Minnesota Governor Tours Hemp Facility After New THC Edibles Law Takes Effect

Minnesota Governor Tours Hemp Facility After New THC Edibles Law Takes Effect
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“When you see a processing facility [breaking] ground for more expansion, this sends a signal to the market that Minnesota is ready to lead on this.” By Baylor Spears, Minnesota Reformer As a high school teacher and football coach not that long ago, Gov. Tim Walz (D) was no doubt on the lookout for students under the sway of mind-altering substances. As governor in the middle of a reelection campaign, Walz on Monday found himself at Hemp Acres, now one of the largest cannabis processing facilities in the nation after opening their third operation, a 37,000-square-foot facility 35 miles west of Minneapolis. Walz and local and company officials celebrated the opening of the new plant on Monday, offering it up as a shining example of agricultural innovation and diversification. “When you see a processing facility [breaking] ground for more expansion, this sends a signal to the market that Minnesota is ready to lead on this,” said Walz, whose likely GOP opponent Scott Jensen once flirted with cannabis legalization as a state senator before backing off. Walz said he hopes more Minnesota producers enter the industry and begin growing hemp. I visited Hemp Acres in Waconia today to hear about their booming business. Agriculture is a pillar of Minnesota's economy and our rapidly growing hemp industry will add to the foundation of our farming tradition while also expanding our economy. pic.twitter.com/ytBZtAGhyQ — Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) July 19, 2022 Hemp Acres buys raw hemp from local farmers across Minnesota and the Midwest and processes it into a bevy of ingredients like Cannabidiol, or CBD, hemp seed oil, fiber and protein powder. These are then supplied to companies in industries like food manufacturing, construction and supplements. Hemp Acres is trying to restore what was once a thriving industry before a moral panic…

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