Minnesota officials are already asking sellers to help build a licensing system for recreational marijuana businesses — even before the governor officially signs a legalization bill that lawmakers recently sent to his desk.
In a request for proposal (RFP) published Wednesday, the state’s Department of Information Technology Services (MNIT) said it is partnering with the Departments of Health and Agriculture, as well as the yet-to-be-established Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), to find a “vendor to provide the software required to accept license applications and process applications, issue licenses, and allow licensees to manage their Adult Use of Cannabis licenses.”
The RFP also included an estimated license implementation timeline, with officials saying they expect to begin processing license applications in May 2024. Retail sales are expected to begin January 1, 2025.
Gov. Tim Walz (D-) said this over the weekend He will sign the legalization of marijuana into law in a “big” party after Memorial Day next week, but the state isn’t waiting around to set up the infrastructure. Even before this latest notice was posted, a government website was launched to provide information to consumers and businesses about upcoming cannabis policies.
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