Understanding THC & Driving Laws in Minnesota

Understanding THC & Driving Laws in Minnesota

At Smokeless, we are dedicated to ensuring our customers are well-informed and safe. As cannabis continues to grow in popularity, it’s essential to understand the laws that govern its use, especially when it comes to driving. Here’s what you need to know about THC and driving in Minnesota to stay safe and compliant.

Legal Limits for Cannabis in Your Vehicle

In Minnesota, there are strict rules regarding how much cannabis you can legally transport in your vehicle. You are allowed to carry up to 2 ounces of cannabis flower, 8 grams of THC concentrate, or 800 milligrams of THC in edible products (including lower-potency THC hemp-derived product). It's important to transport these products in the trunk of your vehicle or another area that is not easily accessible to the driver or passengers to avoid any potential issues with law enforcement.

Consumption While Driving

It is illegal for both the driver and passengers to consume cannabis while the vehicle is in operation. This includes smoking, vaping, drinking, or consuming edibles. Consumption of cannabis in a moving vehicle not only endangers everyone on the road but also leads to severe legal consequences.

Penalties for Violating THC Driving and Possession Laws

The penalties for driving under the influence of cannabis in Minnesota can be severe and include:

  • First Offense: Up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Second Offense: A mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days in jail and higher fines.
  • Subsequent Offenses: Even harsher penalties, including longer jail time and more substantial fines.

In addition to driving penalties, there are strict possession limits:

  • Flower Possession:

    • Up to 2 ounces in public or 2 pounds in private: No penalty.
    • More than 2 ounces but less than 4 ounces: Petty misdemeanor, $300 fine.
    • 4 ounces to 1 pound: Possession in the third degree, 90 days in jail, $1,000 fine.
    • 1 pound to 2 pounds: Possession in the second degree, 1 year in jail, $3,000 fine.
    • 2 pounds to 10 kilograms: Possession in the first degree, 5 years in prison, $10,000 fine.

  • Concentrates and Edibles:

    • Up to 8 grams of concentrate or 800 milligrams in edible form: No penalty.
    • Possession of more than 16 g but not more than 80 g of cannabis concentrate is cannabis possession in the third degree. Possession of edible products infused with more than 1,600 mg but not more than 8 g of cannabis is cannabis possession in the first degree. This is punishable by not more than 90 days imprisonment and/or a $1,000 fine. 
    • Possession of more than 80 g but not more than 160 g of cannabis concentrate is cannabis possession in the second degree. Possession of edible products infused with more than 8 g but not more than 16 g of cannabis is cannabis possession in the second degree. This is punishable by not more than 1 year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine. Higher amounts of possession result in even harsher penalties and fines.

Additionally, a DWI conviction can lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver's license, increased insurance rates, and a permanent mark on your driving record.

How to Stay Safe and Compliant

  1. Plan Ahead: If you know you'll be consuming cannabis, arrange for alternative transportation such as a designated driver, taxi, or rideshare service.
  2. Know Your Limits: Understand how cannabis affects you and avoid driving if you feel ANY impairment.
  3. Educate Your Passengers: Make sure everyone in your vehicle is aware that consuming cannabis while driving is illegal.

By staying informed and making responsible choices, you can enjoy the benefits of cannabis without risking your safety or breaking the law.

For more detailed information on Minnesota's drugged driving laws, visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Stay safe and stay informed!

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