Minnesota House Leader Says New Law Allowing THC Edibles Was ‘Intentional’ Step Toward Marijuana Legalization

Minnesota House Leader Says New Law Allowing THC Edibles Was ‘Intentional’ Step Toward Marijuana Legalization
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The Democratic leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives said on Tuesday that passing the state’s newly enacted law allowing low-THC edibles for adults was an “intentional” legislative step meant to open the door to broader marijuana legalization that is opposed by many Republican colleagues who ultimately voted for the incremental reform. At a press briefing, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL), who has consistently championed legalization in the legislature, emphasized that the legislation that took effect last week was debated and passed in a public forum, so GOP members who have since expressed reservations about the edibles provisions after voting in favor of the bill don’t exactly have an excuse. In the end, Republican lawmakers in the state who don’t want to see adult-use legalization only have themselves to blame for paving the path for more comprehensive marijuana legislation down the line, Winkler suggested. “We absolutely did this on purpose. It was an intentional step forward,” the leader said, “and it is an opportunity for Minnesota businesses and Minnesota consumers to have access to a product that can be safe and is widely available and used today—however, through an illicit marketplace.” He also said that he and his colleagues have been strategic by not necessarily publicizing the edible policy change in the new law, which further establishes regulations for products infused with delta-8 THC and other cannabinoids.

While the legislating that went behind this bill “was all done in the public eye,” he and his colleagues felt that “drawing attention to this change in the regulatory structure” before the legislation was passed might have compromised its bipartisan support. “We have a lot of work to do in Minnesota on cannabis legalization, but this is an important step forward—and the door is now open to consumers having access…

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