Minnesota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Iowans could look to Minnesota for low-THC medical cannabis

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.

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Hemp cultivation in Minnesota sees major growth spurt

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 seven farmers […]

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Ex-officers of MMJ company charged in illegal transport

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 Times Union […]

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MN medical cannabis regulator seeks additional $500,000

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 of the […]

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States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 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.

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MN medical cannabis workers secure three-year labor contract

Unionized employees at Minnesota Medical Solutions – one of the two licensed medical marijuana businesses in the state – unanimously ratified a three-year contract with the company. MinnMed is a unit of MMJ business Vireo Health, which in September signed what it claimed was the first agreement with organized labor in New York. These cannabis-related labor contracts […]

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Chart: Sharp rise in Minnesota medical marijuana patients buoys businesses

By Eli McVey The number of medical marijuana patients in Minnesota more than quadrupled in 2016, breathing life back into an industry some observers feared was unsustainable. Chalk it up to the addition of intractable pain to the state’s list of qualifying conditions, which had an immediate and dramatic impact on patient counts.

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Minnesota approves PTSD for medical cannabis program

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 producers will […]

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MN medical cannabis businesses see jump in pain patients

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 patients, or […]

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Minnesota MMJ companies lost millions in first year

Minnesota’s two licensed medical marijuana producers both lost millions of dollars in their first full calendar year since sales began July 1 in 2015. That’s according to financial documents that were seen by the Associated Press, which reported the findings on Friday. Minnesota Medical Solutions lost $500,000 in 2014 and then $3 million in 2015. LeafLine […]

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

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.

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Minnesota Medical Cannabis Businesses to Get Boost From Pain

Minnesota medical marijuana dispensaries can now serve patients with intractable pain, a change that could provide a significant boost for the two state-licensed MMJ producers. According to an analysis by Marijuana Business Daily, pain accounts for over 64% of patients in eight combined MMJ states, including Minnesota. The Associated Press reported that almost 500 intractable pain […]

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