Minnesota Hires Director to Oversee Its Medical Marijuana Program


Minnesota Hires Director to Oversee Its Medical Marijuana ProgramMinnesota has appointed the director of the newly-established Office of Medical Cannabis. Michelle Larson was appointed by the Minnesota Department of Health to coordinate the program.

Minnesota lawmakers approved limited use of medical marijuana this year, which states that beginning on July 15, patients with medical conditions such as cancer and terminal illnesses, glaucoma and seizure disorders will now access medical marijuana in non-smokable forms such as liquid or pill version, but with a physician prescription. Medical marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law, according to the Star Tribune.

The Office of Medical Cannabis must establish a statewide program that will facilitate production, distribution and regulation of medical marijuana use within one year. Larson recently worked as the deputy director of the Office of Statewide Health Improvement of the Minnesota Department of Health, which oversaw issues such as obesity, nutrition and tobacco.


Larson must screen and select the medical cannabis manufacturers, draft rules governing how dispensaries operate and compile a patient register. Two manufacturers, who will be situated within the state, will process all of Minnesota’s medical marijuana. The drug will then be distributed via eight statewide dispensaries.

Commenting on Larson’s appointment, Minnesota Health Commissioner said she was the right person for the job saying:  “This position requires a skilled administrator, but it also requires someone who can work with people from a range of backgrounds. Michelle brings a strong background in public policy and administration, as well as a history of working with the public health community, law enforcement and security, pharmacists, health care providers and community members. She has the ability to work with people to get things done right.” To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com