Pending States

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Laws

Minnesota Possession Laws:

  • Possession of 42.5 grams or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $200.*

* A conditional discharge is possible for first time offenders.
* There is a possible drug education course requirement.

  • Possession of 42.5 grams- 10 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • Possession of 10- 50 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.
  • Possession of 50-100 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $500,000.
  • Possession of more than 100 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000,000.
  • Possession of more than 1.4 grams inside one's vehicle (except the trunk) is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 90 days imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.
  1. Section 152.021 of the Minnesota Statutes 
  2. Section 152.022 of the Minnesota Statutes
  3. Section 152.023 of the Minnesota Statutes 
  4. Section 152.024 of the Minnesota Statutes 
  5. Section 152.025 of the Minnesota Statutes 
  6. Section 152.027 of the Minnesota Statutes 

Minnesota Sale or Distribution Laws:

  • The distribution of 42.5 grams or less without remuneration is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $200.*

* There is a possible drug education course requirement.

  • The sale of less than 5 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.
  • The sale of 5-25 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.
  • The sale of 25-50 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $500,000.
  • The sale of more than 50 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000,000.
  • Importing 50 kilograms or more into the state is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 35 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,250,000.
  • Sale to a minor is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.
  • Distribution within a school zone or other specified areas is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $100,000.
  1. Section 152.021 of the Minnesota Statutes
  2. Section 152.022 of the Minnesota Statutes
  3. Section 152.023 of the Minnesota Statutes
  4. Section 152.024 of the Minnesota Statutes
  5. Section 152.025 of the Minnesota Statutes 
  6. Section 152.027 of the Minnesota Statutes

Minnesota Cultivation Laws:

  • Cultivation in Minnesota will be punished based upon the aggregate weight of the plants found. See the "Possession for Personal Use" section for further penalty details.

Minnesota Hash & Concentrates Laws:

  • The Minnesota statute lists Marijuana and Tetrahydrocannabinol separately in Schedule 1 of the Minnesota controlled substances schedule. Tetrahydrocannabinols are defined as any mixture, compound, or preparation that contains the active THC component of the Cannabis plant or its resinous extractives. Case law refers to Hashish as the resinous form of Marijuana and generally holds that Marijuana and Hashish should be treated equally under the law.
  • The punishments enumerated in the statutes are equal for Marijuana and Tetrahydrocannabinols in all but one instance. The only difference is the decreased penalties for the possession of, or distribution without remuneration of, a small amount of plant-form Marijuana. This provision does not include Tetrahydrocannabinols. The statute specifically excludes the "resinous form" of Marijuana from inclusion in the definition.
  • Possession, distribution without remuneration, or sale of less than 5kg of Tetrahydrocannabinols is therefore subject to a term of incarceration not to exceed 5 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000. For any of the above crimes, if a person has previously been convicted of a drug crime, the maximum period of incarceration and the maximum fine both double, and a mandatory minimum of 6 months imprisonment is imposed.
  1. 152.02 of the Minnesota Statutes
  2. 152.01 of the Minnesota Statutes
  3. 152.027 of the Minnesota Statutes
  4. 152.025 of the Minnesota Statutes
  5. Soutor v. State, 342 N.W.2d 175 (Ct. App. Min. 1984)

Minnesota Paraphernalia Laws:

  • Possession of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $300.
  1. Section 152.092 of the Minnesota Statutes