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Guidance for Liquor Stores on Allowable Product Sales Containing CBD, hemp and/or THC

​As new laws get passed, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement will share guidance on any implications for the liquor industry. Under state law, exclusive liquor stores are not allowed to sell products containing CBD, hemp and/or THC.

Minnesota statute 340A.412 subdivision 14 governs items that may be sold at an exclusive liquor store.  Allowable items, and changes to allowable items, are vetted by the Minnesota Legislature.

For example, citrus fruit and glassware were items added via the 2022 Liquor Omnibus.

CBD, hemp, and/or THC infused beverages are not intended to be mixed with alcoholic beverages and are not classified as soft drinks.

The allowable items which may be sold at an exclusive liquor store can found in Minnesota statute340A.412 subdivision 14.​

Hemp Derived Products Information

​For questions related to hemp infused edibles and other products, visit the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy website. The board has also created an FAQ sheet​.

Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division Adds First K-9

AGED K-9 BiaThe newest member of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (DPS-AGED) is Bia, a 1 1/2-year-old female German shorthaired pointer trained to locate U.S. currency. Her skills will help law enforcement find stolen or illegal money, interrupt the flow of funds for illegal activities and get restitution for victims of theft.

Bia was imported from Hungary and can sniff out cash hidden in homes, buildings, vehicles or buried in a yard. She spent three months pre-training with the Minnesota State Patrol to recognize currency odors and build her search skills. She sharpened those skills working with her handler, Special Agent Brad Rezny.

The pair recently completed training and will start work on criminal cases involving illegal gambling, unlicensed alcohol sales and distribution, and stolen funds from charitable gambling.

“Our agents have found money in pillowcases, socks and secret carve-outs in residences and furniture," said DPS-AGED Director Carla Cincotta. “Once a search warrant is signed by a judge, Bia can quickly and neatly search a home or business. Using Bia reduces the need to take apart property, dig or cut and eases our agents' workloads."   

Once Bia detects the odor of currency, she will sit down and lock on the area. Agents will then take the money into evidence. Bia's reward for her hard work? Play time with her favorite squishy ball.