CBD legal status was a grey area. But now, since July 1, 2109, that grey area has become a black letter law. Minnesota’s 2019 legislature passed a new law amending the definition of “hemp” to the match the 2018 federal statutes’ definition. The new law, effective July 1,2019, Minnesota Statutes § 18K.02 “DEFINITIONS,” says: “Subd. …
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What should marijuana legalization look like in Minnesota?
The issue is Liberty, not marijuana. Ending marijuana Prohibition is consistent with conservative political values. Less government means more freedom. Prohibition is a government bloat program, that destroys lives, destroys our freedom.
We the People have at least equal rights to marijuana as we do to beer and wine. The fact that marijuana is safer than beer and wine, undercuts the Prohibitionist lie that “marijuana is a dangerous drug.” Death by overdose happens with alcohol, but cannot happen with marijuana. Marijuana has no toxic dose level, unlike caffeine, aspirin and many other commonly used, legal drugs.
Is CBD legal in Minnesota?
It’s complicated, but the answers are here. If CBD is truly sourced from hemp, it’s legal under Minnesota law; and a federal law prohibits money being spent on federal prosecution of people with state legal hemp CBD. Here is the breakdown, with the related Minnesota and Federal laws.
Here is the big problem. People want to be able use CBD products for health and wellness support. There is little to no objection to CBD itself, as CBD, because it has no intoxicating effects, has no euphoric effect, unlike alcohol and other intoxicants. But, the best CBD comes from “marijuana” not hemp, as legally defined under the federal and Minnesota legal definitions.
CBD from legal hemp is currently legal. But CBD from illegal marijuana is currently illegal. It’s the source that makes it legal or not, in 2018.
On September 16, 2017 the Board of Directors of Minnesota NORML elected Thomas C. Gallagher to the position of Chair of the Board. Gallagher is a Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer who twice campaigned for election as a Representative in the Minnesota House in District 61B (incumbent Paul Thissen) in 2014 and 2016. He was the endorsed candidate of Republican Party of Minnesota in both election cycles.
Minnesota should restore the rights of the individual and of the jury, by passing a law guaranteeing the right to a medical necessity defense for medical marijuana patients charged with marijuana crimes in Minnesota. This history and background shows why the Bill currently in the Minnesota legislature should be adopted into law.