20th July: Speech / Comments, Rep. Tina Liebling Minnesota “Regulating the sale of edibles containing hemp-derived THC”
Legislative News and Views – Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL) Regulating the sale of edibles containing hemp-derived THC Wednesday, July 20, 2022 You have likely seen in the media that Minnesota “legalized” THC edibles by accident or by stealth. I have long supported legalization of cannabis for personal use. However, I don’t agree with those who say this legislation “legalized cannabis” or legalized anything that was previously illegal. However, the issue is complicated, and some may think about it that way. There has been a lot of attention to the exchange between Senator Abeler and me in the conference committee, when he jokingly asked whether we had just legalized marijuana and I jokingly responded, “Of course. Just kidding. We’ll do that next, okay?” There has been other speculation that we “legalized” by accident. This was no accident, and I was not aware of any intention to deceive anyone. HF 3595 was heard in the Health Finance and Policy Committee, which I chair, on March 18 and was re-referred (voted). to the House Commerce Committee. That committee sent it back to me and I put it in the House Health Omnibus bill. While this is a complicated issue, all these steps were done in public and I, Rep. Edelson (the bill author), and other House members understood what the bill did. Some legislators have made public statements suggesting that this was done as a stealth bill to reduce opposition. If that is true, I was unaware of it. Senator Abeler’s public confusion over what he had just voted for may have stemmed from the fact that the Senate did not hold any hearings on the companion bill. Here’s the detailed background (with thanks to Ben Johnson from House Research, but I heavily edited his explanation, so all errors are mine alone): THC, the “intoxicating”…
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