Minnesota cannabis businesses hope to plant the seed for home growingPosted by On

A day before the new lounge and ground-floor dispensary at Grounded Gardens was set to open, owner Bridgette Pinder showed off hemp-derived THC products and hemp plants that’ll soon be available for customers.

Starting Tuesday, Minnesotans 21 and older will be allowed to use, possess and grow marijuana. But vendors in the state won’t be able to sell marijuana products until later — when they get approval from the state’s Office of Cannabis Management.

Since Pinder can’t legally sell marijuana plants yet, the hemp plants will stand in as test subjects as she teaches customers how to grow cannabis. 

“So we’re gonna have kind of a little area out in front of our dispensary with some tables and chairs where people can hang out, they can bring their own flower, their own stuff to smoke, because we won’t be able to sell any of that stuff yet,” Pinder said.

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In the meantime, Pinder said she hopes customers will come to her to buy cannabis seeds so they can grow at home. For a little more than $1,000, Pinder offers a package that includes seeds, lights, a grow tent, plant monitoring software and a three-hour class.

And down the road, she hopes to host seed swaps so customers can grow different cannabis varieties.

“People can come in, get their pack of seeds, bring in whatever seeds they have and then people can kind of swap seeds…

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