Medical Cannabis Rulemaking - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Medical Cannabis Laws and Rulemaking

The Minnesota Legislature enacted the law that created the Medical Cannabis Program. To fully develop the details for this program, the Legislature authorized the Department of Health (MDH) to adopt rules. So that MDH can implement this law quickly but also do so comprehensively, MDH has authority to use two types of rulemaking procedures. For the initial implementation the Department can do expedited rulemaking. For the longer range administration the Department will use regular formal rulemaking procedures.

Policy Interpretations

Program Rules

Administrative rules for the program can be viewed here: Administrative rules relating to the medical cannabis program (PDF)

Variance request and approval 2017: Variance (PDF)

The department encourages public input and welcomes comment whenever it is making rules. In order to share your thoughts, please send us an email at

Laboratory Testing Rulemaking

MDH is developing rules relating to laboratory testing requirements for medical cannabis. A notice was published in the State Register on September 7, 2016 requesting public comment for this rulemaking process. The Department encourages public input.

Petitions for Adding New Conditions and Delivery Methods

You may petition the Department of Health to add a qualifying medical condition or an approved medical cannabis delivery method/approved form of medical cannabis. The department accepts petitions from June 1 to July 31 each year. Petitions received outside this window will not be considered.



Updated Friday, 12-Feb-2021 16:49:59 CST