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Wanted: Minnesota Medical Marijuana Administrator

Updated: 06/02/2014 6:36 PM
Created: 06/02/2014 6:35 PM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Wanted: Someone to run Minnesota's new medical marijuana program.

The Minnesota Department of Health is looking to hire a chief administrator of a new division, the Office of Medical Cannabis.

The department posted the job ad at the end of last week, the Star Tribune reported. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the medical marijuana program into law last week.

According to the posting on the state of Minnesota's employment website, the administrator will be responsible for developing the program's vision and staffing plan, managing its budget and overseeing private contractors that will grow and distribute cannabis to patients. Other job duties will include communicating with the governor's office and state lawmakers, law enforcement and the media.

The administrator will report not directly to the commissioner of health, but rather an assistant commissioner for strategic initiatives. Pay will be between $73,811 and $105,862 annually, according to the job ad. The state is taking applications through June 20.

Minnesota joins 21 other states where marijuana is a legal medicine. Minnesota patients will be prohibited from possessing plants and smoking marijuana. Instead, the drug will be available in pill, oil and vapor form, with a target of mid-2015. Patients also must consent to have their treatment closely monitored by the state Health Department.

Two manufacturing facilities and eight dispensaries will be permitted statewide.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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