MN Department of Health releases early rules, application for pot producers

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Coleen Danger
The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday released rules governing future medical cannabis manufacturers, stressing that the 40-page document is only a first draft. State officials acknowledge that the rules are pretty vague, but also ask for public feedback.

The security requirements are no joke. Manufacturers will be prohibited from employing anyone with a felony criminal record and must visually record the entrances of their facilities 24-hours a day -- even in the event of a power outage. The vehicles transporting cannabis are not allowed to make stops away from facilities and fueling stations. Their routes must be random.

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In turn, the commissioner of health will be tasked with inspection and notifying law enforcement officials of any suspicious activity in labs. Health care practitioners won't be allowed to sit on the manufacturer's board, or hold any other economic interest in the company.

You can also view on the health department's the 29-page application for potential manufacturers and get a better sense for why some Minnesotans are seeking outside help for putting this thing together.

For instance, wannabe pot producers must provide a business plan with the location for proposed facilities and floor plans, drawn to scale. They must provide protocol for a potential "fungal or pest outbreak." They must keep cultivation 1,000 feet away from a school and provide a full set of classifiable fingerprints prior to starting work.

And so on. There's a lot of information requested in this application -- down to the tools that will be provided to staff -- and even a space in the evaluation criteria for "bonus points." Gold stars will be allotted to folks who go above and beyond the application and provide plans for such things as reducing one's ecological footprint and working with substance abuse programs.

If you're interested (and have a spare $20,000), file a notice of intent by Sept. 19 and be sure to turn in the application by October 3. After presentations and site inspections, the state is supposed to name two finalists on November 17.

Going ahead, the state's 23-member medical cannabis task force will be tasked with evaluating the program. It met for the first time on Thursday, mostly a get-to-know-ya session and Q&A that centered around clarifying doctor-patient relationships and data privacy.

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17 comments
Joe Voegeli
Joe Voegeli

I find this funny because I just got done gawking at the fact there is a small business that assembles assault rifles located in a core residential neighborhood of St Cloud and their address is posted all over the internet.

Kevin Kotewa
Kevin Kotewa

Of course. We have to go and reinvent the wheel, instead of reaching out to states who have already had success with medicinal marijuana laws. Dumb. How much is this gonna cost our state to have the same conclusion as Colorado and other financially strong states? Dumb.

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

This is an excellent example of what can happen when a police state was able to manipulate the democratic process.

Jason A Lee
Jason A Lee

Or just move to a state with sane marijuana legalization

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

I'm not surprised that there are particularly strong restrictions given what they were saying when they were initially choosing between the not so good and even more not so good versions of the law. What is interesting though is that I thought they were so anti state produced product that they would import most of it and the rest would be supplied by a few government mandated producers. Sounds like they expanded on that a little bit? I say, if Bushel Boy can grow tomatoes here all year round in greenhouse, why not this? It could be a cottage industry wedged right in between local tomatoes and local craft beer :P .

Jesse Meyer
Jesse Meyer

How does this compare to manufacture and distribution of prescription opiates?

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

Can't wait until the mass distribution and manufacturing of hemp as a resource also. Seriously, that shit's a goldmine!

Jonathan David
Jonathan David

The routes of vehicles transporting marijuana must be random, according to these requirements. How can they make sure the drivers go in random directions? Hmmm.

Med City Liberal
Med City Liberal

Oh yes.....the consequences. I can't imagine how those people would act after consuming this horrible plant that makes you so happy. Please.....the terror is already beginning. Help me.

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

We obviously need to make sure this horrible plant doesn't get into the wrong hands!!!111!11!1 Think of the consequences!

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