Minnesota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

On eve of launch, Minnesota’s MMJ companies optimistic despite tiny patient base

By Tony C. Dreibus Low patient numbers, limited consumption options and hesitant doctors rank as some of the biggest challenges facing Minnesota’s medical marijuana industry, which is slated to launch Wednesday when the first two dispensaries in the state open. As of June 25, just 65 patients had been authorized to purchase medical marijuana, according […]

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Controversy Over Minnesota MMJ Company’s New Hire

A Minnesota health department official who played a key role in the state’s medical marijuana licensing process will take the reins of one of the companies that received a permit, leading to concerns over whether the move is ethical. Manny Munson-Regala (pictured), an assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health, was named chief executive […]

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MMJ Patient Clinic Suspended in Minnesota

As if Minnesota’s fledgling medical marijuana industry doesn’t have enough to worry about – given the low initial patient count and resistance by doctors to recommend MMJ – the state this week reportedly suspended the ability of a clinic to certify patients for cannabis. The Minnesota Certification Clinic emailed patients on Tuesday to notify them […]

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Wary Doctors Could Dampen Minnesota MMJ Market

Minnesota dispensaries preparing to begin operations next month may see smaller-than-expected patient numbers, as many doctors in the state are undecided on whether they’ll recommend cannabis for certain ailments. Patients who qualify for MMJ in the state must get an endorsement from their doctors, but a survey from the Minnesota Medical Association shows physicians are […]

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Minnesota Hospitals Get Green Light to Dispense Medical Marijuana

Minnesota will let hospitals dispense medical cannabis in pill and liquid forms after the governor signed off on a change to the state’s MMJ law, but it’s unlikely they’ll actually purchase marijuana directly from the state’s two producers. The original bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state didn’t include hospitals as places where MMJ can […]

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Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Industry on Track for July Launch

The two companies licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana in Minnesota appear on track to launch in July as expected – a rarity in the MMJ industry. MinnMed is planning to open a dispensary in Minneapolis on July 1 and a Rochester location two weeks later. Dispensaries in Eden Prairie and Moorhead are set […]

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Minnesota MMJ Companies Raise $30M

The two companies selected to grow and dispense medical cannabis in Minnesota have raised a combined $30 million in investments – an unprecedented amount for startups in a new MMJ market. Earlier this week, Minnesota Medical Solutions (also known as MinnMed) announced that it has secured $16.6 million in capital ahead of its opening. Most of […]

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Minnesota Medical Cannabis Workers Join Union

At least half of Minnesota’s medical marijuana dispensaries will be unionized. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) announced that it has signed a contract with workers at Minnesota Medical Solutions, one of two companies that will produce MMJ in the state and sell it to patients. The UFCW is also reportedly in negotiations […]

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Minnesota Seeking Medical Cannabis Testing Labs

Minnesota is looking for testing labs to inspect medical marijuana products for potency, safety and consistency. Applications from labs that would like to be considered are due in March, and the state is scheduled to award licenses by mid-April, according to a report on TwinCities.com. Late last year, Minnesota awarded licenses to two companies – […]

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