Several Northwest Suburbs Mull New THC Regulations
Several northwest metro cities are considering regulating THC products. The move comes after a new law went into effect July 1 allowing hemp-derived THC edibles and other items to be sold.
Adults 21 and older can consume edibles and beverages that contain small quantities of THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. According to state law up to five milligrams of THC is allowing per serving, with a maximum of 50 milligrams of THC per package.
While state law now regulates the amount of THC sold in each product, it’s unclear where and how these products can be sold. So that leaves it up for cities to decide. Robbinsdale officials are mulling over ideas.
“What we understand does not prohibit cities from regulating the sale and what we’re looking to do either through city zoning or licensing authority, look at all considerations,” said Robbinsdale City Manager Tim Sandvik. “Anything from the way of numbers to by way of proximity, all things are going to be considered.”
Robbinsdale leaders plan to talk about the issue on Tuesday during a city council work session. Golden Valley and Crystal also plan to discuss the issue at upcoming city council meetings.
Minnesota League of Cities Providing Guidance on THC Products
Most municipalities are also consulting with the League of Minnesota Cities.
“Cities are nimble and working quickly to review and respond to the new law and evaluate the unique needs of their communities. City leaders bring considerable expertise in regulatory considerations to the table, and League staff will be listening to the policymakers in our city halls to help shape the path forward in a way that is thoughtful and timely,” said Patricia Beety, general counsel for League of Minnesota Cities.