The Minnesota Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton in May 2014. As enacted, it was the single most restrictive program in the country. It only allowed treatment for nine very severe conditions and only allowed treatment via oil, liquids or pills.
Since then, restrictions have eased slightly with intractable pain and PTSD being added to the list. In August 2020, age-related macular degeneration and chronic pain will be added to the list. This will make the program much more inclusive.
There are also efforts underway to completely legalize cannabis. Governor Tim Walz is a very strong supporter of legalization, but the Republican state senators killed the most recent legalization attempt on March 8, 2019.
The effort to legalize is still underway with proposals to create a task force to study legalization, and a possible future constitutional amendment ballot question to let voters decide the issue.
Minnesota Department of Health
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St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Yes. You must have one of the following conditions to qualify for the program:
Certification with the state will cost $200. This fee is separate from any evaluation costs with your practitioner. People who are on SSI, SSD, CHAMPVA, Medicaid, MNCare or IHS qualify for a reduced fee of $50 if they can show proof of status.
It can take up to 30 days to process a medical marijuana program application, and all applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Minnesota only allows oil, pills and liquids. Flower and edibles are not allowed.
If you don't have a medical marijuana card in Minnesota, you could face severe criminal penalties. If you're caught with under 42.5 grams, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and a $200 fine. Any more than 42.5 grams, and you face a felony charge, 5 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Yes. You will need to be able to prove that you're a resident of the state to join.
No. In fact, smoking cannabis is still prohibited for patients as well as for adult use. The only usable forms allowed are oil, liquid and pills. And it's advisable only to use cannabis at home.
No. Marijuana does not offer reciprocity to patients from other states.