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Minnesota Targets 2025 for Cannabis Market Launch

As the search for a permanent cannabis director continues, Minnesota stays on course to open retail dispensaries by early 2025.




Minnesota remains on course to open retail cannabis dispensaries by early 2025, according to interim director Charlene Briner. The state, still in search of a permanent cannabis director following Erin DuPree’s resignation, is advancing its preparations under Briner’s guidance, reported the Star Tribune.

Despite the setback in leadership, the Office of Cannabis Management’s work continues unabated. Briner–a veteran in state government–mentioned that if the rule-making process progresses smoothly, Minnesota could start accepting license applications from potential cannabis business owners as early as the final quarter of 2024. This development is a significant step toward the state’s goal of launching its recreational marijuana market.

Briner, under contract through early 2024, emphasized the considerable behind-the-scenes efforts to stay on target for the 2025 launch. She plans to make key administrative hires in the coming weeks, aiming to have a significant portion of the office’s staff in place by spring.

Governor Tim Walz, who initially appointed DuPree, is yet to interview candidates for the permanent director role. However, he has expressed interest in considering national candidates for the position, indicating a comprehensive search for a seasoned regulator. Meanwhile, the state continues its preparations, with about two dozen employees from various agencies assisting in rule-making and operational tasks for the Office of Cannabis Management.



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