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Rulemaking Overview


The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is seeking input as it begins its work to draft rules for the new cannabis industry in Minnesota. This is an important step to create a safe, accessible, and reliable cannabis industry for Minnesotans 21 and older who choose to consume.

As part of the first phase of rulemaking engagement, OCM will gather input through surveys on a variety of topics as the agency begins drafting rules to ensure the rulemaking process is accessible to the widest possible range of community members, advocates, and partners who want to help shape how the rules are drafted.

We want to hear from you!

Our second survey is available now! This survey covers testing, environmental controls, and pesticides and fertilizers. Deadline to provide input is Dec. 14.

Watch for more opportunities to provide input through these surveys: 

  • Available Dec. 15-28: Retail business operations; retail sanitary standards (facilities and handling); expedited complaint process for local governments
  • Available Dec. 29-Jan. 12, 2024: Packaging and labeling; integrated cannabis tracking, inventory, and verification system
  • Available Jan. 13-Jan. 26, 2024: Licensing; social equity considerations 

Areas addressed through rulemaking

  • Licensing – license types, forms, procedures, required disclosures, felony disqualifications, limits on licenses held
  • Social equity considerations
  • Manufacturing and retail (facilities and operations)
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Testing (laboratory approval, sampling, protocols, and standards)
  • Expedited complaint process (for local governments)
  • Integrated cannabis tracking, inventory, and verification system 
  • Environmental controls (odor limits, water use, energy use, solid waste disposal)
  • Use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Others

Ways to get involved

OCM will offer other opportunities to be involved in the rulemaking process through in-person and virtual meetings. Those will be announced in the coming months.

You can also sign up for rulemaking email alerts.  

Once rules are formally proposed, people interested in providing feedback will be able to submit formal comment. That process is expected to take place in the fall of 2024. Watch for updates about this on the OCM website. Input surveys are separate from the formal commenting process.

Questions about rulemaking?

Please email

Aug. 16 Information Session

Watch a recording of the Aug. 16 information session.