Minnesota's third recreational use marijuana dispensary to open will be the closest one yet to some of the state's biggest metropolitan areas, like the Twin Cities, Duluth, and St. Cloud.

While it won't be a short drive for interested parties in those areas, it will be closer than the state's other active dispensary businesses.

Since Minnesota legalized recreational marijuana in 2023, the state has been readying the licensing and regulatory infrastructure with the timeline to start seeing the state licensing businesses to serve as early as 2025. In the meantime, Minnesota's tribal governments have been acting more swiftly to get dispensary businesses up and running.

The first two to open are in Northwestern Minnesota, with the Red Lake Nation opening one in Red Lake and the White Earth Nation opening one in Mahnomen last year. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is now readying its own dispensary to open very soon, making for a slightly shorter drive for those in eastern and southern Minnesota looking to purchase.

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Leech Lake News reports that the new dispensary is called Sweetest Grass Dispensary, located in Walker, Minnesota. The new dispensary held a soft opening for tribal members on Monday, June 3, with plans to open to the general public later this week.

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Sweetest Grass will hold its grand opening for the general public on Thursday, June 6, with their doors opening at 10 am. The dispensary is located at 6838 Y Frontage Road NW, which is at the intersection of Highways 371 and 200 near the Cenex station by Northern Lights Casino.

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Like other dispensaries in the state, customers must be 21 or older to enter the facility and purchase products.

Leech Lake Band chairman Faron Jackson commented via Leech Lake News on the opening, saying “We are excited to embark on this new journey with the opening of the Sweetest Grass Dispensary by the Leech Lake Cannabis Company. This venture not only represents a new economic opportunity for our Band but also reinforces our commitment to creating sustainable, community-driven business models that benefit our members and the broader region.”

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The dispensary says they are "dedicated to upholding the highest standards of product quality and customer service." They explain that the facility "will offer a welcoming environment where customers can learn about the benefits of cannabis, receive personalized recommendations, and purchase products that meet their needs".

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