Firm's arrival in Minnesota stirs fear of clinics-for-hire in getting medical marijuana

A New York company is putting down roots in Minnesota by building up a network of doctors and clinics to put patients in line for medical marijuana — a business model that state officials had hoped to avoid. is coordinating with doctors in Minnesota to set up clinics designed to give patients the sign-off required to register with the state to buy the new medicine. The first clinic, in Bloomington, filed its business registration forms this week. The company's chief operating officer, John Nicolazzo, said three others will get started on Monday, with a dozen total planned.

Nicolazzo told The Associated Press on Thursday the company is merely trying to fill a void in Minnesota, where many doctors, clinics and hospitals are wary of taking part in registering patients for an expected July launch. His company has already done much the same in other states preparing medical marijuana...

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