News release: MDH receives 29 letters of intent from parties seeking to become medical cannabis manufacturers

News Release
September 19, 2014

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MDH receives 29 letters of intent from parties seeking to become medical cannabis manufacturers

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that it received 29 letters of intent from parties seeking to become certified medical cannabis manufacturers in the state’s new medical cannabis program.

As the first official step in the manufacturer selection process, MDH directed interested parties to submit letters of intent by September 19. The letters indicate their plans for submitting a full application by the deadline of October 3. After that date, MDH will begin evaluating applications with the goal of selecting by December 1 two applicants to become the state’s official medical cannabis manufacturers. These manufacturers will be responsible for growing the medical cannabis, processing it into pill or liquid form, and distributing the medical cannabis through a network of eight dispensaries (four dispensaries per manufacturer) to be established around the state.

Submitting a letter of intent by today’s deadline does not obligate a party to formally apply. The step is designed to help MDH plan for the application review process. To help ensure a level playing field for all applicants throughout the process, MDH will provide details about applications only as allowed under the state law passed this spring.

For more information about the medical cannabis program, please visit the MDH medical cannabis website at http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/index.html.

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Media inquiries:

Michael Schommer
MDH Communications
651-201-4998