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How getting a medical marijuana card works for Minnesota residents.

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    Sign Up

    No appointment necessary. Register with Leafwell on any device and consult with a licensed medical marijuana doctor in minutes.

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    Meet Your Provider

    After finishing your application, you’ll be connected with a state-licensed medical professional, typically in 10 minutes or less.

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    Get Your Certification

    Our healthcare practitioner 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 marijuana before visiting a medical cannabis dispensary.

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See a detailed step-by-step explainer on how to apply for your Minnesota medical marijuana certification.

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Benefits of Getting a Medical Marijuana Card

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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.

  1. Book An Appointment with Leafwell
  2. Get Your Medical Marijuana Certification
  3. Complete the State’s Medical Marijuana Enrollment Application
  4. Complete the Patient Self-Evaluation Form
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Our mission of increasing medical marijuana access means offering the highest-quality service at the best price. Here's what you need to know about the costs associated with medical marijuana cards in Minnesota.
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What You Pay with Leafwell

Minnesota medical marijuana program patients save more with Leafwell. Get your money back if not approved.

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Qualifying Medical Conditions

According to Minnesota medical marijuana law, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical cannabis certification:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (must meet DSM-5)
  • Cancer*
  • Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Intractable pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year*
  • Tourette syndrome

*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.

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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. New 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 marijuana. However, if the patient uses raw cannabis medications, Minnesota’s marijuana laws state that 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 a medical marijuana card 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 enrollment 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 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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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: 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 Department of Health’s 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.

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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 a Minnesota medical marijuana card renewal?

The process for renewing your medical card in Minnesota is similar to applying for the first time. You’ll need to talk with a Leafwell provider, discuss your qualifying medical condition, get approved, fill out a re-enrollment application on the Minnesota medical marijuana program website, and complete a patient self-evaluation form. You can read a step-by-step breakdown of renewing on our Minnesota renewal page.

Please note: You must renew 60 days before your med card expires.

Legal Topics

Below, you’ll find important information about medical marijuana laws in the state of Minnesota.

  • Minnesota legalized recreational marijuana with the passage of HF 100, but there are advantages to joining the medical cannabis patient registry.
  • Patients enjoy 0% taxes on medical cannabis purchases.
  • Recreational marijuana is taxed at 10% (plus nearly 7% sales tax).
  • 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, a medical marijuana patient needs help administering their medical marijuana or picking up their medicine from a medical cannabis dispensary. That’s when a caregiver can provide support.

Caregivers can be anyone designated by a physician to assist a registered patient, 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 state registration 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 medical marijuana 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. Other states that will recognize the medical card of Minnesota cannabis patients include:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas *
  • Hawaii *
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan (at the dispensary’s discretion)
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma *
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands *
  • Utah * (up to two 21-day periods in a calendar year)
  • Washington, D.C.

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

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 save 10% on your consultation.

There is no state registration fee 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 marijuana.

What medical conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in Minnesota?

According to Minnesota’s medical marijuana law, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Autism spectrum disorder (must meet DSM-5)
  • Cancer*
  • Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Intractable pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year*

*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?

Leafwell makes applying for a Minnesota medical cannabis certification simple for new patients and renewals. 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 — no physical med card needed.

Although Minnesota legalized recreational marijuana, there are valuable perks — including lower sales tax — for Minnesotans who sign up for the medical cannabis patient registry. Speak to a Leafwell healthcare practitioner today to discuss your medical condition and see if you qualify.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana certificate in Minnesota?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a medical cannabis certification in Minnesota.

Minor patients may apply with consent from a custodial parent or legal guardian.

Caregivers must be 18 years of age (21 or older to pick up or assist with raw cannabis medications).

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 checks 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 the email and submit the 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 the Office of Medical Cannabis. The background check process normally takes two weeks.
    2. If you want 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. The image file type must be JPG, GIF, TIF, or PNG AND be 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 acknowledgment 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.

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. The image file type must be JPG, GIF, TIF, or PNG and be 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 the previous calendar year.
    • Utility bill issued within the previous 90 days of the 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.