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Minnesota to name 2 medical marijuana producers Monday

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The state is ready to name two manufacturers for its new medical marijuana program.

Twelve companies applied to grow and cultivate marijuana for the state, but Minnesota's law says just two companies can provide it. The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday it will announce its selections on Monday morning.

The applicants had to submit detailed plans on how they'd grow the plant and convert it into pill, oil or vapor form. They also provided stringent security plans and a $20,000, non-refundable check.

Each manufacturer will eventually operate four dispensaries across the state — one in each of Minnesota's eight Congressional Districts.

Patients are expected to be able to start getting the medicine in July.

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