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How to Participate as a Health Care Practitioner
Who can certify patients?
- Minnesota-licensed doctor of medicine.
- Minnesota-licensed physician assistant acting within the scope of an authorized practice.
- Minnesota-licensed advanced practice registered nurse who has the primary responsibility for the care and treatment of the qualifying medical condition of a person diagnosed with a qualifying condition.
Practitioner enrollment details
Before you can certify a patient, you must enroll in the Medical Cannabis Registry. That process includes creating a new user account (with a login and password) and completing the Health Care Practitioner Enrollment Form.
When you create your account, you will need your:
- Medical license number (not your NPI)
- DEA number
- Primary clinic address information
To help protect against identity theft and to ensure the integrity of the program, someone from the Office of Medical Cannabis will contact you to verify your identity. You will receive an email notification when your account is approved.
Once your account is approved, you can certify patients.
How to certify your patient
At the initial appointment to certify your patient’s condition (see the approved qualifying conditions):
- Conduct a thorough physical exam.
- Review your patient's medical records, diagnostic tests, and laboratory results to confirm diagnosis.
- Develop an ongoing treatment plan for your patient's qualifying medical condition.
- Ask your patient for their signed Patient Email and Acknowledgement form.
Log in to the Medical Cannabis Registry to complete the certification process. Note: To be eligible to participate in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program, a patient must be a Minnesota resident.
Click the "certify patient" link in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Enter your patient's email address and date of birth. You may need to provide other details depending on the condition being certified.
- Provide your patient a visit summary that includes a list of prescribed medications and medical conditions.
Once you certify your patient, they will receive an email from the Office of Medical Cannabis with instructions on completing their enrollment application.
In certifying that your patient has a qualifying condition, you are also attesting to your availability to manage their medical condition on an ongoing basis.
Patient recertification and re-enrollment details
Patients who are enrolled in the Medical Cannabis Program must have their qualifying condition recertified and complete an application to re-enroll annually.
- Registered patients are allowed to have another participating health care practitioner certify their condition.
- Participating health care practitioners can recertify patients up to 90 days before the patient's enrollment in the program expires.