How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Minnesota [2020 Update]
On May 29, 2014, Minnesota legalized medical marijuana when SF 2470 was approved by the Senate 46-16 and the House 89-40. Marijuana for medical use was then signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton. MMJ may be legal in Minnesota, however the state did not adopt policies as liberal in other states such as California, Colorado and Nevada, where patients can smoke weed to treat their medical conditions. SF 2470 did remove the state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana although only allows medical marijuana to be administered in the forms of oils, pills, creams, vaporizers and patches.
If you are a MN resident and are interested in getting a medical marijuana ID card, this comprehensive handbook will give you all the information that you need. A medical ID card is required to get legal medically processed cannabis under Minnesota law from a licensed dispensary, also referred to by the state as Cannabis Patient Centers. This complete guide answers all the questions that have come up to completely answer How To Get A MN Medical Marijuana Card.
Step 1 – Qualify
The Patient May Be Entered Into The Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) Registry If:
They are diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition from a licensed doctor or APRN.
Qualifying Conditions for Legal Medical Marijuana in Minnesota
- Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea
or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
- Tourette’s 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
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
STEP 2 – Set Doctors Appointment
A doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse must first certify your condition.
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse. These are the only health care practitioners authorized to certify your condition.
- Keep in mind: The OMC does not maintain a list of preferred practitioners. It is your responsibility to meet with a qualified health care practitioner.
STEP 3 – Complete Form
- Go to the OMC website and print the Patient Email and Acknowledgement Form (PDF: 94KB/2 pages).
On the Patient Email and Acknowledgement Form you’ll need to:
- Write in the email address you’d like to use to receive private messages about your health. If you do not already have a non-employer based email address, consider setting up a new personal email account before your appointment.
STEP 4 – Doctors Appointment
- Bring the Patient Email and Acknowledgement Form with you to your appointment and give it to your health care practitioner.
- During your visit, ask your practitioner for an appointment summary and a list of the medications that that you are currently on. Bring these documents with you when you go pick up your medical cannabis.
After you meet with your health care practitioner, you’ll receive an email from the OMC that will contain:
- Confirmation of your qualifying condition by your health care practitioner.
- Your unique registration link for the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry.
STEP 5 – Register Online
Once you receive your certification via email, you will be ready to register. Before you click on the registration link, gather your:
- Government-issued ID: state ID, driver’s license or passport
- If applicable, your government medical assistance plan ID: CHAMPVA, Medicaid or MinnesotaCare, Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Camera or a camera-equipped mobile phone to capture/scan images of your IDs
- Credit/debit card or check — the program’s payment processor, U.S. Bank, accepts all of the above methods of payment for the annual registration fee
- When your account has been approved, you’ll be notified by email.
STEP 6 – Go Get Some Meds
Congratulations! You are now officially registered with the program.
- To purchase medical cannabis, you will need to complete and submit a Patient Self-Evaluation Form. If you are under 18 — or if at your certification appointment, your health care practitioner determined you need a caregiver — the person who is authorized to pick up your medical cannabis on your behalf will also need to fill out this form. To access the form:
- Log in to your account on the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry.
- Submit a new Patient Self-Evaluation Form each time you request medical marijuana.
Q&A - Other Important Information about Minnesota Marijuana Cards
How Much Does a Minnesota Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?
- There is an annual registration fee of $200 that will be reduced to $50 if you receive CHAMPVA or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or participate in Medicaid or MinnesotaCare.
How much does a Recommending Marijuana Doctor in Minnesota Cost?
- The Average Cost to visit a certifying Doctor is $250. This service is typically a cash only option. It is not covered by your health care plan.
How often do I have to see my Doctor?
- Your certification is valid for up to one year.
How Long Is a Minnesota Marijuana Card Good?
- 1 year
My Minnesota Medical Marijuana Card has Expired. How to get a it renewed?
- MN Statutes “requires a patient to resubmit a copy of the certification from the patient’s health care practitioner on a yearly basis and shall require that the recertification be dated within 90 days of the submission”.
- Recertification reminders will be sent via email to each enrollee at both 60 and 30 days prior to the patient’s enrollment expiration date. This email serves as a reminder to contact the certifying health care practitioner if the patient would like to become re-certified and continue their enrollment in the medical cannabis program.
- Patients who complete the re-enrollment process prior to their annual enrollment expiration date will be re-approved.
*The patient enrollment fee is due on an annual basis.
- Patients who do not complete the re-enrollment process prior to their annual expiration date will not be able to participate in the program.
- Re-enrollment does not apply to approved caregivers.
Once I have my Minnesota MMJ card, where can I buy marijuana?
- The state publishes a list of licensed Cannabis Patient Centers which can all be found on Minnesota Dispensaries and Doctors, or to quickly find the location of the MN dispensary near you:
What do I need to do if I change my address or other information changes?
- As Soon As Possible Contact: Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis
- PO Box 64882 St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
- (651) 201-5598 Metro
- (844) 879-3381 Non-metro
Where can I find a marijuana doctor near me in MN?
- Fill out the registration form below & one will contact you.
- Minnesota Dispensaries and Doctors
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MN Medical Marijuana FAQ's
Frequently asked questions we receive regarding MN medical marijuana.
Once I have my MN MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?
Can I Smoke Weed Once Qualified?
- No – Other available options under Minnesota Law are vape oils, topicals, tinctures, and capsules.
Can I Take My Medical Marijuana to a Different State?
- No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in Minnesota only. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.
Are THC Infused edibles allowed in Minnesota?
- No, marijuana edibles are prohibited.
Who Can Use Medical Marijuana?
- Minnesota law has several requirements for patients to be eligible to receive low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis.
- A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition as stated above
- A patient must be a Minnesota resident.
- The certifying physician must determine the risks of using low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient.
- A patient must possess a state issued registry ID
I see CBD for sale online in the forms of oils, topicals, tinctures & gummies. CBD products for sale are also in commercials, head shops, pet stores and holistic shops around town. Is this CBD Oil legal in Minnesota?
Hemp CBD oil which is derived from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States. Hemp derived CBD oil is legal, however to obtain Cannabis derived CBD oil, you will need to be entered into the registry.
Will CBD, Hemp, or cannabidiol oil get me high?
What is the difference between CBD & THC?
Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive. THC creates a euphoric effect due to the way it connects to the bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. Cannabidiol, or CBD reacts differently and is used with patients that require or prefer non euphoric care.
Is CBD for Pets really a thing?
Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments. The efficacy and safety of CBD for dogs, cats, and other pets have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like these products.
Where can I get CBD for pets?
You can find CBD for pets online, at some pet stores, and at holistic shops.
I recently saw a news article that recreational weed in Minnesota was legal, Is This True?
No. Recreational Marijuana Is NOT LEGAL in Minnesota – The Article was Fake News.
How Much Should I consume?
We are not doctors or physicians. You should always consult with a licensed Minnesota medical marijuana doctor or APRN before using medical marijuana in any forms.