (D) sponsored the legislation in the House to help strengthen and rein in the budding market.

"Bringing more consumer protections really was my goal," Edelson told the Star Tribune. "There was no mystery about what we were doing here."

This opens up floodgates for all sorts of new products, from gummies to non-alcoholic THC beers and seltzers, many of which are already hitting the shelves.