Bill Endorsed By Minnesota’s Cannabis Office Would Authorize Temporary Licenses To Ensure Legal Market Launch

If applications exceed that amount, there would be a lottery

Minnesota’s new Office of Cannabis Management is backing a bill that would make tweaks to the sweeping law legalizing marijuana last year, which include authorizing a select number of temporary business licenses to ensure market launch early next year.

The legislation, introduced Thursday, does not specify when the application process would begin and when the licenses would become available, but interim cannabis chief Charlene Briner last month during an informational webinar said the goal is by this summer. 

Only people who meet the criteria for a “social equity” applicant would qualify and there would be a finite number of temporary licenses available. If applications exceed that amount, there would be a lottery to choose who receives one, the bill says.”

When I say temporary licenses, I mean early licenses — so as soon as this summer depending on if the legislature decides to take us up on that,” Briner said last month.

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