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News Release: Rulemaking Engagement

News Release
Oct. 30, 2023

Office of Cannabis Management launches first phase of engagement on rulemaking 

St. Paul, MN: The Office of Cannabis of Management (OCM) announced today that it has launched the first phase of engagement on rulemaking as the agency begins its work to draft rules for the new cannabis industry in Minnesota.

As part of this engagement, a survey [the survey closed on Nov. 30] on the OCM website requests input on cannabis cultivation, processing, and manufacturing.

As the rulemaking process continues, OCM will gather input on a variety of other topics, including medical cannabis and hemp-derived cannabinoid products, to ensure the rulemaking process is accessible to the widest possible range of community members, advocates, and partners who want to help shape how the rules are drafted.

“There is a high level of interest in the new cannabis law, and significant expertise that exists among Minnesotans, and we want to tap into as much of that knowledge as possible from the very start,” said Charlene Briner, interim director of the Office of Cannabis Management. “The first topics of cannabis cultivation, processing, and manufacturing reflect how the Office of Cannabis Management wants to thoughtfully launch a safe, new legal market and help ensure the state has an adequate supply to meet demand once the market opens.” 

In addition to the initial survey, OCM will offer more opportunities to be involved in rulemaking through in-person and virtual meetings. Those will be announced in the coming months. There will also be a formal public comment period once draft rules are proposed. 

“The information gathered from these surveys, along with extensive conversations with stakeholders, advocates and others, will inform how the rules are drafted,” Briner said. “Our goal is to write rules that are clear, informed by the experience of current regulation of medical and edible cannabinoid products, and consistent with industry standards and best practices to ensure safe cannabis products for consumers.” 

Minnesota is the 23rd state in the nation to legalize adult-use cannabis. Minnesota’s adult-use cannabis bill was signed into law in May.


Media contact: Peter Raeker