Statement: Kiffmeyer: Adding clarity and safeguards to Minnesota’s hemp industry

Statement: Kiffmeyer: Adding clarity and safeguards to Minnesota’s hemp industry
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Friends and neighbors, Imagine if the federal government built a new highway in Minnesota that had no speed limit and posed a great safety threat to motorists. To keep our drivers safe, it became necessary for the Minnesota Legislature to pass a state law to reduce the speed limit to 60 mph. At first, it might seem like Minnesota was endorsing speeding because no speed limit was in place. However, it was the federal government that left this highway unregulated, and it then fell to the state to add important safety regulations. This example is similar to why it was necessary for the Minnesota Legislature to pass a law this legislative session to clarify how hemp is regulated in our state. In 2018, the passage of the Federal Farm bill legalized hemp-based products nationwide. While well intentioned, this federal legislation failed to provide adequate protections for consumers and children, resulting in a largely unregulated nationwide hemp product market. To add clarity and safeguards to the hemp industry, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill this session to provide essential guidance to producers and protections for consumers. THC is a chemical in both hemp and marijuana that can get you high. Whereas marijuana contains more than 0.3% THC, our new state law defines hemp as only containing 0.3% or less THC. Previously, the federal law only placed a limit on one kind of hemp-derived THC, Delta 9. However, there were unlimited amounts of other kinds of THC, like Delta 8 and 10, being sold in Minnesota. There was also a loophole in the federal legislation that allowed a product to have a high number of milligrams of THC – 10mg, 15mg, or even more depending on the size of the product – but still meet the legal 0.3% threshold. The new Minnesota law, therefore,…

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