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An employee displays a hemp-filled gummy candy flavored with lemon at the Chalice Farms industrial kitchen in Portland, Oregon, in June 2016.

Minnesota’s new law allows people 21 and older to buy and consume foods and drinks with a small amount of cannabis-derived THC, but some lawmakers may not have fully understood the bill before it passed.

The new law states that food and beverages can contain no more than 5 milligrams of THC per serving and no more than 50 milligrams per serving. Package.

Although marijuana-derived THC is still illegal in Minnesota, cannabis-derived THC is chemically the same. Marijuana and hemp come from the same cannabis plant, although the plants are bred differently, with marijuana plants high in THC and hemp plants very low in THC.

THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical that causes marijuana to spike.

The nature of the Republican-controlled Senate, which has opposed efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in the past, raises questions about whether the legalization was accidental.

Minnesota Senator Jim Abeler, an Anoka Republican, told Minneapolis Star Tribune He didn’t realize that this law would allow THC filled foods of any kind and thought it would only apply to Delta 8 THC products.

Delta-8 THC, which is similar to the delta-9 THC standard, has not been widely researched or understood, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Delta-8 is found naturally in hemp plants but in trace amounts. Delta-8 also doesn’t produce the same amount of “height” as Delta-9.

But due to a technical reason, Delta-8 is federal legal and is often available at gas stations and convenience stores. Minnesota lawmakers have sought to regulate this market.

after The amendment was passed unanimously During a legislative session in Minnesota in May, the state Senator Abeler joked: “That doesn’t legalize marijuana – we just didn’t, did we?”

As Abeler started to laugh, Representative Tina Liebling, a Democrat from Rochester, said, “Oh, are you kidding? Of course you have. No, you’re just kidding. Then, we’ll do that then, okay?”

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