Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
The Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program’s website lists the current three operating dispensaries — there are an additional five dispensaries, expected to open in Spring 2016.
The Minnesota Patient Registry fee is $200 annually — for patients on Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance, or enrolled in MinnesotaCare, the fee is $50. The Minnesota Marijuana Registry is mandatory and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.
As legislation changes in Minnesota, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in Minnesota.
The Minnesota medical marijuana program was established on May 29, 2014, when the SF 2470 was approved by the Senate 46-16 and the House 89-40 and was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton, effective May 30, 2014.
SF 2470 removes the state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients possessing the medical recommendation from their physician, stating that he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana. However, the program is very restrictive. Patients are not allowed to smoke cannabis. Instead, they must use oils, pills, creams, vaporizers or patches. These forms of medical cannabis can be extremely expensive for many patients, shutting off their access to the therapeutic benefits of medicinal marijuana in Minnesota.
In August 2016, patients diagnosed with intractable pain were made eligible to qualify for the Minnesota medical marijuana program.
The Commissioner of Health is tasked with registering two in-state manufacturers for the production of all medical cannabis within the state of Minnesota. All manufacturers are legally required to ensure that the medical cannabis distributed contains a maximum of a 20-day supply of the dosage, determined for that patient. There are eight “cannabis patient centers,” or dispensaries, located throughout the state.
Again, SF2470 does not approve smoking for the state of Minnesota, stating 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; and (3) vaporized delivery method that does not require the dried leaves or plant form.
Qualified patients in Minnesota may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.
The State of Minnesota has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Minnesota Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Minnesota state guidelines.
Since the Minnesota medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Minnesota medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Minnesota medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Minnesota medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Minnesota’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Minnesota.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Minnesota’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.