Cannabis business

See what you need to know to open a cannabis business in Minneapolis. The State plans to start licensing businesses in 2025.


We share information for people who want to start a cannabis business in Minneapolis. Cannabis businesses include:

  • Retailer
  • Cultivator
  • Manufacturer
  • Testing facility
  • Processor

The State of Minnesota has legalized adult-use cannabis. The Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management will license cannabis businesses.

See Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management

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Get a license starting in 2025

See how cannabis business licensing will work.

Understand the requirements

State license

The State of Minnesota’s Office of Cannabis Management will issue licenses for all cannabis-related businesses.

In the coming year, the State will develop:

  • License applications
  • Industry rules

Look for license applications in early 2025.

City registration

  • Businesses licensed by the State will need to register with the City.
  • We will share details on the registration process at a later date.

Next steps


We do not yet have location guidance for cannabis businesses.

  • The State law allows cities to set zoning and related location policies for cannabis businesses.
  • The City of Minneapolis expects to have local policies in place by mid-2024. 
  • We will seek feedback about land use regulations for cannabis businesses from:
    • Residents
    • Business and property owners
    • Other interested people

Financing your business

  • There are no active grants or loan programs for cannabis businesses.
  • The State expects to launch cannabis business loan programs in 2024

Social equity

The State Office of Cannabis Management will have a Social Equity division.

The State law gives preference to applications from social equity applicants.

These include:

  • People convicted of possessing or selling cannabis
  • Service-disabled veterans
  • Current or former members of the National Guard
  • Residents of a neighborhood with high cannabis enforcement
  • Residents of census tracts with high poverty rates

Details will be available sometime in 2024.

See State social equity details

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Cannabis information from the City

We share information about cannabis for people who live in, work in and visit Minneapolis.

Contact us

Small Business Team

Community Planning & Economic Development




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Cannabis Team

City of Minneapolis