How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

Map of the United States

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.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of Minnesota


Adult Use:
Market Overview:

Medical cannabis in Minnesota was legalized in 2014 through a bill passed by the state legislature. Prior to 2021, Minnesota had one of the most restrictive medical markets, and as of recently, they've allowed the list of products available to patients to be expanded.

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.


  • 21 years of age or older
  • 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain the applicant's national criminal history record information. The bureau shall return the results of the Minnesota and federal criminal history records checks to the commissioner.” Office of the Revisor of Statutes, 2020 Minnesota Statutes, Manufacturer of Medical Cannabis Duties

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