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Minnesota Now Accepting Applications for Cannabis Growers

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Minnesota Now Accepting Applications for Cannabis Growers

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After the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released a first draft of proposed regulations for potential cannabis manufacturers last month, residents have been enthusiastically attending public meetings hosted by state officials. As the state gears up to begin its medical marijuana program, many locals are hopeful that they will be given the chance to take part in the process.

Growers and cultivators looking to become a part of Minnesota’s medical cannabis program have the opportunity to apply to become one of only two legal cannabis manufacturers within the entire state. In order to be considered for the exclusive role, growers must submit an application along with a $20,000 non-refundable application fee. The MDH officially began accepting applications on Sept. 5 and will continue to review submissions through Oct. 3. Applicants must file a notice of intent by Sept. 19.

According to reports, manufacturers can expect to complete a lengthy and thorough application and will need to provide lots of information from mock designs for potential advertisements and business plans to blueprints, floor plans and protocol in the case of a pest or fungal outbreak. Each year manufacturers will be evaluated to see how they performed based on the plans outlined in their applications and their contracts will be renewed if they have successfully adhered to regulations.

The process will begin with Doctor Edward Ehlinger, the commissioner of health, who will register two manufacturers by Dec. 1. Following that, manufacturers will begin production while regulations for the program are further discussed and exacted. Applications for potential patients will be available in late May or early June and cannabis products will be available next summer on July 1 for all qualified medical patients.

Under the proposed regulations, medical marijuana patients will have limited access to cannabis and will legally only be able to purchase and consume marijuana in liquid, vaporized or pill form. They won’t have access to any buds, edibles, oils, concentrates or topical treatments. Any patients caught with loose leaf marijuana will lose their protection under the law and their status as a medical cannabis patient will be immediately terminated.

There will only be eight medical conditions that qualify patients including cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS and glaucoma. Patients will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis.

An updated, second draft of the regulations is currently available for viewing. According to the MDH website, another updated draft will be available in early October.

Would you grow cannabis for your state’s medical program? Tell us your thoughts below.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. GoneGonzo

    September 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Let’s see, now… Grow lots of cannabis for only one of it’s multitudinous benefits or help push for full-scale decriminalization and legalization of recreational AND medical cannabis in its ENTIRETY? Hmm… Sorry, Big Chemical, I’m going to have to go with the latter.

  2. Nat Turner

    September 20, 2014 at 5:08 am

    The whole program sounds as if it was designed by an anti-marijuana clown. Don’t expect any progress. Doomed for failure.

  3. Kenyon Osborn

    September 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Never sell out. No I will not cultivate in a climate that sets the patient up for limited access .fi fy foe fum Sounds like big pharma coming

  4. Mark Victorio

    September 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    hi i would like to work there and i like cannabis

  5. crawford

    September 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    $20k per person or $20k for your business??

    • Vernon

      September 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      The government don’t care about the economy that’s why there’s a 20,000 dollar amount, they don’t care about the people who struggle they only care about their own pockets ask Obama if he will donate some of his salary to help the homeless or the people that can’t afford health care “Obama care” what the fuck is that shit…

  6. zek

    September 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

    If I send u a sample of my flower can I get hired I need a job….. I can really grow some good hydroponics

  7. Alice Refield

    September 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

    $20,000 fee is ridiculous and too stiff.
    The fact that anybody can grow pot in a pot. Growing marijuana is a lot less complicated than growing tomatoes in one’s backyard.

    • margie

      September 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      i totally agree alice but its the money they have in their heads not to help people

  8. Christine Perry

    September 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Marijuana should be legalized everywhere. Do people realize that legalizing this wonderful plant is creating jobs? Imagine all of the entrepreneurs that would be made, giving jobs and helping the economy.

    • Nat Turner

      September 20, 2014 at 5:12 am

      But what about your grandpa’s racist desires! You have to honor your grandpa’s mindless selfish ethics no matter how wrong YOU know they were!

  9. Matthew White

    September 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I would love to become a cannibis grower ive grown before and turned out great.

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