Hemp regulation has changed drastically in recent years. From the 2014 update on hemp farming to the 2018 Farm Bill Act, hemp and cannabis, in general, have a complicated history in legislation. Some states like Hawaii or Oregon have different kinds of regulations on CBD products, like the complete ban from Hawaii to more relaxed legislation in Oregon and Colorado. Minnesota has its own way of doing things, and as such has a special place in the middle of both. Hemp products are legal in Minnesota, and the latest changes this year to hemp regulation allow for the consumption within certain limits. We’re here to help you understand these limits, what kind of products or edibles are available for purchase, and how CBD legislation has changed in the state.
What are the CBD laws in Minnesota
Now, you might be asking yourself what the current legal status is in Minnesota. Let’s start by saying that the 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial hemp and other natural compounds derived from hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. This means products derived from industrial hemp are legal within certain limits. The most important thing we have to note is that any hemp products must contain less than 0.3% D9 THC based on the dry weight of the product. As we all know, the law also changes from state to state. In 2020, the state of Minnesota updated its legislation to comply with and reflect the new federal definition of hemp. This plan made it possible to access and grow hemp as part of the agricultural system. And while this is great, the state also clarified that it aligned with the FDA’s stance on CBD. This means Cannabidiol could not be added as a food additive, prohibiting infused edibles like food, beverages, and other products. We’ll delve into these a little further, as there is good news on this as well. But to sum it up, CBD and hemp-derived cannabinoids such as D8, or even 2018 Farm Bill compliant D9 THC can be consumed. And there is even better news, thanks to the latest update to the law in July 2022.
Are CBD gummies legal in Minnesota
Here comes the tricky part. In the past, Minnesota aligned with an old FDA ruling restricting CBD as a food additive. Moreover, you couldn't add CBD to products manufactured in the state. While there was a grey area about the consequences of buying products produced in another state, recent changes have loosened restrictions. According to the new law, THC and CBD edibles are allowed to be purchased by people over the age of 21. This law, pushed forward by State Rep. Heather Edelson, is part of a new policy regarding public health and hemp consumption. As a result, CBD-infused food and products can be purchased as long as they do not contain more than five milligrams of THC per serving or up to 50 milligrams of THC per package. These legal guidelines also restrict the packaging requiring products to state that they are not for children. In short, this new update to the law legalized CBD Gummies as long as they contain less than 5mg of D9 THC per serving. This means other products that are derived from hemp are also accessible, like D8 THC. So you can freely buy from online and physical dispensaries without the need for a medicinal marijuana card.
Does Minnesota have a CBD possession limit
No, there’s currently no specific regulation that limits the possession of CBD products. While there is now a limit on how much D9 THC a product can have, the law doesn’t specify a limit on how much CBD you can have or consume. So even if you try delicious CBD flower or CBD Gummies, as long as it complies with both the Federal and State law on hemp you are good to go. Medical marijuana on the other hand remains regulated and requires a specific card. As such, there are limits on how much medicinal marijuana you can have at a time and you need a literal “green card” to access it. Delta-8 THC, and other hemp-derived cannabinoids do not fall into medicinal marijuana and as such can be bought freely from online dispensaries as long as you are over 21 years old.
Can you buy CBD Gummies in Minnesota at 18
No. Much like alcohol, you cannot buy CBD or any other cannabinoids if you are under 21. The latest update to the law specifically declares that you must be 21 years old to be able to buy CBD and hemp-based products. This includes delta-8 THC, delta-10, and other cannabinoids derived from industrial or federally legal hemp. So no, you cannot buy these products until you are of age, and shops, dispensaries, and businesses are required to ask.
Are CBD Gummies legal in all 50 states
The answer to this question is a bit complicated, but 2018 Farm Bill compliant CBD products are not considered a controlled substance. Thanks to the 2018 Hemp Farming Act CBD is legal as long as it is compliant with regulations. Most importantly, the product must come from hemp and not cannabis. This also means the end product must not contain more than 0.3% of THC. This is why different types of cannabinoids like delta-8 have recently become popular in the cannabis space. They are required to have third-party lab testing to comply with the kind of cannabinoids and potency. However, some states have their own laws and regulations for CBD and hemp-derived products. States like California, for example, have sided with the FDA’s ruling of not adding cannabinoids as an additive to food, something Minnesota has revoked to a degree with the new regulations.
Can doctors prescribe CBD in Minnesota
No, doctors cannot prescribe CBD in Minnesota. While healthcare professionals can recommend CBD as supplements, they cannot prescribe products as they are not a controlled drug or medicine. Certain healthcare professionals can give permission for the use of medicinal marijuana, but it requires a lengthy application process that is reserved for clinical cases.