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Rulemaking Overview


The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is seeking input as it begins its work to draft rules for the new cannabis industry in Minnesota. This is an important step to create a safe, accessible, and reliable cannabis industry for Minnesotans 21 and older who choose to consume.

As part of the first phase of engagement, OCM will gather input on a variety of topics as it begins drafting rules 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.

The Minnesota Legislature granted OCM the authority to use the expedited rulemaking process that is outlined in state statute. While this process allows OCM to complete rulemaking with some flexibilities that would otherwise not be available, the rules may not be approved and in force until 2025.

We want to hear from you!

Complete this survey and give your input on cannabis cultivation, processing, and manufacturing. The first topic areas reflect the necessary industry components to help ensure that the state can meet supply and demand once the market opens. 

Helpful input includes comments and suggestions related to the future regulation of cannabis businesses in Minnesota.

Watch for more surveys like this in the future that will give you additional opportunities to provide input on other rulemaking topics.  

  • NOTE: The initial survey will be available through Nov. 30.

Areas addressed through rulemaking

  • Licensing – license types, forms, procedures, required disclosures, felony disqualifications, limits on licenses held
  • Social equity considerations
  • Manufacturing and retail (facilities and operations)
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Testing (laboratory approval, sampling, protocols, and standards)
  • Expedited complaint process (for local governments)
  • Integrated cannabis tracking, inventory, and verification system 
  • Environmental controls (odor limits, water use, energy use, solid waste disposal)
  • Use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Others

Ways to get involved

OCM will offer other opportunities to be involved in the rulemaking process through in-person and virtual meetings. Those will be announced in the coming months.

You can also sign up for rulemaking email alerts.  

Once rules are formally proposed, people interested in providing feedback will be able to submit formal comment. That process is expected to take place in the fall of 2024. Watch for updates about this on the OCM website. Input surveys are separate from the formal commenting process.

Questions about rulemaking?

Please email

Aug. 16 Information Session

Watch a recording of the Aug. 16 information session.