New laws to take effect July 1st in Minnesota

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(ABC 6 News) – Among the new laws set to take effect July 1, are regulations on hemp products that local growers say may just save their business.

"Had that not gone through, we could be closing our business in six months," said Jeff Brinkman, the president of Superior Cannabis Company in Austin.

For Brinkman, working with policymakers was personal. His business was on the line.

"Was it monumental? Yes. But was it worth it? Absolutely," he said of the time and effort he put into the legislature.

It has been, and will continue to be, illegal for local growers to sell cannabinoid infused food and drinks until July 1. The new law allows versions of cannabis like CBD, and even small amounts of THC, to be added to food and drinks in the state. With the growing popularity of edibles like CBD gummies, local growers said that not being able to sell these products was killing their business.

According to the regulations, food products may have up to five milligrams of THC per serving and up to 50 milligrams of THC per package.

"It’s exciting. It’s a big step forward. A good way to introduce cannabis to Minnesota," Brinkman said.

Also taking effect July 1, is a $15,000 grant program for new Minnesota farmers. The state’s emerging farmers working group said the goal is to help underrepresented and farmers of color own land.

And, the state will see a new advisory board to advocate for safety and higher quality of life for foster children. The law states the board may: "investigate decisions, acts and other matters related to the health, safety and welfare of youth in foster care."

A complete list of new legislation for the month of July can be found here.