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Office of Medical Cannabis

Active dates:2014-
Established by Commissioner of Health

To implement and administer the state's medical cannabis program.

2014 Minn. Laws Chap. 311 requires the Commissioner of Health register two medical cannabis manufacturers by December 1, 2014 with the expectation that they will begin providing medical cannabis to patients by July 1, 2015. In order to meet these goals the Office of Medical Cannabis is requesting applications from organizations interested in becoming a Minnesota medical cannabis manufacturer.


The Minnesota Department of Health established the Office of Medical Cannabis after the passage of the medical cannabis bill (S.F. 2470, 2014 Minn. Laws Chap. 311) in May 2014. The Office was tasked with implementing the law between May 2014 and July 2015. The law requires Minnesota residents with one or more of the qualifying conditions to join a patient registry that will be established by the state in order to obtain and use medical cannabis for treatment purposes.

The Office began soliciting bids for medical cannabis (medical marijuana) manufacturers in early fall of 2014.

Minnesota Administrative Rules for the medical cannabis program will be proposed in early 2015.

Subordinate to:

Director, Research Director, Operations Supervisor, Policy Analyst and Administrative Assistant being hired as of October 2014.

Agency heads:

Michelle Larson, Director, as of August 13, 2014.


The term "medical marijuana" is often used interchangeably with "medical cannabis" to refer to this program.

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Record last updated: 04/16/2021

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