Minnesota Department of Health releases early rules, application for pot producers


The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday released rules governing future medical cannabis manufacturers, stressing that the 40-page document is only a first draft. State officials acknowledge that the rules are pretty vague, but also ask for public feedback.
The security requirements are no joke. Manufacturers will be prohibited from employing anyone with a felony criminal record and must visually record the entrances of their facilities 24-hours a day — even in the event of a power outage. The vehicles transporting cannabis are not allowed to make stops away from facilities and fueling stations. Their routes must be random.

In turn, the commissioner of health will be tasked with inspection and notifying law enforcement officials of any suspicious activity in labs. Health care practitioners won’t be allowed to sit on the manufacturer’s board, or hold any other economic interest in the company.
You can also view on the health department’s website the 29-page application for potential manufacturers and get a better sense for why some Minnesotans are seeking outside help for putting this thing together.
The Minneapolis City Pages has the full story.