Everything You Need to Know to Launch a Cannabis Retail Store in Minnesota

August 17, 2024 | 2:00 pm | Room 2 | Business / Legal

Launching a cannabis retail store in Minnesota involves navigating a complex regulatory landscape, ensuring compliance with state and local laws, and implementing effective business strategies. This presentation provides a comprehensive guide to help aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs successfully establish their retail operations. Attendees will gain insights into the legal requirements, including obtaining the necessary licenses, understanding zoning laws, and meeting safety and security standards. The presentation will also cover crucial business aspects such as selecting an ideal location, developing a solid business plan, and securing financing.

Participants will learn about the importance of community engagement and building positive relationships with local stakeholders. We will discuss effective marketing and branding strategies tailored to the unique cannabis market, emphasizing the significance of consumer education and responsible advertising. Additionally, the presentation will address operational best practices, including inventory management, staff training, and ensuring compliance with product testing and labeling regulations.


Dr. Lucas McCann, CSO & Co-Founder, CannDelta Inc.

Dr. Lucas McCann is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at CannDelta. He provides scientific oversight and business strategy on all projects. Lucas has extensive experience helping clients to set up new businesses in the emerging cannabis industry by helping them with business strategy, science, and navigating regulatory frameworks including license applications. He has helped launch over 300 cannabis businesses as well as in the food, dietary supplements, and pharmaceutical industries. Now CannDelta has grown to include offices in New Jersey, New York, and Toronto to better serve their clients.

An expert in regulations, Lucas has experience in all aspects of these industries, including cannabis-specific expertise in commercial cultivation, manufacturing, analytical testing and cannabis retail. Lucas acquired his regulatory experience and knowledge while working in controlled substances for the Federal government.