At long last, Minnesota’s recreational cannabis industry is officially budding. In the early morning hours of May 20, 2023, the Minnesota Senate voted to legalize recreational cannabis by passing a final bill which, once signed by Governor Tim Walz, will operate as the legal framework for Minnesota’s brand-new and heavily regulated recreational cannabis industry. Once the bill is signed into law, Minnesota will become the 23rd state to legalize marijuana and will set a new market ablaze for a wide variety of potential participants including consumers, cultivators, retailers, processors, and even event organizers and delivery service providers.
Due to limitations in the bill on fully vertically integrated business structures, some integral participants in the new industry will be the companies specializing in the transportation, shipping, and logistics of cannabis. While this will undoubtedly become a lucrative segment of the industry, it will also come with a swath of potential legal hurdles and pitfalls. Here are five considerations every future cannabis transporter should keep in mind as it sparks up its cannabis shipping strategies.
These five legal considerations represent just a small sampling of the statutes and rules that will govern future cannabis transporters in the State of Minnesota. Ultimately, the potential legal hurdles and issues affecting cannabis transporters will expand once the Office begins accepting licensing applications and the recreational cannabis market opens for business.