Minnesota

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program was signed into law in 2014. Minnesota’s program allows patients to possess a 30-day supply of usable marijuana at any given point but forbids the possession of any smokeable preparation of marijuana. Patients in Minnesota are forbidden from cultivating marijuana plants of their own, but the state does allow for the operation of state-licensed dispensaries. Minnesota’s medical marijuana program does not have a reciprocity clause and is therefore only available to in-state residents. Only an estimated 577 patients are enrolled in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program at this time. Patients seeking a medical marijuana card in Minnesota will eventually register with the Minnesota Department of Health. Rather than mailing or submitting an application online, Minnesota patients must first obtain certification of medical marijuana evaluation from their physician. Patients can supply their physician with an email address and, upon the doctor’s recommendation, the physician will supply that contact information to the Department of Health. Patients will then be prompted to register for a medical marijuana card online through the department’s website, free of charge. Minnesota currently offers medical marijuana to patients suffering 1 of 11 possible qualifying ailments:
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia / Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn's disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Intractable pain*
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Terminal illness
  • Tourette's Syndrome
*Intractable pain takes effect as a qualifying ailment in August 2016. For more information about medical marijuana in Minnesota, patients can contact the Minnesota Department of Health by phone.
  • (651) 201-5000