Caregivers - Medical Cannabis Program - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Medical Cannabis Information for Parents/Legal Guardians and Caregivers

Parents, legal guardians or other caregivers may give patients assistance with registration or to pickup medical cannabis. These instructions supplement the regular Patient Registration Process.

Parents/Legal Guardians

Only legal parents or guardians qualify for this status.

When a parent or legal guardian and the patient meet with the health practitioner, ask the practitioner to indicate that the patient has a parent or legal guardian.

Once certified, the patient will be able to designate parents or legal guardians. At that point, the parent or legal guardian will receive an email with a registration link, asking for:

  • Name, address & phone number
  • Government-issued ID: state ID, driver's license, or passport (scan or photo from phone).

Parents or legal guardians may be asked for proof of identity when picking up medical cannabis.


The patient may indicate that she or he would like a caregiver(s) assistance with the medical cannabis. If his or her health care practitioner agrees, the health care practioner will check the box in the patient's account allowing for a caregiver.

Once certified, the patient will have the opportunity to enter contact information for the caregiver, including email.

At that point, the caregiver will receive an invitation to set up his or her own account, including:

  • Name, address & phone number
  • Government-issued ID: state ID, driver's license, or passport (scan or photo from phone).
  • Background check application form and fee

Upon completion of the caregiver submitting the online registration via an email link that is sent to them, and mailing the completed background form and payment to the proper address; the caregiver will be notified by email once he or she has passed the background check. At that time he or she will be able to assist the patient in obtaining and dispensing medical cannabis. The caregiver will be asked for proof of identity at the Cannabis Patient Center when picking up their patient’s medical cannabis.

Disposal Methods

Please refer to the document below regarding disposal method options for patients, parents/legal guardians and caregivers.

Patient Self-Evaluation Report

Parents, legal guardians, and caregivers can login to the registry to fill out the self-evaluation report that is required before additional medical cannabis can be dispensed for the patient.


Updated Friday, October 21, 2016 at 03:33PM