Minnesota cities weigh temporary bans and rules on newly legal THC edibles

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Minnesota Cities are debating how to deal with recently legalized THC edibles.

Driving the news: A growing number of cities – including Robbinsdale, Wayzata and Shakopee — have temporarily banned the sale of the products while they weigh their options.

  • Others apply ordinances to regulate sales.

The big picture: Minnesota’s new law allowing the sale of foods and beverages containing up to 5 mg of hemp-derived THC per serving surprised many local officials – and even some of the state legislators who voted for.

  • The law, which was quietly passed by the Legislative Assembly this spring, did not include many rules governing the industry or funds to enforce product dosage and packaging restrictions.

What they say : “Honestly, it caught a lot of us off guard,” said Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud, whose city is drafting a licensing ordinance. told the Star Tribune. “We really didn’t see it coming or have any opinion on anything before it happened.”

What they weigh: Local officials are considering creating licensing systems, which could include restrictions on who can sell products and where they are displayed, and zoning regulations that would limit where products can be purchased, Kyle Hartnett, director of research assistant at the League of Minnesota Cities, says Axios.

  • “Most cities are still trying to figure out what this means for us, and what can we do? ” he said.

Yes, but: Jason Tarasek, founder of Minnesota Cannabis Lawargues that the full legalization and regulation of recreational marijuana is the best solution for businesses and consumers.

  • “Until we have a robust tracking system and licensing system, we can’t completely stop bad actors,” he told Axios.
  • Absent full legalization, his clients would prefer a uniform approach to statewide licensing, and possibly a special tax to strengthen enforcement, to a patchwork of local laws.

Between the lines: The temporary bans are not expected to have a large impact on availability or the overall market, Tarasek said.

  • The state’s largest cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, have not reported plans for a moratorium. Even if they did, many sales are happening online.

What to watch: Rep. Dave Baker (R-Willmar), a critic of the new law, told Axios he expects state-level proposals ranging from a complete reversal to additional laws on licensing, testing and marketing be introduced when the legislature returns in January.

  • “It’s a bit difficult to get the toothpaste back in the tube. But I’ll tell you I think there’s going to be a big conversation at the start of next year’s session about the right step,” he said. -he declares.
  • Rep. Heather Edelson (DFL-Edina), who drafted the provision, told the Star Tribune it also plans to draft a statewide licensing framework.

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