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Minnesota Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Minnesota

The State of Minnesota has recently struck a legislative deal that will allow a medical marijuana program to become implemented by the summer of 2015. While the measure itself was approved by very wide margins in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Minnesota is now the country's 22nd state — as well as the third in the Midwest — to allow cannabis to be utilized for medicinal purposes. The state’s piece of approved marijuana legislation makes it the only state to explicitly ban the smoking of cannabis. Additionally, aside from prohibiting patients from having exclusive access to plant material, medical marijuana will only be made available in oil, pill and vapor form. Minnesota lawmakers determined that about eight specific medical conditions would qualify for this type of alternative treatment method. Qualifying conditions include chronic and debilitating conditions such as cancer, glaucoma and AIDS, with a possible ninth condition being added if the Minnesota Health Commissioner acts on a House amendment requesting "intractable pain" be considered.

Please note that in order to become a registered Minnesota medical marijuana patient, patient’s must first possess a document-driven medical condition that has been exclusively outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health. Any other chronic or debilitating medical conditions that may be alleviated by the use of therapeutic cannabis are listed below.

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How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Minnesota

  1. Patients looking to become a medical marijuana patient in the State of Minnesota must possess and be able to readily provide a valid form of Minnesota identification as a legitimate proof of residency. If in the event that a patient does not have a valid form of a Minnesota I.D., there lies the potential for a passport or another form of photo identification to be utilized as a proof of residency. Examples of possible forms of identification may include a bank statement or utility bill.
  2. Patients must be able to obtain legitimate medical records or health documentation that will aid their diagnosis to be recommended alternative medicine. These health records are extremely important and should be transferred over to the recommending doctor's office or to a patient's first ever medical marijuana evaluation. If a patient wishes to learn how to request previous medical records, please check our step-by-step process.
  3. Patients must obtain a written certification from a doctor that is licensed to recommend medical marijuana in the State of Minnesota. It should also be taken into consideration that patients are highly encouraged to establish a long-standing relationship with the physician conducting any evaluations.
  4. In order for a patient to become approved into the state’s medical marijuana program, an application for a Minnesota medical marijuana card must be filled-out and submitted to the appropriate state authority.


Patients in Minnesota that have been diagnosed with the following medical conditions are qualified to utilize recommended medical marijuana as an alternative treatment option under Minnesota’s medical marijuana measure:

Cancer associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting syndrome; Glaucoma; HIV/AIDS; Tourette’s Syndrome; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease; Seizures, including those of which exhibit characteristics of epilepsy; Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those that exhibit characteristics of multiple sclerosis; Crohn’s Disease; any terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than one year, especially if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting syndrome.