In the state of Minnesota, a patient who has been diagnosed with any of the qualifying medical conditions is legally protected under the Minnesota Medical Marijuana law, as per the S.F. No. 2470 (PDF). A patient suffering from one of the following life-threatening, debilitating or otherwise severe conditions listed below and who have not responded to traditional medical treatments, might qualify for Medical Marijuana treatment in Minnesot
- AMD (age-related macular degeneration)
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Cancer *
- Crohn’s disease
- Intractable pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms (severe or persistent)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Terminal illness
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Pain (severe or chronic)
* If the underlying condition or treatment produces severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting.
Information about the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program
- To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have a legal guardian or custodial parent registered as their designated ‘Approved Caregiver’.
- The patient must be a resident in the state of Minnesota and provide proof of residency either in the form of a state issued ID card or a State Driver’s License.
* If the patient does not have a valid state issued ID card or Driver’s license, a U.S passport along with a document that serves as a proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill might be accepted.
- The patient must obtain an evaluation from a certified practitioner within the state, and be diagnosed with one or more of the Minnesota medical marijuana conditions listed above. The patient will need to obtain a written certification from a certified practitioner who is a licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana treatment in the state of Minnesota.
- All patients are required to obtain legitimate health documentation or medical records outlining their specific diagnosis. The patient’s existing medical records should be transferred to the recommending certified practitioner prior to their first visit. This is to ensure that the process can proceed without delay.
- If the medical practitioner recommends their patient for Medical Marijuana treatment, the practitioner will register their patient as a Qualifying patient for the Minnesota Department of Health.
- Once your physician has registered you as a qualifying patient, you must submit an application to the Minnesota Department of Health for a Medical Marijuana ID Card in order to be approved for the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program.
* You must pay the application fee of $100
- If the application is approved, the patient will receive an email from the Minnesota Department of Health Services, informing them of the approval. The Medical Marijuana ID Card (Registry ID) will be mailed to the address as listed in the patient application.
Once you have received your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you will be able to purchase approved Medical Marijuana products within the state.
Accessing Medical Marijuana in Minnesota
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary.
Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.
- Only qualified patients or designated caregivers may obtain a limited amount of medical marijuana equal to a 20-day supply or less, and must do so at a designated state-monitored dispensary.
- You must bring your Medical Marijuana ID Card and one more form of photo ID when purchasing medicine from a dispensary.
- Minor Patients must be supervised by their designated caregiver or guardian when purchasing their medicine at a dispensary. Caregivers and Guardians must provide proof of ID when accompanying the Minor Patient.
- Please note: According to Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law, smoking is not a method approved by the senate bill. The Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law states that:
“Medical cannabis” is defined as any species of the genus cannabis plant delivered in the form of (1) liquid, including, but not limited to, oil; (2) pill; (3) vaporized delivery method that does not require the use of dried leaves or plant form.”
For more information, please visit Minnesota Medical Marijuana Authority.