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Gov. Tim Walz signs cannabis bill allowing for cultivation to start this year

The bill makes several updates to Minnesota's recreational marijuana law

Minnesota will allow some commercial cultivators to start growing marijuana later this year to prepare for the launch of its retail market, and it will award cannabis business licenses through a vetted lottery instead of a merit-based application system that was previously in law.

Gov. Tim Walz signed a cannabis policy bill on Friday that makes several notable changes to the state's year-old recreational marijuana law.

The bill establishes a process for social equity applicants to be preapproved for cannabis business licenses this year while others must wait until 2025 to apply. Social equity applicants include people or family members of individuals who were previously convicted of marijuana offenses, military veterans, residents of high-poverty areas and "emerging farmers" who have provided the majority of labor and management for a small farm for at least three years.


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