Minnesota Cannabis License Guidelines

Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management

Licensing and Enforcement Criteria

The new Office of Cannabis Management will release applications, issue licenses and develop regulations outlining how and when businesses can participate in the new adult-use industry in Minnesota. Over the coming months, the new state agency will develop the regulatory framework for legal adult cannabis, and establish processes and timelines to apply for licenses.

The Minnesota Department of Health will continue to oversee the regulation and policies for the Medical Cannabis Industry of the state until their transfer to the Office of Cannabis Management scheduled in 2025.

Local governments can limit the number of cannabis retailers to one for every 12,500 residents. 

The tax on cannabis product sales will be 10% in addition to state and local sales taxes. Local governments will not collect an additional cannabis-specific tax.

 

Minnesota Cannabis Law & Compliance

Several laws and ordinances regulate the Minnesota Cannabis Community, as well as the many different steps in the supply chain. These laws range over dispositions for cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and retail dispensaries. The most recent news can be found on these websites:

FAQs

When can retail sales for adult-use cannabis begin?

The legislation proposes that retail sales for adult use cannabis in Minnesota begin in the first quarter of 2025.

How can my company become a medical cannabis manufacturer?

Current law limits the medical cannabis program to two medical cannabis manufacturers. The Minnesota Department of Health has registered two medical cannabis manufacturers: Vireo Health of Minnesota and Leafline Labs. Minnesota law does not allow registration of additional medical cannabis manufacturers.

With the Office of Cannabis Management starting, will the Department of Health still run the medical cannabis program?

Minnesota will continue to have a Medical Cannabis Program, which will move from the Minnesota Department of Health to the Office of Cannabis Management effective March 1, 2025.

I want to apply for a new adult-use cannabis license, where can I do that?

The regulatory framework will take time to develop and will require input from communities throughout the state. More information for businesses interested in participating in Minnesota’s adult-use, medical and lower-potency hemp edible markets will be posted on this website when available.

When does adult-use cannabis become legal in Minnesota?

August 1st 2023 the legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis takes effect.

Minnesota Cannabis License Types

Microbusiness

  • Application fee $500
  • No initial license fee
  • Renewal license fee $2,000

Mezzobusiness

  • Application fee $5,000
  • Initial license fee $5,000
  • Renewal license fee $10,000

Cultivator

  • Application fee $10,000
  • Initial license fee $20,000
  • Renewal license fee $30,000

Manufacturer

  • Application fee $10,000
  • Initial license fee $10,000
  • Renewal license fee $20,000

Retailer

  • Application fee $2,500
  • Initial license fee $2,500
  • Renewal license fee $5,000

Wholesaler

  • Application fee $5,000
  • Initial license fee $5,000
  • Renewal license fee $10,000

Transporter

  • Application fee $250
  • Initial license fee $500
  • Renewal license fee $1,000

Testing Facility

  • Application fee $10,000
  • Initial license fee $10,000
  • Renewal license fee $20,000

Event Organizer

  • Application fee $750
  • Initial license fee $750

Delivery Service

  • Application fee $250
  • Initial license fee $500
  • Renewal license fee $1,000

Medical Cannabis Cultivator

  • Application fee $250
  • No initial license fee
  • No renewal license fee

Medical Cannabis Retailer

  • Application fee $250
  • No initial license fee
  • No renewal license fee

Medical Cannabis Processor

  • Application fee $250
  • No initial license fee
  • No renewal license fee

Medical Cannabis Combination Business

  • Application fee $10,000
  • Initial license fee $20,000
  • Rdenewal license fee $70,000

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