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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota
The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Minnesota
Cannabis in Minnesota is illegal for recreational use, but permitted for medical use. The Minnesota Medical Marijuana Act creates a patient registry under the Department of Health relating to the therapeutic use of medical cannabis. It authorizes the use of medical cannabis in limited forms for certain qualifying medical conditions and regulates the distribution and manufacture of medical cannabis. It also creates a task force to conduct an impact assessment on medical cannabis therapeutic research and provides for certain criminal and civil protections for parties involved in the registry program. This passed the House 89–40 and the Senate 46–16.
Beginning in spring 2015, Minnesotans with qualified medical conditions began receiving certification from Minnesota-licensed health care practitioners, submitting applications to the MDH and enrolling in a patient registry. In July 2018, they were able to purchase cannabis from distribution facilities set up by medical cannabis manufacturers.
Minnesota allows for 13 qualifying conditions with the possibility for adding more as approved by the health commissioner.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Cachexia, or wasting disease
- Cancer, if the underlying condition or treatment causes severe or chronic pain, nausea, or severe vomiting
- Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
- Intractable pain
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of less than one year if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following:
- Cachexia, or severe wasting disease
- Nausea or severe vomiting
- Severe or chronic pain
To receive medical marijuana, patients must enroll in the Medical Cannabis Registry. A licensed health-care practitioner, such as a physician, physician assistant, or practice registered nurse, must certify that the patient has one or more of the qualifying conditions.
There is a $200 registration fee, although reduced fees are available through state or federal programs. Annual re-certification is required for $50.