Companies Can Apply to Become Growers in Minnesota Now

By Rebecca McCurry 09/11/2014

On Friday September 5, 2014, Minnesota began taking applications for companies that want to become one of the two certified medical marijuana growers in the state. A company that has already expressed interest in applying is Bachman’s Inc., a Minneapolis-based garden and floral center. However, the owners of the company want to express that their company will have nothing to do with them growing marijuana if it does happen. Bachman’s Inc. has been in business since 1885. The company specializes in indoor and outdoor landscaping and operating six retail floral, gift, and garden centers in Minnesota.

The two companies chosen to become the state’s manufacturers will grow, cultivate, and supply the medicine to patients beginning in July 2015. Any company interested in applying to become one of these two companies will need to present detailed plans that will coincide with Minnesota’s medical marijuana laws, this includes detailing the security plans and the requirements for the delivery routes. There is also a hefty non-refundable $20,000 fee to apply as well. The state hopes to choose the two producers by December.

Minnesota patients must have one of the qualifying medical conditions to be considered for the medical marijuana program. The qualifying conditions include AIDS, ALS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, MS, seizures, Tourette’s, and terminal illnesses that have less than a year of life expectancy. The qualifying patients will not be allowed to smoke the marijuana, and the will only be allowed to access the cannabis if the doctor qualifies them for a doctor-recommended study.

It is expected that there will be approximately anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 people that qualify for the medical marijuana program. The two producers chosen would need to pay startup costs that are estimating in the millions. There were over 200 people to show up to an informal meeting in early August to express interest in producing cannabis for the state, so it is expected that there will be quite a few applicants to choose from when the time comes.

The deadline for applications is October 3, 2014.


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