Medical Cannabis Information for Patients
What happens after the Emergency Executive Order ends?
As Minnesota begins to safely transition back to a more normal summer, Gov. Tim Walz has started to rescind Executive Orders that, due to the state's progress against COVID-19, will no longer be necessary. These changes will impact Minnesota's Medical Cannabis Program. Medical cannabis patients and their caregivers should plan ahead to renew their registration to avoid any potential interruptions or delay in getting their medical cannabis.
We are in the process of updating information on our website and educational materials to reflect recent program updates. To see what those changes are, visit: Medical Cannabis Program Updates.
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.
- Registration Process
Find out if you have a qualifying condition, how to get certified, how to register, and how to get your medication.
- 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.
- Medical Cannabis Patient Information. What to know before enrolling.
- Important Information and Warnings About Using Medical Cannabis (PDF)
This document 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.
- Annual Re-Enrollment for Patients
Patients in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program must have their qualifying condition(s) re-certified by their MD, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant on an annual basis. Once recertified, 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.
- Cannabis Patient Center Locations
Medical cannabis is available at 13 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