Medical Marijuana Program On Track For Summer Launch, Officials Say

MINNESOTA:  Minnesota will have at least one state-approved medical marijuana manufacturer by Dec. 1, the leader of the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis said Thursday.

The prediction comes five months after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the state’s new medical marijuana law, and as officials say they remain on track to launch the program next summer.

The Minnesota Department of Health said it received 12 applications from would-be medical marijuana manufacturers about a month ago. Each plunked down a $20,000 non-refundable fee just to file paperwork in hopes of being among the two the state will eventually approve.

Michelle Larson, who directs the new medical cannabis office, said she’s not allowed to divulge any details about the selection process, but did say the process is on track, with officials reviewing applications and visiting potential growing sites.


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