US (MN): Governor says indigenous tribes can sell cannabis before license approval

The governor of Minnesota says that tribal government could possibly get a head start selling cannabis for the adult-use market within the state’s borders before private businesses are approved by regulators.

While it’s expected to take more than a year for the state’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) to start licensing conventional cannabis shops under the legalization law he signed last week, Gov. Tim Walz (D) said that Indian tribes in the state could begin operating sooner.

“I have toured the facility up in White Earth. It is a world-class operation,” he told Fox affiliate KMSP-TV, referring to the White Earth Nation band. “They have thought deeply about this.”

Walz signed a bill to legalize cannabis last week, and while possession and home cultivation will become lawful in August, lawmakers have projected that it will take 12-18 months before regulators start issuing recreational cannabis business licenses. It’s not clear how quickly native tribes could start selling cannabis to adult consumers, but the governor is suggesting that they could be first in line to start marketing their products.


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