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. …
The 2019 Minnesota legislature amended the definition of hemp, a legal category of the cannabis plant. And the new law changes the legal status of Hemp-CBD products.
Before the amendment, as long as the source was a hemp plant, THC was legal in any amount, at any concentration level.
That’s why the early 2019 criminal charges for sale and possession against Lanesboro, Minnesota hemp farmer Luis Hummel should be dismissed, if they haven’t been already.
Driving under the influence of marijuana is already a crime in Minnesota. That will not change when Minnesota legalizes marijuana. DUI-marijuana will still be a crime. Some fear that legalization will equate to more DUI-marijuana cases. An unstated premise of that fear is that more people will use marijuana because of legalization. This, in turn, …
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.
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