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Minnesota regulators announce plan to crack down on illegal cannabis sales

The Office of Cannabis Management has received complaints about illegal sales

Minnesota regulators announced Tuesday they will be cracking down on retailers who sell illegal cannabis flower ahead of the launch of the state's recreational marijuana market.

The Office of Cannabis Management has received some complaints about retailers who are selling illegal cannabis flower under the label of less-potent hemp. State health inspectors who have been monitoring the sale of hemp-derived edible products will now start examining raw flower to verify that it's hemp and not marijuana, which contains higher levels of THC, the ingredient that causes a high.

Although Minnesotans 21 and older can now legally use and grow their own marijuana, it's illegal to sell such products without a cannabis business license. The state's fledgling Office of Cannabis Management is still in the process of creating a licensing system and likely won't be issuing business licenses until later this year or early next year.


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