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On May 29, 2014, Minnesota signed medical cannabis legislation SF2470 into law, known as the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Use Act, authorizing the creation of a medical marijuana program. 

 

After a competitive license application process, Minnesota awarded licenses to two medical marijuana manufacturers, responsible for cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution throughout the state.

 

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) registered two medical marijuana manufacturers on December 1, 2014. The two marijuana manufacturers are responsible for the cultivation, production, and distribution of medical cannabis in the state. 

 

As of March 2019, Minnesota has 15,687 qualifying patients with active registry enrollment and 1,494 physicians registered to recommend medical marijuana. Although the program continues to see growth in patient numbers, medical marijuana manufacturers have struggled.

 

  1. Key Dates

There are no announced dates in Minnesota at this time.

  1. Application Fees/Start up costs

The application period is closed. There are no medical marijuana licenses available in Minnesota at this time.

  1. Available License Types

There are no medical marijuana licenses available in Minnesota at this time.

 

The medical cannabis program in Minnesota is built around medical cannabis manufacturers, each of which is responsible for the following:

  •  Cultivation

  • Manufacturing

  • establishing distribution centers, 

 

  1. Qualifying Conditions 

Minnesota physicians are able to recommend medical marijuana to patients with the following qualifying conditions:

 

  • Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting


  • Glaucoma


  • HIV/AIDS


  • Tourette Syndrome


  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)


  • Seizures, including Epilepsy


  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including Multiple Sclerosis


  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease


  • Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year, if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting

  • Intractable pain


  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
 (PTSD)

  • Autism

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

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  1. History 

On May 29, 2014, Minnesota signed medical marijuana legislation SF2470 into law. This Bill was the result of a compromise between the Senate and the House, each of which had passed a different medical marijuana bills earlier that month. The Senate bill included more patients, including those with PTSD, severe nausea, wasting, and intractable pain, and more dispensaries, while costing significantly less. The House bill reflected demands from law enforcement, including prohibiting patients from using marijuana flowers or leaves in their natural form, having a monopoly manufacturer, and including an observational study. The final bill represented a compromise on many of these issues.

 

On September 5, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health released a request for applications for medical marijuana manufacturers. On December 1, 2014, the Commissioner of Health registered two manufacturers for production of medical marijuana products in Minnesota. Each is required to establish four distribution centers, one in each of the state’s eight Congressional districts.

 

Final regulations for the medical cannabis program, Minnesota Department of Health Chapter 4770, were published in 2015. On June 1, 2015, Minnesota began accepting applications by individuals seeking to be registered patients or designated caregivers.

 

Governor Tim Walz stated in 2019 that Minnesota is prepared to move forward with recreational or adult-use marijuana but he is seeing opposition from a Republican controlled Senate . 

 

Other State Information:

  1. Estimated market size i.e. population and financial 

Minnesota’s two medical marijuana companies lost a combined $2.4 million in 2018, compounding years of losses that have largely been driven by the state’s tightly regulated program.

 Leafline Labs, which has not had a profitable year yet, reported a net income loss of $1.8 million in 2018. Minnesota Medical Solutions, lost $610,000 in 2018. However if Minnesota legalized recreational marijuana, data indicates Minnesota could produce $1.12 billion in sales within five years of legalization, creating 20,000 direct and indirect jobs and about $300 million in taxation.

  1. Amount/types of licenses issued/available

The Minnesota Department of Health registered two medical marijuana manufacturers on December 1, 2014. The two marijuana manufacturers are responsible for the cultivation, production, and distribution of medical marijuana in the state. 

There are no medical marijuana licenses available in Minnesota at this time.

  1. Adult use/medical/CBD only/ALL/none

Adult-use

At this time recreational or adult-use marijuana is not legal. There are two medical marijuana manufacturers responsible for the cultivation, production, and distribution of medical marijuana in the state. There are no medical marijuana licenses available in Minnesota at this time. As of January 2020, CBD products will be legal in Minnesota as long as they meet certain labeling and testing requirements.

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