Inside the first medical cannabis dispensary in Minneapolis

Midnight July 1, the first medical marijuana dispensary will open to Minnesota patients. Minnesota Medical Solutions is located on 9th Street, between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, in downtown Minneapolis.

Verified patients and their parents or legal guardians will be the only people allowed inside the dispensary. As of Friday, June 26, the number of patients statewide has grown to 64 people. MinnMed's full array of pills, oils and tinctures will be available for sale.

The motto for the first-of-its-kind rollout is "start low, go slow."

"We are not traditional flag-wavers," said MinnMed CEO Kyle Kingsley. "We don't think cannabis is going to treat everybody -- not even close. And there is going to be treatment failures. We are not afraid of saying this isn't the right choice for you."

This is a cash-only business, which raises other security concerns. That's why the building has reinforced glass, cameras inside and out, and 24/7 monitoring.

The dispensary will be open 6 days a week. In the coming months, more locations will open in Rochester, Moorhead and Eden Prairie.


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