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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in Minnesota is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps to obtain your medical cannabis card.
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    Register online with Leafwell

    Speak with a Leafwell healthcare provider and qualify for a Minnesota medical marijuana certificate online. The online consultation costs $139, and you are only billed if approved.

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    Discuss Medical Marijuana with Your Doctor

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

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    Get Certified for Medical Marijuana and Complete the State Application

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

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    Complete the Patient Self-Evaluation Form

    Once registered, you will need to complete and submit a patient self-evaluation form to purchase medical cannabis before visiting a medical cannabis dispensary. Minnesota does not issue medical marijuana cards. All you need is a valid certificate and a self-evaluation form after registering.

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What You Need to Know

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    Eligibility / Patient

    To apply for a medical marijuana certificate in Minnesota, you must be a legal resident of Minnesota. Patients must be 18 and diagnosed with a qualifying condition to apply for a medical marijuana card themselves.

    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.

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    Caregiver

    Caregivers must be at least 18 years old and can assist with the registration or the purchase/pickup of medical cannabis. However, if the patient uses raw cannabis medications, their caregiver must be at least 21.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Yes. Minors under 18 can have caregivers apply on their behalf. Caregivers must be at least 21.

    To designate a caregiver during renewal, a Leafwell MMJ doctor can certify that the patient requires a caregiver during the telemedicine consultation. Then, patients add their caregiver’s details to their account when they apply to the state. The caregiver must complete a separate application form and a criminal background check ($15) before the application is granted.

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a Minnesota MMJ card:

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    Medical Records (only required for minor patients)

    Medical records are optional for adults but required for minors.

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    Medical Marijuana Recommendation

    Once approved by Leafwell, you will receive an email from the Office of Medical Cannabis within three business days, including a link to complete the state application on the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program website.

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    Proof of Identity

    You will need a government-issued photo ID, such as a Minnesota driver’s license, state ID card, or passport. If your ID does not show your current address, you will need to provide proof of Minnesota residency.

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    Proof of Minnesota Residency (Optional)

    The following documents are accepted as proof of Minnesota residency: a current residential mortgage, lease, or rental agreement, state tax documents from the previous calendar year, a utility bill issued within the previous 90 days of the application date, a rent or mortgage payment receipt dated fewer than 90 days before the application, proof of stamped state-issued Minnesota driver’s license or state ID, driver’s license application, or renewal ID slip issued within the past 90 days, Social Security disability insurance statement, Supplemental Security income benefits statement, or medical claim or statement of benefits from a private insurance company or governmental agency that is issued fewer than 90 days before application.

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Cost Information

Save more with Leafwell and get your money back if you’re not approved.

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Next Steps After Approval

Congratulations on getting your medical certification with Leafwell! You’re almost there, but there are a few more steps to complete to get your Minnesota medical marijuana card. Let’s dive in!

  • Before You Start: What You’ll Need
    • A valid photo ID
    • Proof of Minnesota residency (if your photo ID does not show your current address)
  • Complete Application:  Complete the state application on the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program website using the link from your email.
  • Receive Approval Email: After you complete the state application, you will receive an approval email within 30 days.
  • Start Shopping:  To purchase cannabis from a licensed medical dispensary, you must complete a patient self-evaluation form in your state account before scheduling an appointment for an initial consultation (IC) with a dispensary pharmacist.
How to Renew Your Card

Need to renew your Minnesota medical marijuana card? Here’s everything you need to know. Please note: You must renew 60 days before your card expires.

  1. Sign in to Leafwell or register as a renewal patient here if you’re new to Leafwell. Then, speak to a Minnesota-licensed physician online.
  2. Get approved and receive an email from the Office of Medical Cannabis within three business days.
  3. Complete the re-enrollment application on the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program website using the link in your email.
  4. Receive an approval email within 30 days. Complete a patient self-evaluation form in your state account to purchase cannabis from a licensed medical dispensary.
Legal Topics
  • Minnesota has legalized recreational use with the passage of HF 100, but medical patients enjoy extra benefits, like 0% taxes on medical cannabis purchases.
  • Products are only available in liquid, pill, vape, flower, or topical cream form, and those outside the scope of these forms are illegal.
  • Medical marijuana also cannot be consumed in public.
Caregivers

Sometimes, patients need help administering their medical cannabis or picking up their medicine from a medical cannabis dispensary. That’s when a caregiver can provide support.

Caregivers can be anyone designated to assist a registered patient by a physician, and patients can have more than one caregiver if required.

Minor patients will require a parent/legal guardian as their designated caregiver. The parents/guardians must meet with the physician before the certification, though they may meet over telemedicine for renewal visits.

A spouse can also be a caregiver and will be asked to upload a copy of their marriage certificate to the state.

Caregiver Requirements

  • At least 18 years old (21 or older to pick up or assist with raw cannabis medications).
  • Must register with Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program.
  • Must complete a background check (unless a parent/guardian or spouse).
  • Caregivers must update their background checks every two years.
  • Currently, there is no limit to the number of caregivers a patient can have. Approved caregivers can pick up cannabis medications for patients at up to six addresses.

Minnesota Caregiver Registration

  • There is no fee for caregivers.
  • Patients can add a caregiver to their account when or after they submit their application. The caregiver will receive an email with a link and information about completing a background check (the background check is not required for a patient’s parent/guardian or spouse).
  • The caregiver will receive an email to set up their own account, which requires their name, address, DOB, phone number, state ID/driver’s license/passport.
  • The caregiver will need to request a criminal background check from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal
  • Apprehension (required every 2 years). Background processing can take up to 30 days.
  • Once approved, the caregiver will receive an email.
Reciprocity

Minnesota does not offer medical marijuana reciprocity to cardholders from other states with medical programs. The following states have either legalized the recreational use of marijuana or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

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

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

FAQs

How much does a Minnesota Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

An online consultation for a Minnesota medical marijuana certificate is $139 and includes a 1-year certification. You’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation.

There are no state registration fees or physical cards in Minnesota. Patients must complete an enrollment application with the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program and once approved, submit Patient Self-Evaluations in their registry portal to purchase medical cannabis.

What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate:

*To qualify for the program, you must suffer from cancer or a terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if your illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain; nausea or severe vomiting; or Cachexia or severe wasting.

What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in Minnesota online?

Applying for a Minnesota medical marijuana certificate is simple with Leafwell. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a Minnesota-licensed healthcare provider online. Consultations cost $139 and you’ll only be charged if approved.
  2. Get approved and receive an enrollment email from the Office of Medical Cannabis within three business days.
  3. Complete the state application on the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program website using the link from your email.
  4. Receive an approval email within 30 days, and then you can legally purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate in Minnesota?
Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Minnesota?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Minnesota can have a caregiver. Caregivers will complete their own application and must be added to the patient’s Medical Cannabis Registry profile.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old (21 or older to pick up or assist with raw cannabis medications).
  • Must register with Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program.
  • Must complete a background check (unless a parent/guardian or spouse). Caregivers must update their background check every two years.
  • At this time, there is no limit to the number of Caregivers a Patient can have. Approved Caregivers can pick up cannabis medications for patients at up to 6 addresses.

To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

  1. Make sure that your patient has added you to their Medical Cannabis Registry profile, which will generate your registration email.
  2. Retrieve email and submit background check request form
    1. Login to your email account and open your email notification with the subject line, MN Dept. of Health: Caregiver Enrollment. To be approved as a caregiver, you must pass a background check and complete your enrollment.To obtain your background check, click on the link in your email to access the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Background Check Request form.Move onto Step 3 if you have already mailed in your completed Background Check Request form along with a $15 check and an envelope addressed to Office of Medical Cannabis. The background check process normally takes two weeks.
    2. If you would like to print this form now, select “File” and then choose “Print.”
    3. Select “Print” on the next screen. On the printout, fill in the answers and sign the request form.Make your $15 check payable to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.Place a stamp on an envelope and address it to:
      Office of Medical Cannabis
      PO Box 64882
      St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
  3. Access your enrollment link and complete your application
    1. Return to your registration email and click on “Medical Cannabis Registry (click here).”
    2. Click on “Create a password” to begin. On the next screen, create a password and store it in a secured area. Your password is case sensitive and must meet the minimum requirements. Click on “Next” to continue as shown by the red arrow below.
    3. On this page, type your information into the corresponding fields and click on “Upload” to attach your government-issued photo identification, such as a state identification or driver’s license.
    4. On the next screen, locate and upload the image file of your government-issued photo identification. Image file type must be JPG, GIF, TIF, or PNG AND smaller than 4 MB. Click on “Open” to continue.
    5. The image selected will now appear in the application. Check the boxes on the bottom left, read the acknowledgement and agreement in the pop-up screen, and then select “Agree.” Click “Submit” to continue.
    6. After you have successfully created your account, the Office of Medical Cannabis will then process the application in the order it was received when your background check arrives.
    7. You will receive an approval email when your application is approved.

State Resources:

How do I apply for the state program in Minnesota?

Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

  • A photo or image of your government-issued photo identification, such as a Minnesota identification/driver’s license or passport. Image file type must be JPG, GIF, TIF, or PNG and smaller than 4 MB.
  • Proof of address if the address on your ID is not listed or is not current.
    • Current residential mortgage, lease, or rental agreement.
    • State tax documents from previous calendar year.
    • Utility bill issued within previous 90 days of date of application.
    • Rent or mortgage payment receipt dated fewer than 90 days before application.
    • Proof of stamped state-issued Minnesota driver’s license or State ID, driver’s license application, or renewal ID slip issued within the past 90 days.
    • Social Security disability insurance statement, Supplemental Security income benefits statement, or medical claim or statement of benefits from a private insurance company or governmental agency that is issued fewer than 90 days before application.
    • Affidavit from a person who will act as a designated caregiver for the patient, or from a person who is engaged in health services or social services, which states he or she knows the patient and believes the patient resides in Minnesota. Please note that an affidavit must be notarized (have a notary certify the signature).

Register in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program:

  1. As soon as your Leafwell practitioner has certified that you have a qualifying condition, you will receive an enrollment email (using the address you gave your doctor) from the Office of Medical Cannabis. You may need to check your spam/junk folder.
  2. Create your patient account and complete the enrollment application. Applications are processed in the order received and it could take up to 30 days to be approved.
  3. Once you receive your approval email, you can access your Medical Cannabis Registry account and complete a Patient Self-evaluation form before scheduling an appointment with a medical cannabis dispensary. Make sure to bring your government-issued photo ID, and if you’re an initial patient, bring a list of your prescribed medications and the visit summary from your certifying healthcare provider.

The state registration guide — with screenshots — can be found here.

The state guide for managing your Medical Cannabis Registry account and submitting self-evaluation reports can be found here.