Medical Cannabis Information for Public Safety Professionals
As of July 1, 2015, some Minnesotans will be able to legally use medical cannabis to alleviate suffering from certain qualifying conditions.
Identifying medical cannabis
Medical cannabis produced by the two authorized state manufacturers will be identifiable by the required packaging and labeling. This includes the patient’s registry identification number, name, date of birth, address, name and address of medical cannabis manufacturer, the chemical composition of medical cannabis, recommended dosage, directions for use, batch number and date of manufacture.
Leaves, buds or edibles
Raw leaf, flowers and edibles are not allowed under Minnesota law. Legal medical cannabis includes only pills, oil, topical and liquid.
Minnesota cannabis registry
Federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities are prohibited from accessing the patient registry under sections 152.22 to 152.37 except when acting pursuant to a valid search warrant.
Search Warrants for Registry Information
Law enforcement can request information from the medical cannabis registry by filling out the information request form (PDF). Include a valid search warrant and send to the Office of Medical Cannabis at:
Mail-in: Office of Medical Cannabis
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Medical cannabis laws
- Statutes governing the medical cannabis patient registry program are found at Minnesota Statutes §§152.22 – 152.37 (PDF).
- Minnesota Medical Cannabis Rules 4770-Adopted July 2015 (PDF)
Unauthorized Medical Cannabis Possession Report
- Unauthorized Medical Cannabis Possession Report (Interactive PDF)
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- Unauthorized Medical Cannabis Possession Report (PDF)
Firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and licensed peace officers must complete this form to report an instance where an unauthorized individual is found to be in possession of medical cannabis.
Transportation of medical cannabis
- Transportation of Medical Cannabis (PDF)
Part 1100 of chapter 4770 covers transportation from manufacturers to dispensaries.
In addition to specific chain of custody and shipping paperwork that must be with the product at all times, the product must be packaged in tamper-evident containers. Rules also require that the product must be transferred so that it is not visible or recognizable from outside the transporting vehicle. The product must be transferred with a two person crew unless it is going to a third-party testing lab, and the vehicle may never be left unattended while containing product. Crews transporting the product must also document the reason, duration, location and activities performed at all stops between the planned destinations called out in the above paperwork.
Identification/verification of employees during transport
Employees must carry their “employee identification card at all times when transporting or delivering cannabis and, upon request, produce the identification card to a law enforcement officer acting in the course of official duties.”