Status: In Minnesota, all individuals with a legal prescription may possess and use medical marijuana. State licensed businesses may grow, process, transport, and dispense medical marijuana.
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Number of Minnesota Marijuana Business Licenses Licenses Available
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- The bill allows for two manufacturing facilities and eight dispensaries statewide
- Each of the two registered manufacturers will establish and operate four distribution facilities around the state, for a total of eight.
- In July of 2015, the first dispensary in the state opened its doors to patients.
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- Patient Education Plan Template
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The History of Minnesota Marijuana Business Licenses Marijuana
In May of 2014, Minnesota passed a medical marijuana bill, known as the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Use Act, allowing for the possession and use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state. The bill allows for two manufacturing facilities and eight dispensaries statewide. Each of the two registered manufacturers will establish and operate four distribution facilities around the state, for a total of eight. In July of 2015, the first dispensary in the state opened its doors to patients.
Minnesota’s two medical marijuana companies lost a combined $2.4 million in 2018, adding to years of losses that have largely been driven by the state’s tightly regulated program. However the companies are hopeful for the future after measures to expand the state’s troubled medical marijuana program were included in a compromise Health and Human Services bill. The recently passed legislation will allow the state’s two medical marijuana companies to open twice as many dispensaries and write off their business expenses.
On May 25, 2021 the governor of Minnesota signed a large-scale bill that includes provisions to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, in part by allowing patients to access smokable cannabis products. The bill does not allow for additional marijuana business opportunities.
A recently formed political committee will try to make the economic case for legalizing adult-use cannabis in Minnesota. Cannabis for Economic Growth was registered with the state Campaign Finance Board in April 2019. Their goal is to educate on taxation, revenue, entrepreneurship, and how this new economy is going to help the state. The focus of their efforts will be not be on lobbying legislators at the Capitol, however; it will be on persuading voters.