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Minnesota Officials Seek Marijuana Licensing Contractor To Prepare For Legalization Even Before Governor Signs Reform Bill

Minnesota officials are already soliciting vendors to help build a licensing system for recreational marijuana businesses—even before the governor has officially signed the legalization bill that lawmakers recently sent to his desk.

In a request for proposal (RFP) posted on Wednesday, the state Department of Information Technology Services (MNIT) said that it is partnering with 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, process applications, issue licenses, and allow licensees to manage their licenses related to Adult Use of Cannabis.”

The RFP also included an estimated timeline for licensing implementation, with officials saying that they expect to start processing license applications in May 2024. Retails sales are anticipated to begin January 1, 2025.

Gov. Tim Walz (D) said over the weekend that he will be signing marijuana legalization into law at a “big” ceremony after Memorial Day next week, but the state isn’t waiting around to prepare the infrastructure. Even before this latest notice was posted, a government website launched to provide information to consumers and businesses about the forthcoming cannabis policies.

“Minnesota is becoming the 23rd state in the

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