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We all want the same thing. Which is a good thing.

Let’s establish a thriving marijuana industry. Together.

The Minnesota Marijuana Association is the voice of business owners of every sort—representing everyone fairly, statewide, as opportunities emerge. Everyone is entitled to their seat at the table, invited to speak and be treated equally.

As we navigate the emergence of this industry, we’re committed to helping those who will serve Minnesota’s legal marijuana market in agriculture, business ownership, supplies and vendor management, and professional services.

Regulators and policymakers will have lots of questions and challenges.

We’ll respond with lots of answers and ideas.

There’s so much to do.

Safety. Reliability. Fairness. It’s all vital to the success of this new industry—and as the state association for marijuana-related businesses, we’re here for you.

We’ll provide what’s needed to cultivators, growers, producers, manufacturers, suppliers, sellers, vendors and supporting services.

What'll We Provide?


Get the information you need to make informed decisions.


Take advantage of learning opportunities, training, forums and more.


It’s our main reason to exist: to serve as your voice, pushing your interests to regulators and government entities.

Social Equity

Assist us as we assure fairness and equal opportunities for all people in society.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes. MMA generates funding through membership and events to support the association and its members’ needs, and does not generate revenue.
  • If you are involved in the cannabis industry in Minnesota, we think you’ll find great value and success by association. Residency is not a prerequisite.
  • No. We believe membership provides valuable relationships, information sharing and strong connections that encourage mutual industry success. There are many allied support businesses and service providers or industry vendors that work in tandem with licensed businesses such as financial organizations, medical providers, security companies, law firms, contractors and suppliers that will never interact with a cannabis plant or product. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in the association.
  • It can start with educating ourselves with existing cannabis laws and regulations and staying updated with significant changes.
    Join advocacy groups such as MMA, which aims to promote sensible cannabis use, address social issues related to cannabis prohibitions and advocates for policy changes in Minnesota. Attend public hearings, conferences and register yourself to speak up, if public comments are allowed. Write blogs/articles, posts using social media inviting public opinion on such regulations can also be a good take on adding voice on sensible legislation.
  • Medical Cannabis is provided to the patients enrolled in the Cannabis registry, with a qualifying medical condition, in the form of a pill, liquid, edibles, topical formulation. It does not include Adult-use cannabis products or concentrates or hemp-derived consumer products for recreational use.

    Adult-use cannabis is approved for sale by the Cannabis Management Office. For adult use, limits for consuming, purchasing, possessing, importing, smoking, home cultivation is already set by the state as per Sec 9 Subd. 1. These above-listed prohibitions, except smoking, do not apply to patients consuming medical cannabis.
  • The tribal laws will govern most aspects of the cannabis industry on tribal land. The State must negotiate in good faith with the Tribes compacts for regulating adult-use and medical cannabis industries.
    Source: Art. 6, Secs. 1 and 2
  • It will still be months before people will be able to legally purchase cannabis from a dispensary not affiliated with tribal land. The state Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) must develop the application process that will allow groups to apply for the different types of licenses. Additionally, the regulations that will provide the operational requirements not spelled out in the law have yet to be written. Once licenses are awarded for cultivators, manufacturers and dispensaries, the industry will need to complete facility construction and prepare for planting the first plants.
    Section: Sec 27- Subd. 5
  • An individual 21 years of age or older may: use, possess or transport cannabis paraphernalia; possess or transport two ounces or less of adult-use cannabis flower in a public place; possess two pounds or less of adult-use cannabis flower in the individual's private residence; possess or transport eight grams or less of adult-use cannabis concentrate; possess or transport edible cannabis products or lower-potency hemp edibles infused with a combined total of 800 milligrams or less of tetrahydrocannabinol; give for no remuneration to an individual who is at least 21 years of age: (i) two ounces or less of adult-use cannabis flower, (ii) eight grams or less of adult-use cannabis concentrate or (iii) an edible cannabis product or lower-potency hemp edible infused with 800 milligrams or less of tetrahydrocannabinol.
    Source: Section 9 subd.1
  • Pre-rolls, Vapes, Vape carts, Dab Tools, Grinders Finished Food products which contains cannabis or concentrates, edibles such as candy, snacks, etc.
  • The law allows a person to consume cannabis products in their home (including the yard area), on private property that is not generally accessible to the public (unless it is explicitly prohibited by the owner of the property), or at events that are licensed to permit on-site consumption.
    Source: Section 9-Subd. 1(7) Pg. 29-31
  • While the regulations are still being written, the law that has been enacted does appear to allow the delivery of cannabis products to individuals outside of a dispensary.
    Source: Sec 35 subd. 3; Sec 11 b. (9)
  • There is a lot of speculation about what first responders will encounter regarding recreational cannabis use. Based on what has occurred in other states, there will not be any significant changes. In some respects, the fact that people can now obtain cannabis from a dispensary rather than buy it illegally will make it safer to buy. Since all cannabis that is purchased from a dispensary has to be tested for dangerous chemicals, mold, bugs, etc., people will know that it is safe to consume without risking exposure to some hazardous substance. Criminal activity around facilities in other states has not spiked. While there is always a possibility that people may drive under the influence of cannabis, those same risks exist with other drivers who consume alcohol, prescription drugs, etc.
  • For the purpose of Cannabis License Application, Applicant has to submit all the required documents to the office, which includes information such as Details of Applicant, description of business property, security/business plan, registration documents, attestation of Labour peace Agreement, responsible employees, Partnership agreement, proof of any previously/currently owned cannabis business in Minnesota, etc. After this initial step, Cannabis management office along with local unit of government will go through several compliance checks to ensure it complies with all the procedures and zoning ordinances.
    Source: Section 14 Subd. 1
  • After obtaining Cannabis license, a cannabis retailer must have to obtain a local retail registration as well. Here are several

    Government-aided programs:

    CanGrow Program: A program to award grants to eligible organizations, to help farmers navigate the regulatory structure of the legal cannabis industry, and help nonprofit corporations to fund loans to farmers for expansion into the legal cannabis industry.

    CanStartup: A program to award grants to nonprofit corporations to fund loans to new cannabis microbusinesses and to support job creation in communities where long-term residents are eligible to be social equity applicants.
    Source: Article 3 Sec 1, Subd. 1

    CanNavigate: A program to award grants to eligible organizations to help individuals navigate the regulatory structure of the legal cannabis industry.
    Source: Article 3 Sec 2, Subd. 1

    CanTrain: A program to award grants to eligible organizations to train people for work in the legal cannabis industry, and eligible individuals to acquire such training.
    Source: Article 3 Sec 3, Subd. 1

    Some Cannabis educational programs such as Model programs, Youth education, Education for pregnant and breast feeding individuals, Home visiting programs.
    Source: Article 6 Sec 7 and 9
  • Generally, the state government agency websites, such as Minnesota Department of Health, provide the roadmaps for processing the Application and licensing for cannabis business. They may also provide FAQs, Application Forms and guidelines, and contact information for further assistance.

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Who, exactly, is on our team?

We knew you'd ask that exact question.

John Hyduke

Board Chair

Modern Climate

Jack Mitchell

Board Member


Frank Ongaro

Acting Executive Director


Molly Auseth


Modern Climate

Melissa Stopka



Mike Bush

Board Member


Shawn Aronson

Board Member

BKR Brands

David Eagleson

Board Member

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Ashley Piccillo

Board Member

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Marci Knight

Board Member

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John Pacheco

Chair, Social Equity

John Pacheco and Associates

Jason Tarasek

Board Member


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