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Minnesota medical marijuana card

STEP 2 – Set Doctors Appointment

A doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse must first certify your condition.

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse. These are the only health care practitioners authorized to certify your condition.
  • Keep in mind: The OMC does not maintain a list of preferred practitioners. It is your responsibility to meet with a qualified health care practitioner.

STEP 3 – Complete Form

On the Patient Email and Acknowledgement Form you’ll need to:

  • Write in the email address you’d like to use to receive private messages about your health. If you do not already have a non-employer based email address, consider setting up a new personal email account before your appointment.

STEP 4 – Doctors Appointment

  • Bring the Patient Email and Acknowledgement Form with you to your appointment and give it to your health care practitioner.
  • During your visit, ask your practitioner for an appointment summary and a list of the medications that that you are currently on. Bring these documents with you when you go pick up your medical cannabis.

After you meet with your health care practitioner, you’ll receive an email from the OMC that will contain:

  • Confirmation of your qualifying condition by your health care practitioner.
  • Your unique registration link for the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry.

STEP 5 – Register Online

Once you receive your certification via email, you will be ready to register. Before you click on the registration link, gather your:

  • Government-issued ID: state ID, driver’s license or passport
  • If applicable, your government medical assistance plan ID: CHAMPVA, Medicaid or MinnesotaCare, Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Camera or a camera-equipped mobile phone to capture/scan images of your IDs
  • Credit/debit card or check — the program’s payment processor, U.S. Bank, accepts all of the above methods of payment for the annual registration fee
  • When your account has been approved, you’ll be notified by email.

STEP 6 – Go Get Some Meds

Congratulations! You are now officially registered with the program.

  • To purchase medical cannabis, you will need to complete and submit a Patient Self-Evaluation Form. If you are under 18 — or if at your certification appointment, your health care practitioner determined you need a caregiver — the person who is authorized to pick up your medical cannabis on your behalf will also need to fill out this form. To access the form:
  • Log in to your account on the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry.
  • Submit a new Patient Self-Evaluation Form each time you request medical marijuana.

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Minnesota – Complete Guide 2020 – A MedCard enables qualified patients access to medical cannabis.

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Qualifying for a Medical Cannabis Certificate in Minnesota

Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical cannabis program. Receive your MMJ certificate and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

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Get approved and Pay the state registration fee.

On Approval, visit a Cannabis Patient Center and buy your medicine. i

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Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer, associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Intractable Pain
  • 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.
  • Terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than 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
  • Tourette Syndrome

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Frequently Asked Questions

Medical marijuana certificate on its own = $199 at

State application fee = $200, or $50 for those on Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance or who are enrolled onto MinnesotaCare.

Renewal fee = $149

Please note: Minnesota does not have medical marijuana cards – only medical cannabis certificates.

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

  • Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
  • Glaucoma.
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year*
  • Intractable pain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Autism
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Chronic pain (effective Aug. 2020)

*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.

Telemedicine for medical cannabis is legal in Minnesota. Therefore Leafwell’s services are accessible via telehealth in Minnesota.

There are three simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in Minnesota to obtain your medical cannabis certificate:

1. Create a Leafwell account 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 either take or upload a photograph of identification (Leafwell is required by law to verify your identity). 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 Leafwell provider for a video chat (i.e., a virtual doctor’s visit). (You will receive a text message to your cell phone when the provider is ready to see you.) 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 certificate, you’ll be sent a copy of your certificate letter via email. You can then use this letter to submit to the Minnesota state Medical Marijuana Program to apply for your certificate. MN does not have medical cannabis identity cards.

Leafwell requires the following documents for your online visit:

– Photo ID (e.g., driver’s permit/license, state ID, or U.S. passport)
– Proof of address (e.g., utility bill, mortgage, rental lease, bank statement)
– Medical records (e.g. patient history, doctor’s notes, prescription information/history, imaging/scan results)

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate in Minnesota. Caregivers must be 21 years of age.

In Minnesota, you can get a medical marijuana certificate for a minor with parental/guardian consent. Medical marijuana has been proven to be effective for many conditions suffered by children.

The Leafwell providers understand this and frequently work with parents to help them get their children the medical care they need.

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Minnesota can have a caregiver. Only parents, legal guardians, spouses and caregivers may give patients assistance with registration or to pick up medical cannabis.

To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

  1. Speak to a physician at Leafwell, who will certify the patient and state whether they need a caregiver.
  2. Register to the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program, with the patient adding their caregiver’s details to the account.
  3. Caregiver well be sent an email with a link. Follow this link to complete the application.
  4. Caregiver must complete a criminal background check, which must be mailed to the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The background check costs $15.
  5. Once the application and the criminal background check is completed, both the patient and caregiver will be sent an email confirming that the caregiver can purchase, carry and administer medical cannabis to the patient.

Yes, Leafwell can help you renew your MN medical marijuana certificate online. If you’re a returning patient, all your information is stored in our HIPAA-compliant platform, and the process is quick and easy.

If you are not already a Leafwell patient, click here to create an account and complete your renewal.

Minnesota medical marijuana certificates are valid for one year. When you use Leafwell to obtain your certificate, we’ll send you a reminder email one month before your certificate is due to expire to make sure you have plenty of time to submit your renewal application.

In Minnesota, you can possess the following amounts with valid medical marijuana certification:

– 30 day supply of non-smokable preparations only, with the amount determined by the physician. Oils, tinctures, pills or a vaporized delivery method not requiring raw cannabis flower or plant may be used.

If you have a medical cannabis certificate, you can buy cannabis in Minnesota at a licensed dispensary or use a licensed delivery service.

Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. However, as Minnesota does not have a medical marijuana identification card system, it is difficult to see how reciprocity will be possible with the exception of states like Hawaii and Illinois, where medical marijuana patients from other states can apply and provide an identification number. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:

– Alaska ^
– Arkansas *
– California ^
– Colorado ^
– Hawaii *
– Maine
– Massachusetts
– Michigan
– Nevada
– Oklahoma *
– Oregon ^
– Rhode Island
– Washington ^
– Washington D.C.

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

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

Yes, registration to the Minnesota Department of Health medical marijuana program is mandatory for those who wish to use medical cannabis. However, the database is not accessible to the public.

Here is an overview of the medical marijuana laws in Minnesota:

2014 – SF 2470 is approved and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton. State penalties for those using or possessing cannabis are removed.

2016 – Intractable pain is added to the list of conditions medical marijuana may be recommended for.

Yes, we do. All of the doctors who work with Leafwell are licensed physicians within Minnesota and experienced medical marijuana doctors.

We’re committed to working with physicians who understand the value of medical cannabis and can help people interested in trying medical marijuana and providing medical support and guidance.

No, you cannot cultivate marijuana in Minnesota even if you have a valid MMJ certificate.

CBD may act as an anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotectant for those with HD.

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