To get your medical marijuana card:
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2) Fill out the quick form, and you will be guided from there.
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The program details can be found below.
Shortly after getting certified, you will receive an email from the Minnesota Department of Health's Medical Cannabis Registry. Check your junk or spam folder if you do not see this email in your regular inbox. Read the instructions carefully and click the link in the email to begin your Medical Cannabis Registry enrollment.
After you submit your application, the Office of Medical Cannabis will let you know by email when your enrollment has been approved (processing can take up to 30 days) or if we need additional documentation from you.
Certification from a health care practitioner is good for 90 days. A patient must submit a complete enrollment application and get it approved within this 90-day window; otherwise, their certification will expire.
If your enrollment application gets approved within 90 days of certification, you will be enrolled in the program for one year.
If your certification expires, you must contact your health care practitioner to get recertified. Once you are recertified, you will receive another enrollment email with your application link and have another 90 days to get your enrollment approved.
Each patient, caregiver, parent/legal guardian/spouse, and health care provider must have a different email address for their Registry account. Email addresses cannot be shared by multiple accounts. One parent/legal guardian can share the email address of a patient who is their minor child.
First, you must get recertified by a participating health care practitioner.
After you are recertified, you will receive an enrollment email with your application link. Complete or update your application and pay the annual registration fee.
The Office of Medical Cannabis processes all applications in the order they are received. It can take up to 30 days for review. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email that states your enrollment in the program is extended for another year.
You can re-enroll as early as 90 days before your enrollment expires.
The Office of Medical Cannabis can take up to 30 days to process applications for the program. Requesting status updates takes time away from processing applications. Know that we are working hard to process them as fast as we can.
You will receive an email when your application is approved. All applications are processed in the order they are received.
We will contact you by email or phone if you submitted an incomplete application.
The Office of Medical Cannabis will send you an approval email that contains instructions and links for completing your Patient Self-evaluation and contacting a Medical Cannabis Dispensary so you can make an appointment to pick up your medicine.
Proof of Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income must be dated within the past 90 days and explicitly state that you are “entitled to monthly disability benefits” or that you are receiving Supplemental Security Income. If you have an online account with Social Security Administration, print the letter by going to this Social Security website. Otherwise, call 1-800-772-1213 to request this letter or visit a Social Security Field Office.
Because of changes in law, patients no longer need to get approval from their health care practitioner to add a caregiver; however, a caregiver still needs to complete a background check.
You can add a caregiver to your account (using a different email address from your own). Your caregiver will receive an email with a link and information about completing a background check, which can be started right away.
For details on completing the background check, go to the Designated Caregiver Background Check Informed Consent Form (PDF).
You can add a parent, legal guardian, or spouse to your account when you first enroll or any time after you have been approved. People registered in this category are NOT required to complete a background check.
NOTE: The following documentation is required.
- For parent or legal guardian: Copy of their government-issued photo ID, patient's birth certificate or legal guardianship papers.
- For spouse: Copy of their government-issued photo ID and marriage certificate.
We do not issue medical cannabis cards. Patients who want proof of participating in the program (for instance, to show an employer) can print a verification document.
To access your document, log in to your Registry account. From the patient home page, click on your username (your email address) at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Select "Registry Verification Card," then select "Open" to view and print the verification document. Continue to the next page to print. Either save a copy to your desktop or take a photo of it with your phone's camera.
For a detailed description of the process, see Step 3: Access your registry verification document provided in Managing Your Medical Cannabis Registry Account: A Guide for Medical Cannabis Patients (PDF).
We do not review or approve Patient Self-evaluations. Medical Cannabis Dispensary staff use them to determine which medicine(s) would work best for a patient with your condition(s) and medications.
You must reach out directly to a Medical Cannabis Dispensary by phone or by visiting their website to schedule a pick-up time.
Please follow up with the Medical Cannabis Dispensary where you obtained the medical cannabis to report side effects or adverse events.
Questions to consider before enrolling
The use or possession of cannabis purchased from a source other than the two state-registered manufacturers (Leafline Labs and Vireo Health of Minnesota - also known as Green Goods) is not entitled to the protections of Minnesota's medical cannabis laws. Your use and possession of medical cannabis is only legal in Minnesota if purchased from Leafline Labs or Vireo Health of Minnesota (Green Goods). Purchases from other medical cannabis programs in other states or from other sources are not allowed under Minnesota law.
No. The federal law prohibits crossing state lines with cannabis, even if you are traveling to another state where cannabis is legal. Moreover, the protections Minnesota law offers to Medical Cannabis Program participants do not extend beyond Minnesota's borders. If you are enrolled in the program, you should not take your medical cannabis with you to another state or country.
Cannabis is a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. Federal law prohibits anyone who uses an "unlawful" substance, including medical cannabis, from purchasing a firearm. In 2011, the federal U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Division (ATFE) stated medical cannabis users were not entitled to exercise their right to bear arms because of the federal government's prohibition of cannabis. Citing cannabis' status as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, the agency said: "[T]here are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law."The Minnesota Department of Health does not regulate the possession or purchase of firearms and therefore cannot say how the federal prohibition will be enforced. Specific questions about these federal firearm restrictions should be directed to your attorney or the appropriate law enforcement agency.
CDL drivers are subject to extensive state and federal regulation, including federal Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing. DOT drug and alcohol testing rules apply to every person who operates a commercial motor vehicle in interstate or intrastate commerce. A DOT regulation (49 CFR 383) requires DOT agencies to implement drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees. Medical cannabis, even if legal under state law, is an illegal drug under federal law. The DOT says enrollment in a state medical cannabis program is not a valid medical explanation if a transportation employee tests positive for any prohibited drug. Therefore, federal law prohibits the use of medical cannabis by CDL-covered individuals.
Technical questions about the Registry
To get started, go to Medical Cannabis Registry and click the “Login” button then “Forgot Your Password?”
You will then receive an email with a link to reset your password. Your password must be at least 8 characters long and use at least one number or symbol.
After you enter your new password, you will be notified that the password was successfully reset. You can now log in using your new password.
If you receive an error message, follow these steps: If your email address is already filled in, delete it, and type it back in and enter the new password.
Before contacting the Office of Medical Cannabis, please review the following suggestions. If you are unable to log in to the Registry, try to:
- Use a different computer browser (Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari, etc.) from the one you are using.
- Clear the browser history.
- Log out of the Registry, then shut down and restart your computer.
- Reset your password by clicking on “Forgot Your Password?” on the login page. A password reset link will be sent to the email address on file. You have 24 hours to reset the password.
- Type in your full email address rather than allowing the computer to fill in the email address for you.
Dried raw cannabis will be allowed for registered patients who are 21 years or older beginning either on March 1, 2022, or at an earlier date if the testing labs and administrative rules are ready sooner. Patients and caregivers will not be allowed to grow cannabis at home but must purchase it from a registered manufacturer. Check the Medical Cannabis Program web pages for updates.
Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program allows registered patients to purchase up to a 90-day supply of medicine.
Status of legalized adult use
No, a bill that would have legalized the adult use of cannabis, House File 600 or HF600, passed the Minnesota House of Representatives, but not the Minnesota Senate. It would need to pass both the House and Senate and be signed by the Governor in order to become law. See a summary of legislative changes to medical cannabis laws made in 2021 (PDF)
Information for patients who need to re-enroll
If you are a patient whose enrollment was extended due to the Governor’s Executive Order and you have not yet re-enrolled in the Medical Cannabis Program, your enrollment expired on Aug. 1, 2021. To start your re-enrollment process, contact your health care practitioner to get recertified for your qualifying medical condition.
To learn more, go to 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.
Find out if you have a qualifying condition, how to get certified, how to register, and how to get your medication.
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.
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.
- People 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.
Medical Cannabis Dispensary Locations
Medical cannabis is available at 13 Medical Cannabis Dispensaries across Minnesota.
- Medical Cannabis Products
Both of the registered manufacturers produce their medical cannabis products in different forms and strengths.
All patients with a qualifying medical condition must pay an annual registration fee in order to be eligible to purchase medical cannabis.
Medical Cannabis Program: A Guide for Patients
Overview of the program.
- Non-Profit Patient Support Groups by Condition
Medical Cannabis Information for Parents/Legal Guardians, Spouses, and Caregivers
Parents, legal guardians, spouses and caregivers may give patients assistance with registration or to pickup medical cannabis. These instructions supplement the regular Patient Registration Process.
Only legal parents or guardians qualify for this status. You will be asked to upload a copy of a birth or adoption certificate or other legal guardian documentation.
When a parent or legal guardian and the patient meet with the health practitioner, ask the practitioner to indicate that the patient has a parent or legal guardian.
Once certified, the patient will be able to designate parents or legal guardians. At that point, the parent or legal guardian will receive an email with a registration link, asking for:
- Name, address, and phone number
- Government-issued ID: state of Minnesota ID or driver's license (scan or photo from phone).
Parents or legal guardians may be asked for proof of identity when picking up medical cannabis.
Only the legally married spouse of a patient qualifies for this status. You will be asked to upload a copy of your marriage certificate.
When a spouse and the patient meet with the health care practitioner, ask the practitioner to indicate that the patient has a spouse who they would like to be designated as caregiver.
Once certified, the patient will be able to designate their spouse. At that point, the spouse will receive an email with a registration link, asking for:
- Name, address, and phone number
- Government-issued ID: state of Minnesota ID or driver's license (scan or photo from phone).
A spouse may be asked for proof of identity when picking up medical cannabis.
A registered caregiver is a person designated to assist a registered patient in administering medical cannabis or obtaining medicine from a Medical Cannabis Dispensary. Parents, spouses, and legal guardians of the patient may act as a caregiver but do not have to complete a background check.
When a patient adds a caregiver to their Registry account, the caregiver will receive an email invitation to set up their own account in the Registry. Before being added, the caregiver must provide: name, address, date of birth, phone number, and a government-issued ID: State ID card, Driver's License or Passport.
The caregiver will also need to complete a criminal background check through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Caregiver background checks must be renewed every two years. Active caregivers will be provided renewal notice. The background check consent form can be found at Designated Caregiver Background Check Informed Consent (PDF).
A caregiver applicant must send three things to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete the background check process:
- A completed background check consent form.
- A check for $15, payable to: MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
- An empty envelope addressed to: "Office of Medical Cannabis PO Box 64882 St. Paul, MN 55164-0882" with a postage stamp on it. This envelope will be used by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to send the completed background check results to the Office of Medical Cannabis.
Mail the completed consent form, the $15 check, and the stamped addressed envelope to:
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
1430 Maryland Avenue E
St. Paul, MN 55106
The caregiver will be notified by email once their account has been approved and can assist their patient in obtaining and administering medical cannabis. The caregiver will be asked for proof of identity at the Medical Cannabis Dispensary when picking up their patient's medical cannabis.
Please refer to Medical Cannabis Disposal Methods for information about disposal method options for patients, parents/legal guardians, and caregivers.
Parents, legal guardians, and caregivers can log in to the Registry to complete the Patient Self-evaluation report, which is required before additional medical cannabis can be dispensed for the patient.