Minnesota Medical Marijuana Laws
Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Medical Cannabis
To use medical marijuana, you must be a resident of Minnesota and register with the state. To begin the process of being approved for Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program, you must first contact your health care provider who has the duty of managing your care related to your qualifying medical condition. Only doctors, Physician Assistants, and Advanced Nurse Practitioners licensed in the state of Minnesota may certify that a patient has a qualifying medical condition for medical marijuana. Qualifying conditions which includes cancer with severe and chronic pain and severe vomiting and cachexia (severe wasting syndrome), Glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Tourette Syndrome, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), seizures, including, but not limited to epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Autism, PTSD ( Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), intractable pain, terminal illness with the expected life expectancy less than one year, inflammatory bowel disease like those related to Crohn’s Disease, persistent and severe muscle spasms such as those related to Multiple Sclerosis and other conditions, and chronic pain. You’ll want to ensure your health care provider is able to certify your condition before beginning the registration process. Medical Marijuana Card Services provides a platform for finding a qualified MMJ doctor near you. You’ll need to provide your MMJ doctor with an email address through which he or she may contact you for medical cannabis communications. It’s suggested you don’t use a work email address or an email that other individuals can access. You will need to provide to your healthcare provider a Patient E-Mail and Acknowledgement Form. You may find this form on the Minnesota Department of Health website. You’ll want to request from your MMJ doctor a Visit Summary with all your current medications and medical conditions, thus allowing the pharmacist at the Cannabis Patient Center to be more helpful regarding your medical marijuana treatment products. Some MMJ doctors provide a telemedicine option, so if interested, please contact your healthcare provider to see if this is a possibility.
Due to COVID-19, telemedicine is allowed in Minnesota. COVID Measures Taken include curbside pickup, extended expiration date certifications, allowing certification by telehealth, and allowing temporary caregivers. If interested in telemedicine, contact your MMJ doctor to determine if this is a possibility.
Patients who possess a physician’s recommendation may legally possess and obtain medical cannabis provided by state licensed dispensaries. Patients under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume herbal forms of cannabis. Inhaling herbal cannabis is not permitted by adults in the presence of a pregnant woman or a child age 14 or under. Dispensaries may not provide cannabis-infused food or drink products with more than 10mg of THC.
Yes. A “caregiver” means a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana and has qualified for and obtained a caregiver identification card issued by the Department of Health. The Department may limit the number of qualifying patients a caregiver may assist at one time and the number of caregivers that a qualifying patient may have at one time.
After your MMJ doctor has certified you have a qualifying medical condition for medical cannabis, you will receive an email from the Office of Medical Cannabis which includes a link to register online and information you will want to review before registering. To register, you will need to provide your name, address, and phone number along with a State of Minnesota ID or driver license which can be scanned or sent from your phone. If on a government assistance plan like supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), to name a few, you will need to provide, a copy of your government assistance plan ID via image file or scanning. Please note Medicaid Cards are not accepted. You will need to submit a registration fee which may be paid via a debit card, credit card or check through the USBank website. An additional fee will be charged for the medical cannabis you need. This fee will need be paid to the cannabis patient centers. After registration, you will receive an email letting you know your account was approved. It can take up to 30 days to be approved. You must also complete a patient self-evaluation report in your account on the Registry to allow an expedited process for you to visit a Cannabis Patient Center to obtain your medical marijuana products. After you receive your approval letter, you may visit a Cannabis Patient Center where a pharmacist will review the information in your account and suggest specific marijuana products and dosage amounts. There are regulations in place for legal guardians and caregivers to assist with the registration process and to pick-up medical marijuana. It’s important to note you must login to your registry account and complete a patient self-evaluation form before each visit to a Cannabis Patient Center. It’s suggested you track your medical marijuana product experiences, so you can decide with medical cannabis products work best for you. This also enables you to discuss your experiences with your pharmacist, so he or she may provide recommendations. National Medical Marijuana Card Services offers you a patient journal where you can chronicle your experiences with different medical marijuana products. Log in and use it!
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Medicinal marijuana and low-THC cannabis are available in Minnesota for qualified patients. Legal medical marijuana products can include marijuana CBD oil, edibles, tinctures, capsules, vape products and flower.
For more information regarding Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program, including steps to take to register, qualifying conditions, and FAQs.Medical Cannabis Registry