Minnesota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Iowa attorney general halts medical cannabis oil import plan

Omar Sacirbey  | September 11, 2017

An unusual attempt by Iowa to work with another state to transport medical marijuana oil across state lines is on hold amid legal concerns it could invite scrutiny from the federal government.

Iowa’s MMJ law, updated this year, mandates that the state license two cannabis oil producers and five dispensaries in the state by …

Which state legislatures could legalize recreational, medical marijuana in 2018?

John Schroyer  | August 30, 2017

By John Schroyer

Only 26 states in the United States - along with Washington DC - allow independent campaigns to place ballot measures before the general public. Which means the only way to change state laws in almost half the country is through the legislature.

For cannabis advocates, that means pinning legalization hopes on lawmakers, not voters.

Minnesota tribe entering the hemp business

John Schroyer  | August 21, 2017

At least one Native American tribe – on the White Earth reservation in northwestern Minnesota – has decided to take a leap and get into the hemp business.

The tribe has spent $100,000 on just a few acres of the crop, according to Minnesota Public Radio, but is hoping the return on …

Minnesota medical cannabis market opens to PTSD patients

Omar Sacirbey  | August 3, 2017

Minnesotans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder are now permitted to start buying medical marijuana from the state’s dispensaries, potentially providing a boost to the state’s sluggish MMJ program.

Minnesota approved PTSD as a new qualifying condition late in 2016, but patients weren’t permitted to obtain medical cannabis to treat the illness …

Judge allows case with ex-execs at marijuana firm Vireo to proceed

John Schroyer  | August 3, 2017

A Minnesota judge has given the green light for an interstate marijuana smuggling case to move forward.

Judge Kathleen Mottl denied legal motions filed on behalf of two former employees of Vireo Health – a multistate medical marijuana producer – seeking the dismissal of criminal charges in the illegal cannabis transportation case, The Journal …

Could medical marijuana company’s past haunt its future?

Omar Sacirbey  | July 27, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Vireo Health, a multistate medical marijuana business, has aggressive expansion plans. But the Minnesota company's goals could be undermined by two former executives whom prosecutors allege moved cannabis across state lines, a violation of federal law.

There has already been fallout, and industry observers say there's potential for more.

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 …