Two firms have been granted licenses by the Minnesota Department of Health to grow and distribute medical marijuana in the state.
LeafLine Labs, founded by members of the family that owns Bachman’s Floral Gift & Garden, will have its facility in Cottage Grove. It will open a distribution center in Eagan in July, and others in Hibbing, St. Cloud and St. Paul in 2016.
Minnesota Medical Solutions will manufacture in Otsego (in Wright County, northwest of the Twin Cities), with distribution centers in Rochester, Maple Grove, Minneapolis and Moorhead, all opening in July. State officials said MinnMed is “a physician-led group composed of doctors, pharmacists, scientists, greenhouse operators, building contractors, educators and other supporters.”
State Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger chose the two suppliers, after getting recommendations from a review panel. Ten other companies had applied for a license and paid a $20,000 non-refundable application fee, knowing only two would be chosen.
The state’s medical marijuana law is more restrictive than those in many other states that allow the drug’s use for illness; Minnesota limits use to those with certain cancers, seizure disorders, glaucoma and terminal illnesses.