Morehead, Minnesota (KVRR) – Morehead City Council is discussing common sense regulations for companies selling THC-containing hemp foods.
A bill states that companies must obtain a license to sell products and other licensing fees for $125 per year. It will also define zoning areas where sales and manufacturing can occur.
There is confusion among Minnesota residents and businesses over the legality of half-measure cannabis and some question whether the state rushed to pass the law.
“I don’t think they rushed this particular set of laws, but I do think there is widespread recognition including among lawmakers that the forward legislation is incomplete and that we are likely far behind in getting the full ball passed,” said Leila Fathy, campaign manager for Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana. Regulation
“Without a statewide regulatory framework, someone might go to the next town to buy products or they might buy them online,” said Jason Tarasek, an attorney with Minnesota cannabis law.
State Republican Senator Jim Abeler of Anoka says he did not realize that Minnesota law widely legalizes foods and drinks with THC. It was thought to only allow delta 8 THC which provides milder effects.
Tarasek adds that each election is becoming critical as more countries consider legalizing cannabis.
“The other interesting thing is, you know, North Dakota is about to pass a full legalization procedure for adult use. It will be interesting to see how that affects the market in Morehead for THC hemp-derived products. Every year, it seems that more states are putting in place legalization procedures Complete on the ballot. In Minnesota, we’re all watching North Dakota very closely,” Tarasek said.
If poll 2 takes place in November, recreational cannabis will be legal throughout the state.