Medical Cannabis Information for Patients
UPDATE: On Wednesday, October 16, 2019 MDH issued the following press release: Health officials confirm two more deaths from severe lung injuries associated with vaping
UPDATE: On Friday, October 4, 2019, The FDA strengthened its warning to consumers to stop using Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing vaping products and any vaping products obtained off the street. To see the full statement, please visit the FDA website.
The Minnesota Department of Health has been working with federal and local public health, and health care providers to investigate the reports of vaping-related severe lung injuries. If you believe you might be experiencing lung injury related to vaping, please seek medical attention immediately. Patients experiencing symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should avoid further use of vape products.
Vaping is one of several delivery methods allowed under Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. While the evidence to date connects the lung injuries with use of illegal THC products and not medical cannabis, MDH cannot give complete assurance of the safety of any specific vaping product until investigators determine a cause of the lung injuries. Patients in the medical cannabis program who have concerns about vaping should talk to their provider or pharmacist at Minnesota’s patient cannabis centers about alternatives that may be right for them.
Learn more at Frequently Asked Questions: Lung Injury Investigation.
Register, get locations, and find out what medical cannabis costs.
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 will eventually be available at eight 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