Minnesota has taken a significant step in cannabis legislation, with the recent legalization of adult-use cannabis effective from August 1, 2023. This marks a pivotal change in the state’s approach to cannabis use and possession.
Initially, medical marijuana was legalized in Minnesota in 2014. The new law, however, extends these liberties, allowing adults aged 21 and over to possess, use, and grow cannabis for personal use. Specifically, individuals can possess or transport up to 2 ounces of cannabis flower in public spaces and up to 2 pounds of cannabis flower in their homes. The law also permits the possession of up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates and sets limits for edible cannabis products at 800 milligrams of THC.
An important aspect of this legislation is its impact on the existing medical marijuana market. Licensed medical suppliers will have the opportunity to produce and sell recreational cannabis, with provisions in place to support their business amidst the changes.
The Minnesota House of Representatives has played a crucial role in this progression, with the House Ways and Means Committee approving the bill and sending it to the House Floor for further consideration. This bill not only legalizes adult-use cannabis but also includes grants for cannabis growers, substance use treatment, recovery, prevention, and support for communities disproportionately affected by previous cannabis prohibition.
Sales of legal adult-use cannabis in Minnesota are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2025. The Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management has been established as the regulatory body, overseeing the implementation of these new laws. Minnesota is now the 23rd state in the nation to legalize cannabis for adult use.
Despite these changes at the state level, it is important to note that cannabis remains illegal on federal property. Hemp-derived cannabinoid products, however, continue to be allowed under the new legislation. Additionally, adults in Minnesota can grow a limited amount of cannabis at home for personal use, further expanding the scope of legal cannabis activities in the state.
For more detailed information about the legalization of adult-use cannabis in Minnesota and guidelines for consumers, visit the State of Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management. Also, explore the legislative journey and updates on the Minnesota House Public Information Services website.