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MMJ Application Process Kicks Off in Minnesota

Posted on  September 10, 2014 by  News Admin

The Minnesota Department of Health has opened up the application process for the state’s two coveted licenses to manufacture, process and sell medical cannabis. The completed 36-page application must be submitted with a $20,000 application fee and 20 copies of the manufacturer’s comprehensive business plan. Applications are due Oct. 3. The manufacturers will be chosen by December, according to a timeline released by the Department of Health. Health officials also have released a second draft of the regulations manufacturers must operate under. The updated rules include details on packaging, promotions and record-keeping. Under the state’s vertically integrated “seed-to-sale” program, the two licensed manufacturers must each open at least one dispensary by mid-2015 and another three the following year. Entrepreneurs have shown keen interest in securing the licenses, as has been seen in other states rolling out an MMJ program. The state will only allow sales of non-smokable forms of medical cannabis, such as oils and edibles. Manny Munson-Regala, an assistant commissioner for the department, said that additional manufacturers may be allowed in the future. That decision would be made after this initial application process and early roll-out efforts can be assessed.

Mixed Signals in Florida + IL Prepares for Applications & Study on MMJ Delivery

Posted on  September 09, 2014 by  News Admin

Polls show differing levels of support for medical cannabis legalization in Florida, Illinois gears up for MMJ applications and a study examines the impact of marijuana delivery services. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week:   Florida Polls All Over the Board Two polls surfaced this week that attempt to gauge the level of support for Amendment 2, the measure to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. One – conducted by a firm called Gravis Marketing – found that 64% of registered voters surveyed would vote “yes” on the initiative. Cannabis advocates rejoiced, saying the measure appears poised for success just two months out from the election. But not so fast. Shortly after Gravis released its survey data, a separate poll by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service emerged, finding support levels at just 57%. The poll was conducted in collaboration with the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9. The two polls differ in several ways. But they both use language from the text of Amendment 2, so they are similar in a key regard. The result of the Bob Graham Center poll is cause for huge concern, as the MMJ measure needs 60% of the vote to pass. If it’s the more accurate of the two polls, medical marijuana might not become a reality in Florida this November. What’s more, both polls show lower levels of support than one...

Illinois Releases Final MMJ Application Forms

Posted on  September 05, 2014 by  News Admin

Aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs in Illinois now have access to official license application documents. The state’s health department has posted dispensary and cultivation center applications to its website, including instructions, attestation documents for company officers and criminal history and zoning forms. The department previously released draft application information but has since finalized the forms. The application paperwork also includes the description of how the state will score applications. As previously reported in Marijuana Business Daily, the scoring process is extensive. The window to submit all paperwork runs from Sept. 8-22.