Minnesota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Questions swirl over financial viability of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program

John Schroyer  | May 31, 2017

By John Schroyer

Is Minnesota's highly restrictive medical cannabis program viable in the long term? Or will it prove to be an extremely expensive but failed experiment?

Both questions are being raised after a recent report revealed that the state's two MMJ producers lost a combined $11 million in less than two years of sales.

Week in Review: Washington organic marijuana, PA liquor stores & Minnesota red ink

Omar Sacirbey  | May 19, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Washington state signs off on an organic marijuana certification program, Philadelphia’s mayor says state-run liquor stores should handle recreational sales, and Minnesota’s two medical cannabis businesses bleed red ink.

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

Minnesota medical cannabis companies losing millions

John Schroyer  | May 15, 2017

Minnesota’s two licensed medical marijuana manufacturers have lost a combined $11 million in just two years of sales, according to financial documents obtained by The Associated Press, continuing losses that hint at systemic problems with the state’s tightly regulated program despite a recent expansion that allowed thousands more patients to buy the medication.

Minnesota Medical …

Iowans could look to Minnesota for low-THC medical cannabis

Roger Fillion  | May 15, 2017

Top state lawmakers in Iowa and Minnesota are trying to work out a system allowing Iowans to buy low-THC medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota, a novel arrangement that could raise issues with the federal government.

It could also bolster sales for Minnesota's only two MMJ manufacturers: LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions.

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 …

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 …