Minnesota Medical Marijuana

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Only patients who are legal Minnesota residents and have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions are eligible to receive medical cannabis in Minnesota.

Qualifying Conditions:

  • Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
  • Glaucoma.
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year*
  • Intractable pain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Autism
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Patients can be certified beginning on July 1, 2019:

*To qualify for the program, you must suffer from cancer or a terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if your illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain; nausea or severe vomiting; or Cachexia or severe wasting.

Registration Process: Patients Find out if you have a qualifying condition, how to get certified, how to register, and how to get the medical cannabis.

1. Contact Health Care Practitioner

2. Wait for Health Care Practitioner Certification

3. Register Online

4. Visit Cannabis Patient Center

5. Fill Out Self-Evaluation Form

1. Contact Health Care Practitioner

Start the process by contacting your health care practitioner who has responsibility for your care connected to your qualifying condition.

  • Qualifying Condition for Medical Cannabis
    You must have one of these conditions, and be a Minnesota resident, in order to be certified for medical cannabis.
  • Health Care Practitioners for Medical Cannabis
    Check to be sure that your health care practitioner is able to certify you for the program.
  • Email address
    Give your practitioner an email address appropriate for medical cannabis communications. You may not want to choose an email that others can access or that belongs to your employer. Please fill, sign and bring the Patient E-mail and Acknowledgement Form (PDF) to your health care practitioner.
    • If you do not have an email address, please contact our office and we will provide one for you.
  • Request a Visit Summary, with all your current medications and medical conditions. This will be helpful for the pharmacist at the cannabis patient center.
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2. Wait for Health Care Practitioner Certification

As soon as your practitioner has certified that you have a qualifying condition, you will receive an email (using the address you gave your provider) from the Office of Medical Cannabis. You may need to check your spam/junk folder.

The email will contain the link you need in order to register online and an important information sheet you should review before completing registration. Your certification will lasts 90 days.

3. Register Online

  • In order to register, you will need:
    • Link in the email from the Office of Medical Cannabis.
    • Your name, address and phone number.
    • Government-issued ID: state of Minnesota ID or driver's license (scan or photo from phone).
    • Government assistance plan ID: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), Medical Assistance, CHAMPVA, Veteran Affairs, Indian Health Service or Medicaid ID (scan or image file, no larger than 3 MB). Medicare Cards will not be an accepted form.
    • Credit card to pay Annual Registration Fee via USBank website. All fees are non-refundable.
  • You will receive an email when your account has been approved.
  • Enrollments are processed in the order they are received and it could take up to 30 days to be approved.
  • You will need to complete the patient self-evaluation report in your account in the registry.
  • Complete the patient self-evaluation report to expedite your visit to the cannabis patient center.

4. Visit Cannabis Patient Center

Once you receive your approval email, you may then visit a Cannabis Patient Center (CPC). At the CPC, You, your parent, legal guardian or caregiver must visit the cannabis patient center, where a pharmacist will review your account, and recommend specific dosage and type. Payment will be made at that time, to the cannabis patient center.

5. Fill out Patient Self-evaluation Form

Before returning for more medical cannabis, you must login to your registry account and fill out your patient self-evaluation form. NOTE: This form is located on a separate tab in your registry account. This form must be completed before each visit to a Cannabis Patient Center.

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