Some stores follow, while others test the boundaries of Minnesota's budding THC business
With THC businesses cropping up across Minnesota, both city leaders and store owners are testing the boundaries of the state's new law. It has a lot of cities responding with temporary moratoriums.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — With Canna Corners just a couple months into business, co-owner John Reitmeier still gets plenty of first-time customers who have never the type of products he sells.
His family farmed in the Crookston area for more than 100 years, from sugar beets to sunflowers.
But he says there is no crop like cannabis.
"I have never seen something where people are coming in every day saying, 'thank you, thank you, this has made my sleeping better. This has taken my anxiety away,'" Reitmeier said.
The Crookston City Council recently passed an ordinance for THC stores, forcing new owners to work through the city before opening. Reitmeier is already following the rules set forth, so the ordinance does not impact him, but he is seeing competitors bend the new rules.
"I don't think anybody is trying to break the law," he clarified. "They're just trying to find the line."
He sees many stores in the area selling THC edibles at a potency higher than what Minnesota's law allows.
"There are vendors who believe that they can follow the national laws and not meet the Minnesota laws," Reitmeier said.
Canna Corners sells at five milligrams per serving at 10 servings per container, in line with Minnesota's regulation. Other sellers in the state are making them as high as 50 or 100 milligrams. Some companies also ship their products, which is legal — as long as they follow the rules.
"There's no checking to see if the person is 21. There's no validation of the source of the product. That's one of our big, big, big things," Reitmeier said. "Every product that I have in my case, we literally know the field that it was raised on."
Products are required to have a QR code identifying everything about where it came from. WDAY News compared one of his codes to that of another shop in the region. That other code brought information that was too blurry to read.
Issues like these have many cities, like Wadena, putting out a temporary moratorium against the sale of THC products until they can set forth clearly defined regulations. Still, Reitmeier hails this ever-changing industry as an exciting ride.
"Not make this something where you meet a friend in the back alley and make a purchase, but proudly come in the door and say, 'hey, I would like to buy some product,'" he said.
Crookston City Council members are also thinking about putting in a licensing fee for stores that sell THC edibles.