Minnesota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Audit finds problems with Minnesota’s medical marijuana program

The two vertically integrated medical marijuana companies that serve the entire MMJ market in Minnesota lack formal contracts with a testing laboratory as well as other issues, according to a report from the state’s Office of the Legislative Auditor. According to Minneapolis TV station WCCO, an audit of the Minnesota Department of Health, which oversees the […]

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Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical cannabis program to include chronic pain, a move that is expected to substantially boost sales since the condition is typically the leading driver for MMJ recommendations.

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Why some marijuana firms are rebranding in response to cannabis industry’s changing business climate

As the cannabis industry has moved to shed the “stoner” stereotype many have held of its consumers, several marijuana businesses are rebranding themselves via name changes and other steps to try to reflect the companies they’ve become.  Whether the decision revolves around an initial public offering (IPO), including Akerna’s, or the acquisition of multiple dispensaries such […]

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As vaping crisis continues to affect legal marijuana vape sales, MJ firms use education to allay consumers’ concerns

In the wake of the recent vaping crisis that’s sickened more than 2,000 people and killed dozens more, vape makers and retailers are using a variety of strategies to ease consumer concerns and shore up sagging sales. In particular, marijuana vape manufacturers and dispensaries are: Posting signs in stores and training in-store staff to help consumers understand […]

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Marijuana company Vireo Health wagers on former Canopy co-CEO Linton to expand nationally

To help expand its national footprint, multistate marijuana company Vireo Health International has hired Bruce Linton, one of the biggest names in the cannabis industry and former leader of Canada’s Canopy Growth until his surprise firing in the summer. It’s a high-profile hire for the U.S. cannabis industry, one that many executives and investors across […]

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Vaping crisis creates adult-use cannabis hurdle in Minnesota

The vaping crisis is making some lawmakers in Minnesota reluctant to support recreational marijuana legalization in the state. Cannabis opponents latched on to the outbreak as a reason for the state to slow down legalizing adult-use marijuana, according to the Star Tribune. The outbreak came at nearly the same time that marijuana advocates were rolling […]

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Vireo agrees to milestone medical cannabis labor pact in Pennsylvania

Minnesota-based Vireo Health, a multistate marijuana operator, signed the first vertically integrated medical cannabis labor agreement in Pennsylvania, a deal that is being touted as a win for both the employees and the company. The three-year pact is between Vireo’s Pennsylvania Medical Solutions subsidiary and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776. The […]

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Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Vireo Health posts cannabis revenue rise, net loss for second quarter

Vireo Health, a Minneapolis-based multistate marijuana operator, on Thursday reported revenue of $7.2 million in the second quarter, up 70% from the same period a year ago. The net loss for the quarter, ending June 30, was approximately $1.9 million, compared with net income of $120,080 for the prior-year period. The company recently announced it […]

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Vireo Health moving fast as it focuses on cannabis science, consumers and shareholder value

Vireo Health, the Minneapolis-based vertically integrated cannabis company, has been very busy since it started trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange March 20. The physician-led group, which trades under the ticker VREO, has made acquisitions in four states since then, entering the Arizona, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Nevada markets. The fact that the two most […]

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