Minnesota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Hemp cultivation in Minnesota sees major growth spurt

Omar Sacirbey  | April 4, 2017

Minnesota’s hemp crop has grown exponentially and the number of farmers cultivating the crop has increased sixfold as the state’s pilot program enters its second year.

This year, 42 farmers are growing hemp on roughly 2,100 acres, Minnesota’s Alpha News reported. That’s a huge increase from 2016, when Minnesota’s hemp cultivation program launched with …

Ex-officers of MMJ company charged in illegal transport

John Schroyer  | February 6, 2017

Two former employees of a multistate medical cannabis company have been formally charged with illegally transporting MMJ products across state lines, from Minnesota to New York.

Both defendants, once officers of Minnesota Medical Solutions, were charged Friday with unlawfully taking cannabis oil from Minnesota to an MMJ facility in upstate New York, the Albany …

MN medical cannabis regulator seeks additional $500,000

Bart Schaneman  | February 1, 2017

Minnesota’s medical marijuana regulatory agency said it needs more money to fund the operation of a patient database and the inspection of the state’s two MMJ drug manufacturers.

The Office of Medical Cannabis is requesting $500,000 in additional funds over the next two years, underscoring the financial squeeze regulators face in overseeing one …

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

Minnesota approves PTSD for medical cannabis program

John Schroyer  | December 1, 2016

Minnesota’s two medical marijuana producers will be getting a bigger patient base and more ways to deliver MMJ to patients under a new ruling released Thursday by the state’s health department.

Medical patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will be able to start making MMJ purchases in August, and the two medical cannabis …

MN medical cannabis businesses see jump in pain patients

Omar Sacirbey  | September 6, 2016

Minnesota’s struggling medical marijuana market could be poised for dramatic improvement thanks to a surge in new chronic pain patients, who have become the second-largest group of enrollees in the state after becoming eligible for the program on Aug. 1.

According to figures released by Minnesota’s Office of Medical Cannabis, roughly one-third of the state’s …

Week in Review: Rescheduling rumors, Nevada targets California docs & pain relief in MN

John Schroyer  | August 5, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Federal cannabis rescheduling rumors keep swirling, Nevada is poised to cut off a significant chunk of income for medical marijuana dispensaries, and Minnesota’s pair of MMJ companies get major relief from pain patients.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Minnesota MMJ Companies Scrambling

Omar Sacirbey  | June 20, 2016

Minnesota’s two medical marijuana businesses are racing the clock to get all of their dispensaries up and running.

Under Minnesota law, the two licensed cannabis companies in the state – LeafLine and Vireo Health – have until July 1 to open as many as four dispensaries each, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.