Charlene Briner, interim director of the state Office of Cannabis Management, left, speaks during a committee hearing with cannabis bill sponsor Sen.

What you need to know about the cannabis bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature

New legislation includes law changes sought by the state Office of Cannabis Management.

Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in the US, a new study says

May 22
FILE - Marijuana plants are displayed at a shop in San Francisco, Monday, March 20, 2023. Daily and near-daily marijuana use is now more common than s
For the first time, the number of Americans who use marijuana just about every day has surpassed the number who drink that often, a shift some 40 years in the making as recreational pot use became more mainstream and legal in nearly half of U.S. states.

Minnesota legislators finalize cannabis bill that would allow growing to start this year

May 15
“What you see in the bill is a reflection of the very feedback that we got,” said Charlene Briner, interim director of the Office of Cannabis Mana
The state is also poised to shift its system for awarding cannabis business licenses to a lottery for qualified applicants.

Minnesota expunges nearly 58,000 misdemeanor cannabis records

May 13
"Minnesotans will see changes to their records immediately and as additional expungements are made in the months and years ahead," BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said.

Minnesota pot growers sue state, seeking to legally sell their homegrown cannabis

May 10
State constitution allows farm and garden products to be sold without licenses, they argue.

Minnesota's first 'cannabakery' will offer cannabis pastries

May 2
The pastries at Chez Annalise in Minneapolis are available with and without CBD.

Minnesota hemp businesses feeling burned by Lucky Leaf cannabis expo organizers

May 2
Local entrepreneurs say they were misled by the Texas-based event company about whether they would be allowed to sell their THC and CBD products at the show last week in Minneapolis.
Cannabis
April 20
Former Minn. Governor Jesse Ventura talks to reporters after a meeting with Governor-elect Tim Walz inside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Tu

A 4/20 chat with ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura on his new cannabis brand (and Led Zeppelin)

Jesse Ventura Farms will officially launch Saturday with an event at Hook & Ladder Theater in Minneapolis.
Cannabis
April 19
Andrew “Reeferman” Sumner smokes a cannagar during Hash Bash on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 1, 2023.

Want to celebrate 4/20? Here are 33 weed-themed events across Minnesota.

Wherever you are in the state, chances are there's one near you.
St. Paul
April 16
St. Paul is proposing changes to its zoning code that would allow cannabis retailers, cultivators and product manufacturers with up to 15,000 square f

St. Paul proposal would allow cannabis businesses throughout commercial corridors

Larger businesses would be limited to areas zoned for industrial uses, and retailers could not be within 300 feet of a school.
Politics
April 12
Harold Robinson and Angela Dawson admire their flowering marijuana plants at their home greenhouse in Rutledge last October. Dawson is sounding the al

Minnesota marijuana sales could be delayed or in short supply if planting doesn't start soon

Growers need time to get cannabis planted, harvested, tested and processed — preferably before retailers open.
Eat & Drink
April 10
Heti will soon be available online and locally in shops like Marigold.

Why an award-winning Minnesota restaurateur is getting into the THC beverage business

Dana Thompson, formerly of Owamni, has released Heti, a new line of drinks inspired by nature.
Cannabis
April 4
A Minnesota-based THC beverage company won a national award for its half and half iced tea-lemonade drink this week.

Minnesota cannabis beverage company wins national recognition

Trail Magic's half and half iced tea-lemonade won the award, and its lime margarita won a silver, runner-up award.
Politics
March 12
Young cannabis plants grow in the Otsego facility run by Minnesota Medical Solutions.

Minnesota regulators announce plan to crack down on illegal cannabis sales

The Office of Cannabis Management has received complaints about illegal sales.
Business
March 4
The band-owned Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has started building a 50,000-square-foot cannabis growing facility that is expected to open this fall.

Mille Lacs Band building large cannabis growing facility on tribal land

Early foothold in the marijuana market could make the band a key supplier for Minnesota dispensaries with their expected opening next year.
Politics
February 10
Cannabis flower on display Aug. 1, 2023 at NativeCare in Red Lake, Minn.. The Red Lake Nation opened the state’s first recreational marijuana dispen

Marijuana use has increased in Minnesota. So have poison control calls.

A new state report has provided a snapshot of cannabis use in Minnesota leading up to legalization.
Local
February 5
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014 file photo, employees help customers at the crowded sales counter inside the Medicine Man marijuana retail store, in Denve

Osseo could be the first to open a city-run dispensary next year

As Minnesota prepares for legal weed sales in 2025, Osseo has started looking into what it would take to open a municipal dispensary.
Local
February 1
People line up before grand opening Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 at NativeCare in Red Lake, Minn. The Red Lake Nation opened the state's first recreational m

Red Lake Nation Council hands off daily operation of tribal-owned dispensary

The Red Lake Nation Council's move follows a theft allegation that was found to be false.
Politics
January 25
Erin DuPree stepped down a day after she was appointed by Gov. Tim Walz amid reports she sold illegal products and had tax liens.

Background checks botched in Walz's cannabis director hiring, audit says

Minnesota's legislative auditor released its report on the hiring of Erin DuPree as Minnesota's first cannabis director last fall.
Politics
September 20, 2023
Minnesotans can transport certain amounts of marijuana in their vehicles but not consume it there.

Rules of the road: What Minnesotans can and cannot do with marijuana in their vehicles

Possession is allowed. Consumption and open containers are not.
Politics
August 9, 2023
The medicinal chemicals are concentrated in the flowering buds of a cannabis plants. ] GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com Tuesday, May 5, 2015 The

What you need to know about Minnesota's marijuana legalization law

Minnesota is the 23rd state to legalize recreational cannabis. Here's a detailed look at what the new law allows — and what it won't.
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