Medical Cannabis Information for Health Care Practitioners
Information Resources for Health Care Practitioners
Online Continuing Medical Education (CME) Opportunities
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- The Medical Cannabis Institute
Use the customized link above to visit The Medical Cannabis Institute page to earn CME credits for a reduced price.
Registration and Certification Information
- Intractable Pain Certification in the MN Medical Cannabis Program: A Primer for Health Care Practitioners (PDF)
Presents detail on certifying patients for intractable pain and information resources on pain management and the potential for cannabis therapy as part of pain management.
- Health Care Practitioners for Medical Cannabis
Three types of practitioners: doctors, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurse can certify that patients have a qualifying condition for medical cannabis. MDH will not maintain or publish a list of practitioners who are certifying these conditions.
- Serious health effect reporting
- Patient Information (PDF)
Important information and warnings about using medical cannabis.
- Create Account
Enroll in the Medical Cannabis Registry. You will need:
- General information: name, address, email and phone.
- Your medical license.
- Your DEA license.
- General information about the clinic(s) where you practice.
- Log in to Certify a Patient
Once you have created your account, you can log in to the registry and certify a patient.
Patient Annual Recertification and Enrollment
Patients that are enrolled in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program must have their qualifying condition recertified by a Minnesota licensed physician, physician assistant (PA) or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) on an annual basis per MN Stat. 152.27 Subd. 3 (b). Key points for healthcare practitioners to be aware of include:
- A patient currently enrolled in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program does not have to have the current healthcare practitioner recertify them, they are allowed to have another healthcare practitioner registered in the program certify their condition.
- Registered healthcare practitioners can recertify currently active patients in the program up to 90 days before the patient’s enrollment in the program expires. If the healthcare practitioner is attempting to certify an active patient that was originally certified by another registered healthcare practitioner, they will need to search for the patient via the patient lookup on the healthcare practitioners main page in the registry.
- Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: Health Care Practitioner Navigator 1: Your Role & Responsibilities (PDF)
Overview of the role of the health care practitioner.
- Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: Health Care Practitioner Navigator 2: Register Yourself and Certify Patients (PDF)
Overview of how to register yourself and certify patients.
- A Review of Medical Cannabis Studies relating to Chemical Compositions and Dosages for Qualifying Medical Conditions (PDF)
A summary of clinical trials and prospective observational studies in humans, published in peer-reviewed journals, which focus on medical cannabis formulations consistent with Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. This report is updated periodically. Notable additions to the current update include a PTSD section, epilepsy clinical trial, and long-term open-label studies with multiple sclerosis patients.
- Health Care Practitioner Guidance for Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program (PDF) The Health Care Practitioner Guidance for Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program document is an optional item, and is intended to be a helpful guide to clinics who are developing their policies, practices and workflows to participate in the MN Medical Cannabis Program. The document was created in partnership with the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) and focuses on ambulatory care.