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Get approved for your Minnesota medical marijuana card in minutes.

  • A medical card can save you money on every marijuana purchase.
  • See a healthcare provider on your schedule.
  • Pay only $149 for your appointment — and get your money back if not approved!

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Apply for Your Minnesota Medical Marijuana Card Online

  1. 1

    Register Online with Leafwell

    Speak with a Leafwell healthcare provider and qualify for a Minnesota medical marijuana certificate online. The online consultation costs $149, and you are only billed if approved.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Minnesota

As an MMJ certificate holder in Minnesota, you are permitted to possess a 90-day supply of cannabis with a specific amount to be determined by your physician.

Note that there are limits to the types of products available in Minnesota for medical patients. Oils, tinctures, pills, pre-rolled joints, smokeable flower, gummies, and chews are legalized for medical use.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Can Minors Get a Medical Card in Minnesota?

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.


Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ certificate but cannot apply themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under 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 18 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.

Minors can designate their parent or legal guardian as their 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.

Caregivers can also be anyone designated to assist a registered patient by a physician. So, it’s possible to have a friend, roommate, caretaker, or nurse serve as a caregiver. However, only spouses or parents/guardians of minor patients are exempt from background checks. Patients can have more than one caregiver if required.

Medical Conditions

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

What You’ll Need to Apply

To apply for the Minnesota medical cannabis program, you must have completed a visit with a state-licensed healthcare practitioner and have them submit a certification that provides proof of your condition and identification documents. Gather the following:

  • Photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
  • Proof of residency, such as a utility bill, bank statement, or state department correspondence.


A consultation with a Minnesota registered practitioner via Leafwell’s HIPAA-compliant online consultation service costs $149. Remember, you will not be charged if you do not qualify for an MMJ certificate.

Each certificate is valid for one year. Every time you renew, you must meet with a state-licensed physician. Leafwell patients will receive a renewal reminder 60 days before their certification expires to avoid any lapses.

There is no additional fee for applications that 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.

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Currently, Minnesota does not accept MMJ cards from other states.

However, some states will accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards in reciprocity. But because Minnesota does not have a medical marijuana identification card system, it is difficult to see how reciprocity will be possible except in states like Hawaii and Illinois, where qualified patients from other states can apply and provide an identification number.

The following states accept 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.

Where to Buy Medical Marijuana in MN

In all states with a regulated medical program, the only way to purchase marijuana products is via a legally-licensed dispensary, pharmacy, or another legally designated space to buy cannabis.

In Minnesota, medical marijuana patients may acquire cannabis at licensed dispensaries, which are available statewide, or Tribal dispensaries. When seeking medical marijuana, it’s a good idea to talk to dispensary staff and ask plenty of questions. These trained professionals can assist you in identifying the best cannabis products for specific health conditions and address any questions or concerns.


Adults 21 and older may grow up to eight plants, with no more than four being mature, in a single residence. The plants must be in a locked, enclosed space out of public view.

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Laws to Know

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.

If you’re ready to apply for your Minnesota MMJ card, schedule an appointment with one of Leafwell’s physicians today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

1-medical marijuana certificate on its own = $149 at Leafwell. Please note that physical medical marijuana cards are not issued in Minnesota.

The state no longer charges an enrollment fee, effective 7/1/23.

You will be billed only if approved! Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.

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?

There are three simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in Minnesota to obtain your Medical Marijuana Card online:

  1. Create a Leafwell account by using a valid email address and choosing a password. You’ll then be asked to complete a brief questionnaire of personal and health information and to upload some ID. You will need a smartphone, computer, or tablet with a reliable internet connection and a working camera to be seen by a Leafwell provider.
  2. Next, you will be taken to the virtual waiting room where you’ll be connected with a Leafwell provider for a video chat. During the video chat, the provider will assess your health situation to determine if you qualify for a medical marijuana certification.
  3. If you are approved for a medical marijuana certification, you’ll be emailed by the Office of Medical Cannabis and invited to complete the state application via the link in the email.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota?

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota. 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 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 email (using the address you gave your doctor) from the Office of Medical Cannabis. You may need to check your spam/junk folder:
    1. Find the email with the subject line, MN Dept. of Health: Patient Enrollment.
    2. Click on the “Medical Cannabis Registry (click here)” link in the email
  2. Create your patient account
    1. Click “Begin Enrollment”
    2. Create a password, and click “Next”
  3. Complete enrollment application
    1. On the next screen, type in your answers in the corresponding fields. If your healthcare practitioner checked the box for a caregiver (during the certification process), this checkmark will automatically appear here. You can add a caregiver at Step 6 if you choose to at that time.
      1. If you do not want to add a caregiver at this time, uncheck this box.
      2. If you are a parent/legal guardian/spouse for an adult patient, you do NOT need to register as a caregiver. Patients can add a parent/legal guardian/spouse at Step 5.
      3. If you do not see this caregiver checkbox and you need a caregiver, contact Leafwell and ask them to check the box.
    2. Check the Acknowledgment box, read the statements in the pop-up screen then select “Agree.” Then click “Next” at the bottom right of the screen to continue.
    3. Clicking on “Please select” will open a drop-down menu; select “Upload a picture of your government-issued photo ID” to upload your identification or “Take a picture of your government-issued photo ID” to take a picture of your photo identification with the camera on your computer.
      1. If the “Take a picture with the camera attached to your device” option is selected, the next screen will require you to click on “Take Picture” to capture the identification with the camera. The picture will then appear. Click “Next” to proceed.
      2. If you selected “Upload a picture of your government-issued photo ID,” locate and upload the image file of your government-issued photo identification.
  4. Add your home address
    1. Type in your home address in the fields; check the box only if your mailing address is the same as your home address, and then click “Next” to continue.
    2. If your mailing address is different, select “Next,” and continue. On the next screen, enter your mailing address in the fields, and select “Next.”
  5. Add parent/ legal guardian/ spouse
    1. Click on “Add a parent/legal guardian/spouse” if you would like to add a parent/legal guardian/spouse or select “Next” if you do not wish to add someone at this time.
      1. If adding a spouse, check the box for spouse, enter their information and attach their photo identification and marriage certificate using the “Upload” button
      2. If adding a parent/legal guardian, enter their information and attach their photo identification and patient’s birth certificate or legal guardianship
      3. Check the Acknowledgement box and select “Agree” after reading the disclaimer. Click “Submit” to continue.
    2. The parent/legal guardian/spouse listed will receive an email notification. To add more than one parent/legal guardian, repeat Step 5.
    3. Select “Next” to continue.
  6. Add caregiver (if prompted)
    1. Skip this step and submit your application if you are not prompted to add a caregiver. This option will only appear if your Leafwell health care practitioner certified you to have a caregiver AND the box for a caregiver on Step 3 was marked.
      1. Click on “Add a caregiver” to add your caregiver.
      2. Enter your caregiver’s information in the fields, and click on “Submit”. The caregiver will receive an enrollment email with instructions to submit their application.
      3. To add another caregiver, repeat Step 6. Otherwise, select “Next” to continue.
  7. Receive email approval
    1. Enrollments are processed in the order received and it could take up to 30 days to be approved.
    2. Once you receive your approval email, you can access your Medical Cannabis Registry account and complete a Patient Self-evaluation form before going to a dispensary.
  8. Complete a Patient Self-Evaluation
    1. To complete or view previous Patient Self-Evaluation forms, select “Patient Self-Evaluation” from the Quick Links section.
    2. On the next screen, select “Start Self-Report” to start a new form.
    3. When you click “Start Self Report,” you will begin filling out a new evaluation for your next medication pick-up.
    4. Click “Add Medical Condition” to enter your medical conditions. Select “Add Medication Usage” to enter your current medications. Click “Next” to proceed.
    5. Complete all required symptom questions as directed. You cannot submit the form and pick up medication until all questions have been completed.
    6. Click on “Add Side Effect” to enter side effects related to taking medical cannabis, if any. Select “Submit” to send it to the Medical Cannabis Dispensary, which will be approved at the time of pick up. A validation message will appear at the top of the screen after submission.
    7. NOTES:
      1. A registered caregiver can complete the Patient Self-Evaluation for you. You must complete a new Patient Self-Evaluation every time you purchase medical cannabis.
      2. The Office of Medical Cannabis does not approve the Patient Self-Evaluation or dispense medical cannabis. Medical Cannabis Dispensary staff will approve your Patient Self-Evaluation prior to or at the time of pick up.
  9. Visit a Medical Cannabis Dispensary to purchase your medical cannabis
    1. Schedule an appointment with the dispensary.
    2. A pharmacist at the Medical Cannabis Dispensary will review your account and recommend medication.
    3. Bring the following to the dispensary:
      1. Your government-issued photo ID (your caregiver must bring theirs when picking up medicine).
      2. A list of your prescribed medications (for initial appointment or if your medications change).
      3. The visit summary from your health care practitioner who certified your condition (for initial appointment).
      4. Payment for your medicine. Payment options vary by location. NOTE: Insurance companies do not cover the cost of medical cannabis.

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.