Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Cannabis Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Emergency Executive Order 20-26
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Yes, Minnesota's medical cannabis manufacturers and patient centers are exempt from the Governor’s stay at home order and remain open.
The Governor’s Executive Order allows for patient enrollments to be extended starting March 31, 2020, and throughout the peacetime emergency. You do not need to do anything. Your enrollment will automatically be extended until Aug. 1, 2020, or 60 days after the end of the peacetime emergency, whichever date is later.
The Governor’s Executive Order only waives enrollment expirations starting March 31, 2020. You will need to contact your health care practitioner to be recertified and re-enroll.
Your family, friends, personal care attendants or others can act as your temporary caregiver. To add a caregiver, you can log into your Registry account, click edit and then select "add a caregiver." You will need to enter the caregivers name and email address. The system will automatically send your caregiver an enrollment email. You may also remove a caregiver from your account at any time.
During the peacetime emergency, the requirement to have your health care practitioner approve your need for a caregiver has been waived. You can add a temporary caregiver to your own account at any time.
No. Starting March 31, 2020, and throughout the peacetime emergency, emergency temporary caregivers are not required to pass a background check prior to approval.
You will need to log into your Registry account. Click the edit button, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "add a caregiver" link. You will need to add the name and email address of your caregiver. The system will automatically send an email to your caregiver with an enrollment link.
After you add an emergency temporary caregiver to your account, your caregiver will receive an email with an enrollment link. They will click on the link to begin the enrollment process. They will need to upload a picture of their current government issued photo ID to their account. The Office of Medical Cannabis will send the caregiver an email once they are approved.
The requirement for a caregiver to renew their background check every two years is waived during the peacetime emergency starting on March 31, 2020. They will not be required to renew their background check until after the emergency is over.
If you want your caregiver to continue to support you after the Emergency Executive Order expires, we recommend that you consider starting the process with your emergency caregiver now to become a regular caregiver. While there is no specific timeline on when the Emergency Executive Order will expire, the status of your emergency caregiver will end immediately after the Emergency Executive Order ends. It is important for you and your emergency caregiver to take steps now if you want them to stay with the program.
To get started, contact your health care practitioner to get approved for having a caregiver. If your health care practitioner determines that you need a caregiver, they will check the caregiver box on your Registry account. Your caregiver will need a background check and can start the background check process right away. Follow the instructions on the Designated Caregiver Background Check Informed Consent form (PDF).
Once the Office of Medical Cannabis receives your practitioner’s caregiver acknowledgment and an approved caregiver background check, your caregiver’s status will no longer be considered temporary.
If your enrollment is about to expire, you do not need to do anything; your enrollment time will be automatically extended. If you do decide to have your health care practitioner recertify you at this time, the recertification can be conducted via telemedicine (that is, over the telephone, video conference, or other electronic form of communication). You do not need to see your healthcare practitioner in person during the peacetime emergency.
The requirement to see your health care practitioner in person to be certified for the medical cannabis program is waived during the peacetime emergency. Remote formats such as telemedicine or video conference may be used for your health care practitioner to assess your medical condition and determine whether or not you have one of the qualifying conditions.
Yes. There is no limit as to how many patients an emergency temporary caregiver can serve during the peacetime emergency. Patients are not required to live at the same address.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the "in person" requirement for pharmacy consults. During the peacetime emergency, consultations via telephone or video conference before being dispensed medical cannabis are acceptable.
During the peacetime emergency, the Governor's Executive Order allows for curbside pick-up. You, or your caregiver, will still need to show your government issued photo ID before receiving your medical cannabis. If a consultation is required prior to your medicine being dispensed, the pharmacy consult can be done in advance over the telephone or video conference or a pharmacist can consult with you when you arrive at the cannabis patient center for your curbside pick-up.