Medical Cannabis Program Updates: What Happens After the Emergency Executive Order Ends - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Medical Cannabis Program Updates

Time-sensitive Information for Patients Who Need to Re-enroll

If your enrollment was extended due to the Governor’s Executive Order and you have not yet re-enrolled in the Medical Cannabis Program, your enrollment expired on Aug. 1, 2021. To start your re-enrollment process, contact your health care practitioner to get recertified for your qualifying medical condition.

See below for answers to frequently asked questions about the re-enrollment process and other related topics.

How to contact us

We are experiencing higher call volumes than usual and are working as quickly as we can to process enrollments and answer your questions. Our Call Center is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach us at 651-201-5598 or 844-879-3381 (toll-free) or email health.cannabis@state.mn.us.

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You must submit a complete re-enrollment application and get it approved by Aug. 1, 2021; otherwise, your account will expire because patients must renew their enrollment once a year. To start your re-enrollment process, contact your health care practitioner to get recertified for your qualifying medical condition.

Once recertified, you will receive an email with a link to your re-enrollment application. You must pay your annual registration fee at that time. After you submit your application, the Office of Medical Cannabis will contact you by email when your application has been approved or if we need additional documentation.

Please note: A certification from your health care practitioner will expire after 90 days if you do not complete enrollment during that time. Office of Medical Cannabis staff may take up to 30 days to process your re-enrollment application. Applications are processed in the order they are received.

No. Extensions on enrollments or certifications are not allowed under state law.

To see who certified you last year, log in to your Registry account and find your certifying practitioner’s information under “Certification Information.” If you need help finding a participating health care practitioner, here are some tips:

  • Ask your medical team or advocacy groups that represent your medical condition.
  • Search on the internet, including the websites for Minnesota’s medical cannabis manufacturers (Green Goods and LeafLine Labs).

The Office of Medical Cannabis cannot share lists of participating health care practitioners, because their information is considered private data.

For any new patient, a health care practitioner is required to conduct an in-person visit for initial certification. They will assess the patient to determine if they have any of the qualifying medical conditions.

To reinstate their enrollment, your caregiver will need a background check and can start that right away. Follow the instructions on the Designated Caregiver Background Check Informed Consent form (PDF). Because of changes in law, patients will no longer need to get approval from their health care practitioner to add a caregiver.

Once the Office of Medical Cannabis receives an approved designated caregiver background check, your caregiver’s enrollment will be extended two years from the date of the background check. Your caregiver can then pick up medical cannabis on your behalf.

Please note: It can take up to one month to process background checks.

No, state law does not allow for extending caregiver enrollments. Designated caregiver background checks are valid for two years. To reinstate your caregiver enrollment, you must pass a background check from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. For detailed instructions, see the Designated Caregiver Background Check Informed Consent Form (PDF).

Because of changes in law, patients and their registered designated caregiver can continue to use teleconsults with a Cannabis Patient Center pharmacist.

Yes. Because of changes in law, patients and registered designated caregivers can continue to use curbside pickup.

  • Patients will no longer be required to get approval from their health care practitioner to add a caregiver; however, caregivers will still be required to complete a background check.
  • A registered designated caregiver may support up to six medical cannabis patients at one time.
  • Registered patients ages 21 and older will have access to smokable medical cannabis, effective in spring 2022.

Dried raw cannabis will be allowed for registered patients who are 21 years or older beginning either on March 1, 2022, or at an earlier date if the testing labs and administrative rules are ready sooner. Check the Medical Cannabis Program web pages for updates.

Updated Tuesday, 07-Sep-2021 16:14:56 CDT