Anticipation, Anxiety As State Prepares For Next Step In Medical Marijuana Legalization

MINNETSOTA:  Next week, the Minnesota Department of Health will name the two companies it has selected to grow and refine the state’s entire supply of medical marijuana.

While some communities are ready to welcome new agribusinesses, others have taken steps to block marijuana outlets from setting up shop.

The city of Duluth, which spent years battling a downtown head shop, just passed a six- to 12-month moratorium on any talk of zoning for medical marijuana manufacturing or dispensing facilities. The Minneapolis suburb of Richfield passed a similar moratorium in October after two different cannabis companies approached the city about setting up dispensaries there, should they get the nod from the state.

“From our perspective, what’s really important is to get ahead of the game and figure out how, or where, those facilities might fit into our community,” City Manager Steve Devich said at the time.


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.


WeedHire’s Third Quarter 2014 Cannabis Jobs Report Shows Increasing Demand In Government Positions

NEW JERSEY:  The findings of the Third Quarter 2014 Cannabis Jobs Report show significant demand by state governments looking to fill regulatory and other positions, including senior level positions with the Minnesota Department of Health. Annual pay for the positions typically ranges from $60,000 to $105,000.

“With marijuana now legal in 23 states, the green rush has created a huge demand for experienced professionals who can build and operate the apparatus required for regulating and overseeing what is essentially a brand new industry,” said WeedHire CEO David Bernstein. “State governments need to make sure they are equipped to handle what many project to be an explosive growth industry, potentially reaching as much as $10 billion by 2019.”

“A look at the positions available in many of these states show they are taking the issue very seriously,” Mr. Bernstein said.

Sales and Administrative positions continue to see rapid growth and account for 63.3% of the postings on WeedHire through the end of the third quarter of 2014. Dispensaries (24.7 %), Marketing (16.2 %), Website/Online (12.6%), and positions in Doctor’s offices (11.2%) round out the top five job categories.