Minnesota Medical Marijuana

Updated on May 11, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Medical Cannabis
Phone: 844-879-3381 (toll-free)
WebsiteMinnesota Medical Cannabis Program

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patients must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Patients must be a resident in the state of Minnesota with proof of residency. If you do not have a Minnesota I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
  3. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment — *Learn how to request your medical records
  4. The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition  — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Minnesota
  5. Once the physician has registered a patient with the Minnesota Department of Health as a qualifying patient, the patient must obtain a Minnesota Medical Marijuana card from the state of Minnesota.

Recent Legislation Changes

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.

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

The Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program’s website lists the current eight operating dispensaries.

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.

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.

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

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.

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

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.

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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”.


In December 2016, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was added to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Minnesota. Although patients petitioned the state to add depression, arthritis and other conditions, the Minnesota health commissioner declined to do so. Some PTSD patients who are veterans were concerned they could lose governmental benefits if they went outside of the Veterans Administration to obtain medical cannabis, but they were assured that would not happen.

In November 2017, autism spectrum disorder and obstructive sleep apnea were also added as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in the state of Minnesota.

Go to our Who Qualifies for Marijuana? section for detailed information on the qualifying conditions as well as any restrictions that are in place.

Medical Marijuana Laws

In February 2017, two state legislators introduced legislation that would make recreational use of marijuana legal in Minnesota and tax the plant in a manner similar to alcohol. However, the legislation was not expected to gain much support in the Legislature due to the fact that it is controlled by Republicans. In addition, the governor of the state is against pot legalization.

If you would like to learn more about Minnesota’s medical marijuana laws, we provide detailed information to help you avoid any potential legal entanglements if you are a medical cannabis patient and either live in the state or visit.

Medical Marijuana Card

While the process of obtaining a Medical Marijuana Card is fairly straightforward, it’s very important to note that just because you go to a doctor, that doesn’t automatically mean he or she will recommend medicinal cannabis. Many doctors are hesitant to do so, either because they are not convinced of marijuana’s therapeutic benefits or they are worried about being in conflict with federal law, which still classifies weed as a Schedule I controlled substance.

Read our Minnesota medical marijuana card section to learn more.

Medical Marijuana Facts

Minnesota has joined a number of other states in decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Anyone caught with 42.5 grams (about an ounce and a half) of weed will be given a $200 citation, making the offense somewhat similar to getting a parking ticket. Offenders may also have to attend a drug education program.

However, if you are caught with more than 42.5 grams, that is considered a felony and is punishable by as many as five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Our Medical Marijuana Facts section provides detailed information regarding this extremely important issue.

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