Beginning August 1, 2023, Minnesota legalized the use of cannabis for adults ages 21 and up. The City of Oakdale has passed additional ordinances, as permitted by Minnesota Statutes, related to smoking cannabis in public and regulation of cannabis businesses in Oakdale.
The City has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers related to cannabis regulations in Oakdale. For information on state legislation and regulations, please visit the Office of Cannabis Management webpage.
- What are adults age 21 and up allowed to possess?
Under the new Minnesota legislation, adults age 21 and up may:
- Possess or transport up to two ounces of cannabis flower.
- Possess or transport up to eight grams of concentrate.
- Possess or transport up to 800 milligrams of THC edible product (including low-potency hemp-derived products).
- Possess up to two pounds of cannabis flower in a private residence.
- Grow up to eight plants, with no more than four being mature at any one time. Plants must be grown in an enclosed, secure location, not accessible or in open sight to the public.
- Use, possess or transport cannabis paraphernalia.
- Where is it illegal to smoke cannabis in Oakdale?
Smoking cannabis or hemp products is prohibited in public places in Oakdale. A “public place” is defined as any indoor or outdoor area that is used or held out for use by the public whether owned or operated by public or private interests. This includes sidewalks, trails, parks, parking lots and any indoor space as prohibited by the Minnesota Clean Air Act. A violation of this ordinance is considered a petty misdemeanor.
- Where can cannabis be smoked in Oakdale?
The City of Oakdale allows cannabis to be possessed, consumed and smoked:
- In a private residence including curtilage or yard.
- On private property unless the owner prohibits it.
- On the premises of an establishment or event licensed by the state to permit on-site consumption.
- Can any forms of cannabis be consumed in public?
Low-potency hemp edibles, such as THC gummies, may still be possessed and consumed in public spaces.
- Can I purchase cannabis in Oakdale?
The City has established a moratorium that prohibits the establishment and operation of cannabis businesses until January 1, 2025, unless it is repealed sooner by the City Council.
Currently-operating medical cannabis businesses are exempt from the moratorium. Sales of low-potency cannabinoids continue to be legal in Oakdale for eligible businesses with a City license.
The following ordinances/code chapters relate to cannabis regulation in the City of Oakdale.
- Ordinance 905 - An Interim Ordinance Authorizing a Study and Imposing a Moratorium on the Operation of Cannabis Businesses
- Chapter 13, Article 8 - Offenses - Miscellaneous - Smoking of Cannabis and Hemp in a Public Place (page 13)
- Chapter 9, Article 17 - Licenses and Business Regulations - Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) Product Sales