Hemp Illegal in Minnesota, and It’s Often Mistaken for Marijuana


It looks like pot, it grows like pot. If you get caught with it, you will be prosecuted. The Minneapolis Star Tribune says the “weed” that’s sometimes found in Coon Rapids, Mn., and elsewhere won’t make you high and it could make you sick. Police Chief Brad Wise said that at least once a year, someone reports finding marijuana growing when it’s actually hemp, a relative of the plant.

“It looks like marijuana in every way, including the buds and the leaves, but it has almost zero THC, the drug that provides the effect that some people look for,” Wise said. Industrial-quality hemp was grown throughout central Minnesota in the 1940s for t he rope industry. It is now illegal to grow hemp in Minnesota. Although the plant has no psychotropic qualities, the law doesn’t make a distinction for how much THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is in it.

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