OMC: Less Than 200 Patients Have Access To Medical Marijuana

MINNESOTA:  The state’s Office of Medical Cannabis released the latest registration numbers Friday for patients and doctors that have signed up for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Since June 1, 318 health care practitioners have registered for the program, and 298 have been authorized to certify patients.

But there is more of a disparity between the number of patients that have registered — 340 — and those that have been approved to pick up prescriptions — 183.

The OMC says 81 people have registered to become patient caregivers in the program, but only 15 have been approved.

State Receives A Dozen Marijuana Manufacturing Applications

MINNESOTA:  A dozen companies have applied to grow and distribute marijuana in Minnesota next year.

Friday was the deadline to submit an application — and a $20,000 nonrefundable application fee — to the Minnesota Department of Health. Twenty-nine aspiring entrepreneurs had expressed interest in the job, but in the end, fewer than half followed through before the afternoon deadline.

The state’s new Office of Medical Cannabis will sift through those applications and by Dec. 1, the Health Commissioner will name just two companies to supply the entire state.

Minnesota’s first two marijuana manufacturers will have half a year to get an entire industry up and running — an industry still illegal on the federal level and in neighboring states. The state will be scrutinizing the applications in search of applicants with a great deal of money, a great deal of business experience and detailed business plans ready to go.