How to Get a Medical Marijuana Certificate in Minnesota in 2021

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - VP of Operations

Apr 19 2020 - 8 min read

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota? You’ve come to the right place. Except that Minnesota doesn’t actually have a medical card system. All you need is a certificate from a physician. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ certificate. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

Table of contents
  1. Getting a Minnesota Medical Marijuana Certificate Online
  2. Who Can Apply?
  3. What Does an MMJ Certificate Permit in Minnesota?
  4. How do I Apply?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Certificate in Minnesota?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Certificates in Minnesota?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Certificate?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificates?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Minnesota?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificates?
  13. Does Minnesota Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  14. Getting a Medical Marijuana Certificate in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester and Minnetonka
  15. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Minnesota
  16. Current Minnesota Medical Marijuana Laws
  17. Useful Links

Getting a Minnesota Medical Marijuana Certificate Online

It is only possible to renew an existing Minnesota medical marijuana card online. If you already have a card, you can renew with a certificate from a Leafwell physician.

As a telehealth platform helping people easily obtain their medical marijuana cards, Leafwell has helped our clients quickly and securely get a Minnesota Medical Marijuana Certificate online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Minnesota understand the importance of applying for their Minnesota MMJ Certificate via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.

Any Health Care Practitioner who uses Leafwell has to show how they will continue to treat each of these patients and determine, on a yearly basis, if they continue to suffer from the qualifying medical condition. We therefore provide follow-up appointments to help our patients and see how well they are responding to treatment.

If you are not already a Leafwell patient, click here to create an account and complete your renewal.

Winona, Minnesota

Who Can Apply?

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate in Minnesota, you must be a legal resident of Minnesota.

Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf.

Caregivers must be 21 years or older. A Leafwell doctor can certify that the patient needs a caregiver during the telemedicine consultation. Then patients just need to add their caregiver’s details to their account when they apply to the state. The caregiver will then need to complete a separate application form and complete a criminal background check (which costs $15) before the application is granted.

Registration to the Minnesota Department of Health’s medical marijuana program is mandatory but this is not a public database and your details are not visible to the general public.

What Does an MMJ Certificate Permit in Minnesota?

As an MMJ certificate holder in Minnesota, you are permitted to possess:

  • 30 day supply of non-smokable preparations only, with the amount determined by the physician.

Note that there are limits to the products available in Minnesota for medical patients. Oils, tinctures, pills or a vaporized delivery method not requiring raw cannabis flower or plant may be used.

How do I Apply?

We recommend you watch this video which Leafwell created in partnership with Green Goods to give you an understanding of the process first:

With Leafwell, you can get your Minnesota Medical Marijuana Certificate in 5 simple steps:

1. Log into Leafwell

You can speak to a doctor and renew your Minnesota medical marijuana certificate online. The cost of the online consultation is $149. You are only billed if approved.

2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Certificate

The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.

3. Receive an email from the state program

Our doctor will submit your certification on your behalf. If accepted, the state will email you within 3 business days and invite you to complete your profile.

4. Complete the Application on the government website

The application process is all online and you’ll be emailed when you are approved. You can find more information here. The state fee is $200 or $50 for low income or people on disability

5. Completed the Patient Self-Evaluation form

Once registered, you will need to complete and submit a Patient Self-Evaluation form to purchase medical cannabis before you visit a Cannabis Patient Centre

What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details. If you have medical records, you can upload these too although they are not legally required in Minnesota These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Minnesota registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification, submit it on your behalf to the Minnesota government.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will not be charged for the consultation.

Once obtained, the certification will last for one year.

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Certificate Cost in Minnesota?

The renewal consultation with one of the Minnesota registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee of $149. Remember, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Certificate and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

It costs $200 for the MMJ Certificate and application form, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee which must be paid every time you apply. Each certificate is valid for one year. Every time you renew, you will be required to meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your certificate via the state website.

The state offers a $50 discount to users eligible in the following categories:

  • SSDI
  • SSI
  • MinnesotaCare
  • IHS
  • Railroad disability
  • Veteran’s disability

There is no additional fee for applications which include a designated caregiver.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Certificate in Minnesota because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Certificate in Minnesota?

According to Minnesota law in 2021, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate in Minnesota:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer, associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Intractable Pain
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasm, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
  • Terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than one year
  • Tourette syndrome

Note that this list is up to date as of August 2021. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Certificate?

In order to apply for your MMJ Certificate in Minnesota, you will need to have completed a visit with a Leafwell physician and have them submit a certification which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of residency

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
  • Voter’s registration
  • State-produced Identification Card
  • Passport

Note that out-of-state ID is not acceptable.

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill
  • Any correspondence with a state department
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

No, we don’t need your medical records. However, if you do have them, we recommend you upload them to our HIPAA secure platform as part of your application. This is because it allows our healthcare providers to provide a more accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Certificate but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

Caregivers must be 21 years of age or older. Caregivers can give assistance with registration or the purchase/pickup of medical cannabis.

Minors can allocate their parent or legal guardian as their caregiver. The parents/guardians must meet with the physician (via telemedicine) ahead of the certification.

A spouse can be a caregiver. The spouse must meet with the physician (via telemedicine) and you’ll be asked to upload a copy of your marriage certificate to the state.

Caregivers can also be anyone who has been designated to assist a registered patient by a physician. So if you have a friend, flatmate, carer or nurse who you want to be your caregiver, this is possible.

Patients can have more than one caregiver if required.

Here is some more information for caregivers in Minnesota.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Minnesota?

No, you cannot cultivate marijuana in Minnesota even if you have a valid MMJ certificate.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Minnesota Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. However, as Minnesota does not have a medical marijuana identification card system, it is difficult to see how reciprocity will be possible with the exception of states like Hawaii and Illinois, where medical marijuana patients from other states can apply and provide an identification number. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:

  • Alaska ^
  • Arkansas *
  • California ^
  • Colorado ^
  • Hawaii *
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma *
  • Oregon ^
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington ^
  • Washington D.C.

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Certificate in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester and Minnetonka

Across Minnesota, medical marijuana is available, with no particular cities taking steps to restrict or facilitate the availability of the state’s medical marijuana program.

Regardless of where you are in Minnesota, you can get a medical marijuana certificate online with Leafwell, MD. Here are our current state partners:

Leafwell MD Minnetonka

12401 Wayzata Boulevard,

Suite #2405,


MN 55305,


Remember: you don’t have to visit a clinic in-person in order to renew your existing cannabis card in Minnesota – you can do it all online, with Leafwell!

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Minnesota

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Minnesota:

  • 2014 – SF 2470 is approved and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton. State penalties for those using or possessing cannabis are removed.
  • 2016 – Intractable pain is added to the list of conditions medical marijuana may be recommended for.

Current Minnesota Medical Marijuana Laws

Medical marijuana patients in Minnesota cannot smoke cannabis. The products available must be in liquid, pill, vape or topical cream form.

Minnesota has decriminalized marijuana so while recreational use is not legal, most small possession charges lead to fines, not jail.

Medical marijuana cannot be consumed in public

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Certificates in Minnesota, get in touch with the expert team at Leafwell today or use any of these verified resources below:

Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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