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Medical cannabis in Minnesota was legalized in 2014 through a bill passed by the state Legislature.

In 1976, Minnesota reduced the penalty and decriminalized possession for small amounts of cannabis.

Requirements & Application Process:

Currently, there are no applications or licenses required for working in a medical cannabis facility in Minnesota, but potential workers should be 21 years of age or older and willing to undergo a background check.

Background Check Requirements:

A medical cannabis manufacturer may not employ any person who is under 21 years of age or who has been convicted of a disqualifying felony offense.

An employee of a medical cannabis manufacturer must submit a completed criminal history records check consent form, a full set of classifiable fingerprints, and the required fees for submission to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension before an employee may begin working with the manufacturer. The bureau must conduct a Minnesota criminal history records check and the superintendent is authorized to exchange the fingerprints with the FBI to obtain the applicant's national criminal history record information.

A disqualifying felony offense is defined as a violation of any state or federal controlled substance crime that would be a felony under Minnesota law, whether or not the offense was committed in Minnesota and regardless of the sentence imposed.

However, a manufacturer may employ a person who has been convicted of a disqualifying felony offense if the Commissioner of Health determines the conviction was for the use of or assistance with the use of medical cannabis.

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

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