Pending States

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Qualifications

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Minnesota

Currently, the state of Minnesota is still in the process of pending a legislative vote on the issue of medical marijuana. The state of Minnesota has outlined several key factors for the medical marijuana program that would take place within the state, but has not yet been officially enacted.

In the state of Minnesota, there are currently two introduced medical marijuana measures that would certify chronic or debilitating conditions to be therapeutically alleviated by cannabis. One of them was introduced by Senator Scott Dibble, a democrat from the Labor Party, and another by Representative Carly Melin, a democrat also out of the Labor Party. Senator Dibble's received its very first reading and was referred to Health, Human Services and Housing committee on May 2, 2013. The Minnesota legislature adjourned for 2013 session, but bills can be taken up in the calendar year of 2014 because of the two-year session rule. Senator Dibble's measure would have permitted the medical use of marijuana through the specifying of certain limitations. Limitations would have included a registry identification card program and the authorizing of cities to enact zoning regulations that limit use of land for medical marijuana dispensaries.

The other medical marijuana measure, introduced by Representative Carly Melin, received its first reading and was referred to Health and Human Services Policy also on May 2, 2013. Minnesota's legislature adjourned for 2013 session, but as mentioned before, any bill can be taken up in 2014 because of the two-year session rule. Melin's measure was to permit medical marijuana, impose a fee set, authorize any rulemaking, provide criminal and civil penalties, and appropriate money.

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Minnesota

  1. For patients looking to qualify for medical marijuana in the state of Minnesota, you first must be a resident of the state who can provide proof of residency via a valid Minnesota identification card.
  2. Patients must also be readily able to obtain a copy of their medical records, indicating that in their past medical history they have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition that has been outlined by the state of Minnesota. Learn how to request your medical records.
  3. Patients must obtain a form of written documentation from a medical practitioner who is licensed in the state of Minnesota, solidifying that that patients are qualified and will find relief from cannabis. Be sure to bring your medical records with you to your appointment.
  4. You must apply for and receive a medical marijuana card from the state of Minnesota.


The patient must have a seriously debilitating condition; a condition which shall be specified in the patient's health care record and can be easily reviewed by a cannabis-recommending physician within a respective area.

The patient is under a licensed medical practitioner's care for the previously determined serious condition; and in the practitioner's professional opinion, the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the primary or adjunctive treatment with medical use of cannabis for the serious condition.