Minnesota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Chart: Minnesota medical marijuana patient count rises with approval of PTSD, pain

Minnesota has been among the most restrictive medical marijuana markets in the United States for years, with only two licensed producers serving all registered MMJ patients, a ban on edibles and cannabis flower and a narrow qualifying conditions list. Those factors add up to a small patient pool and questions about whether Minnesota’s two vertically […]

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Chart: US hemp production soars in 2017

Rising acceptance for hemp and CBD – combined with easing regulations at the state level – caused U.S. hemp production to surge in 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of acres licensed for hemp cultivation in the top 10 hemp-growing states grew by 140% – while the number of hemp producers doubled over the same […]

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Marijuana real estate company files for $100 million raise

A San Diego-based real estate company that caters to medical cannabis cultivators has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing plans to raise $100 million. If successful, Innovative Industrial Properties’ raise would be one of the larger funding efforts for a U.S. cannabis business. The company – which began listing as IIPR on the New […]

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Pennsylvania medical cannabis grower drops suit but not the battle

A medical marijuana company that failed to win a Pennsylvania cultivation license has dropped a lawsuit against the state’s health department demanding the agency revoke a license awarded to another grower. Scranton-based BrightStar Biomedics charged in a lawsuit filed last month that Pennsylvania Medical Solutions didn’t disclose on its application that it was under criminal […]

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Target’s CBD sales reversal roils hemp industry

A decision by Target Corp. to start selling CBD supplements last week had the hemp industry cheering – until the Minneapolis-based retail giant yanked the products. Target’s decision to stop selling CW Hemp supplements and oils followed a news release from the manufacturer, CW Hemp, saying the whole CBD industry “has officially gone mainstream.” Within […]

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Iowa attorney general halts medical cannabis oil import plan

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 the end of […]

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

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.

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Minnesota tribe entering the hemp business

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 its investment will […]

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Minnesota medical cannabis market opens to PTSD patients

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 until Aug. 1. […]

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

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 News of New […]

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Could medical marijuana company’s past haunt its future?

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.

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