Created: 12/01/2014 10:04 AM WDIO.com
Hibbing will get a medical marijuana dispensary by mid-2016, but there will be no dispensary in Duluth under plans announced Monday by the Minnesota Department of Health.
The state has chosen Minnesota Medical Solutions and LeafLine Labs will grow and cultivate the drug for the state, ending a weeks-long selection process. Both companies are locally led, with LeafLine having connections to the Bachman floral family.
Twelve organizations had applied, each paying a $20,000 nonrefundable fee.
The marijuana will be grown in Cottage Grove and Otsego. The manufacturers will start providing medicine in July.
The marijuana will be converted into pill, liquid or vapor form because the state’s new law bans smoking the plant. Only patients suffering from a handful of serious conditions will qualify.
Plans call for eventual dispensaries in Eagan, Hibbing, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud and St. Paul. The Hibbing dispensary will open by July 1, 2016.
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