In recent months, the regulatory framework on cannabis in Minnesota has undergone several revisions and modifications, contributing to increased uncertainty and complexity for suppliers, manufacturers and consumers.
This uncertainty in the past few months was due to the fast-changing regulations and legislation that has been consistently evolving.
On August 1, Minnesota joined the other states in legalizing cannabis. For the first time since cannabis was criminalized, Minnesotans can ‘grow, possess and consume’ the drug, although in small quantities. While this is certainly an exciting milestone, it is important to understand the current laws and regulations that govern the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis.
Use and Possession Regulation
Individuals are now allowed to possess a maximum of 2 ounces of cannabis on themselves, regardless of their location, and are legally permitted to store 2 pounds of the substance in their residences.
Under Minnesota’s new law, individuals may legally “grow, possess, and consume” cannabis, although the amount of cannabis an individual can possess at any one time is limited to 2 ounces. It is also important to note that the legalization of cannabis only applies to individuals 21 years of age or older and that it remains illegal at the federal level.
The new law also makes it legal for Minnesotan adults to grow up to eight cannabis plants in their homes as long as they are not visible from a public right-of-way. Four of these eight can be in the flowering stage at any time. It’s allowed to grow indoors. While the state doesn’t restrict apartments, growers may need to get the building management on the same page.
Given the state’s decision to legalize cannabis for recreational use, individuals must take the time to understand the current laws and regulations associated with it.
As of now, only licensed medical dispensaries may legally sell cannabis products. However, it is now legal to possess small amounts of cannabis (under 2 ounces) and to transport it within the state. It includes possession of cannabis paraphernalia.
Buying From Red Lake Nation
Adults can also purchase cannabis from Red Lake Nation, the sovereign tribe in the state licensed to produce and sell their cannabis products on their lands while the state settles its affairs.
Possessing Cannabis Paraphernalia
In addition to possession and use, Minnesota law now permits the possession of cannabis paraphernalia, such as pipes, bongs, and other cannabis-related items. It is still illegal to sell paraphernalia to minors.
Now that we’ve discussed the specifications of cannabis legalization in Minnesota, there are still many restrictions regarding its use that you must know. Parents, especially, should be extra cautious about using/possessing cannabis near minors due to the harsh consequences attached.
After years of lobbying and advocacy, Minnesota’s long-awaited cannabis law is finally in effect as of August 1. Yet, any adult over the age of 21 that wishes to partake in cannabis consumption should check these local laws and regulations for guidelines and may want to consider being careful about what’s not allowed.
Cannabis Around Children
Despite cannabis becoming legal, smoking around children is expressly forbidden in any area and will still carry significant consequences. It includes public events, private homes, and even private vehicles.
Cannabis cannot be smoked or vaped in any multifamily building, such as apartments, condominiums, or co-ops. Those who wish to consume cannabis must do so in a well-ventilated area where smoking is not prohibited as it remains illegal.
People with a Federal License
Engaging in cannabis consumption while possessing a federal license is strictly prohibited under federal law. Any indulgence in cannabis puts your federal license in jeopardy.
Giving Away Cannabis with a Purchase
It is permissible to gift small quantities of cannabis or even cannabis plants to individuals. However, it is not allowed to offer cannabis as an additional bonus to any commercial transaction. In certain regions, people have attempted to circumvent restrictions on legalized cannabis by including it as a complimentary item alongside purchasing another product.
Carrying Cannabis Outside of MN
Cannabis hasn’t instantly become legal under federal law, which means that while using and possessing small quantities of cannabis is allowed in Minnesota, transporting the cannabis outside of the state will get you in trouble with the law.
Cannabis Inside the Cars
Driving under the influence of cannabis and public consumption is illegal in Minnesota, so you will want to avoid using or carrying cannabis in your car. It should also be away from the driver’s seat in the trunk.
Though there are still regulations to be mindful of, this major step forward in cannabis legalization marks a change in attitude and policy for Minnesota. With this new law, cannabis is now accepted as a recreational activity in the state.