Medical Cannabis Program Key Dates

May 29, 2014

  • Medical cannabis legislation signed into law.

June 2014

July 10, 2014

  • Members of state's task force on medical cannabis therapeutic research appointed by legislature and Governor.

July 31, 2014

August 1, 2014

  • MDH releases an initial draft of manufacturer rules and the "Request for Applications" for public comment. The "Request for Applications" is the process by which potential manufacturers will apply to be selected for registration by MDH.
  • Deadline for Commissioner of Health to determine whether an adequate supply of federally sourced medical cannabis may be available, thereby removing the need for in-state manufacturing of medical cannabis for 2015.

August 8, 2014

September 5, 2014

  • MDH releases request for applications to become a state-certified medical cannabis manufacturer.
  • Official notice of expedited manufacturer rules released (rules intended to govern manufacturer operations from December 1, 2014, to November 30, 2015). The effective date of the expedited rules will depend on Office of Administrative Hearing review.

September 19, 2014

  • Letter of Intent to Apply due for manufacturers seeking registration.

October 3, 2014

  • Deadline for manufacturer applications.

Early October 2014

  • Official notice of formal rulemaking published (rules intended to cover renewal period, manufacturer operations starting December 1, 2015, patient and provider obligations)
  • Hiring of initial staff for Office of Medical Cannabis completed (Director, Research Director, Operations Supervisor, Policy Analyst and Administrative Assistant).

November 1, 2014

  • Deadline for Commissioner of Health to inform public and medical cannabis task force whether state will be able to register a manufacturer by the December 1, 2014, deadline.

December 1, 2014

  • Commissioner of Health registers two in-state manufacturers for production of medical cannabis products in Minnesota (if Commissioner has not previously determined that federal sourcing is a viable alternative). NOTE: The Commissioner may request one six-month extension of this deadline if it becomes necessary due to difficulties in finding and registering a manufacturer.
  • Deadline for Commissioner of Health to begin reporting to patients on:
    • Existing medical and scientific literature regarding the range of recommended dosages for each qualifying condition.
    • Range of chemical compositions of any plant of the genus cannabis that will likely be medically beneficial for each of the qualifying medical condition.

January 1, 2015

  • Deadline for Commissioner of Health to publish notice of proposed rules in State Register.

January 15, 2015

  • Deadline for the commissioners of state departments impacted by the medical cannabis therapeutic research study to report on the costs incurred by each department.

February 1, 2015

  • Deadline for Commissioner of Health to complete a report on the design and implementation of the registry program.

Late Winter/Early Spring 2015

  • Outreach and education efforts to potential patients and providers initiated (if you want a speaker to address your group about the Medical Cannabis program, please submit your request to [insert link to speaker request form]

March 2015

  • All personnel hired for Office of Medical Cannabis.

Late May/Early June 2015

  • Applications accepted by individuals seeking to be registered patients or designated caregiver.

July 1, 2015

  • Medical cannabis products become available to patients on the state registry. NOTE: There is a provision in the law for one six-month extension of the deadline if a manufacturer indicates it will not be able to provide medical cannabis products by this deadline.

July 1, 2016

  • Deadline for Commissioner of Health to report findings regarding the need for adding intractable pain to the list of qualifying medical conditions.
Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 04:07PM