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Arrested for Possession of THC Edibles?

Arrested for Possession of THC Edibles?

Under Minnesota drug laws, possession of THC edibles in any form is illegal. If arrested with more than 42.5 grams (10 kilograms), an individual can face felony drug charges.

THC Edibles are Illegal

Since the legalization of medical marijuana, many states have experienced a significant rise in cannabis-infused edibles found in baked goods, cooking oils, sweet treats, candy, and beverages. Although THC edibles are available through a variety of sources, they are still illegal in Minnesota. Under Minnesota law, legal medical cannabis can only be sold in the form of pills, liquids, and topical oils. Edibles made with raw leaves, flowers, and concentrates are not allowed under Minnesota law.

Despite their appearance, cannabis edibles such as sweet treats, brownies, chocolate bars, and gummies infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of marijuana, pose safety risk for some users, especially young people, and older adults, because dosage and potency are difficult to regulate. THC edibles are absorbed through the digestive system which results in delayed onset. While it may take 20 minutes to 3 hours to feel cannabis effects, the effects may last considerably longer than cannabis consumed in other ways.

In February, Minnesota police officers seized 500 pieces of marijuana edibles from a Jordan home. Edibles were packaged to resemble Nerd ropes, a popular candy with kids. Like vaping products, THC edibles are often disguised with fruit or candy flavors that appeal to young children and teenagers. The 28-year-old man arrested for illegal possession had a history of drug trafficking THC edibles in Minnesota, including earlier charges for drug offenses and felony weapons possession. He has been charged in Scott County District Court with two felony drug counts.

When medical marijuana legislation was signed into law in 2014, Minnesota decriminalized drug possession to a degree, imposing a $200 fine for possession of up to 42.5 grams. However, possession of more than 42.5 grams is considered a felony offense, punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and a prison sentence up to five years. The most severe penalty applies to convictions for sales of more than 50 kg. of marijuana, with a possible $500,000 fine and a 30-year prison sentence.

Felony drug offenders in Minnesota face harsh penalties. A Minneapolis drug attorney can provide a legal defense that may reduce charges and penalties. Without a proper defense, a felony drug arrest and conviction may result in years in prison and life-long consequences.

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