Medical Cannabis Information for Patients
Participate in a patient focus group
The Office of Medical Cannabis is looking for medical cannabis patients to participate in focus groups to get feedback on our communications and informational approaches. Your feedback is important to us! We're hosting two focus groups at the end of July (July 28 and 29) and one in early August (date to be determined). All focus groups will be virtual – no need to travel away from home. We hope you can join us. All of your input will be confidential. An incentive will be provided as a thank you for participating (seats are limited).
Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in participating. Deadline is July 23.
Emergency executive order for medical cannabis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
To support Minnesota's medical cannabis patients, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued an emergency executive order on March 31 that gives the Office of Medical Cannabis temporary measures to protect the health and safety of medical cannabis patients, their caregivers, and medical cannabis patient center staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For a patient to receive medical cannabis, the law requires that a licensed health care practitioner certify that the patient has one or more of the qualifying conditions. A health care practitioner is defined as a Minnesota-licensed doctor of medicine, a Minnesota-licensed physician assistant acting within the scope of authorized practice, or a Minnesota-licensed advanced practice registered nurse who has primary responsibility for care and treatment of the patient’s qualifying medical condition.
- Qualifying Conditions
Your health care practitioner must certify that you have one of the qualifying conditions prior to enrolling in the system. You must also be a Minnesota resident.
- Patient Information (PDF)
Please read this document, which has important information and warnings about use of medical cannabis. You should consider this information before enrolling and while you are enrolled in the program. Health care practitioners will exercise special scrutiny and care before recommending medical cannabis to members of certain groups for which there is more robust evidence to suggest potential risks associated with medical cannabis use. These groups include:
- Infants and children.
- Pregnant women.
- Nursing mothers.
- Individuals with a personal or family history of psychosis.
- Registration Process
Find out if you have a qualifying condition, how to get certified, how to register, and how to get your medication.
- Annual Re-Enrollment for Patients
Patients in the MN Medical Cannabis Program must have their qualifying condition(s) re-certified by their MD, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant on an annual basis. Once re-certified, a re-enrollment application must be submitted by the patient and approved by the Office of Medical Cannabis.
*The patient enrollment fee is due on an annual basis.
Medical cannabis is available at nine cannabis patient centers across Minnesota.
- Medical Cannabis Products
Both of the registered manufacturers produce their medical cannabis products in different forms and strengths.
- Medical Cannabis Disposal Methods (PDF)
Disposal method options for patients, parents/legal guardians and caregivers.
All patients with a qualifying condition must pay an annual registration fee in order to be eligible to purchase medical cannabis.
- Clinical Trials
Medical cannabis clinical trials are an alternative to participating in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patient Registry. Find out what medical cannabis clinical trials are operating in Minnesota.
- Medical Cannabis Program: A Guide for Patients
Overview of the program.
- Non-Profit Patient Support Groups by Condition