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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota in 2020

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Apr 19 2020 - 3 min read

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Steps to getting a medical marijuana card in Minnesota
  3. Minnesota medical marijuana qualifying conditions
  4. How much does a Minnesota MMJ card cost?
  5. How much medical marijuana can a qualifying patient possess in Minnesota?
  6. Can a medical marijuana patient grow their own cannabis in Minnesota?
  7. Does Minnesota have medical cannabis reciprocity with other states?
  8. What identification do I need to apply for a Minnesota MMJ card?
  9. Will insurance cover my Minnesota cannabis recommendation?

Introduction

Telehealth/telemedicine is available in Minnesota. In the past, a relationship would first be established between patient and physician in-person in order to qualify for medical marijuana. However, the COVID-19 crisis has changed this, and it is now possible to speak to a physician online in Minnesota. Here’s more details about speaking to a physician. You can visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card for more general information.

Winona, Minnesota

Steps to getting a medical marijuana card in Minnesota

1. Go here: https://leafwell.co/medical-card/minnesota/

2. Book an appointment with a certified physician.

3. Attend your appointment – the doctor submits the details into Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Registry.

https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/cannabis/registry.html

4. Recommendation is generated.

5. The document is then printed off and signed, and a digital copy is emailed by the doctor to the patient.

6. Get qualified for medical cannabis and visit a dispensary. A hard copy of your recommendation is not needed.

You must be aged 18 years old or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card for yourself. Minors need a registered Caregiver. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.

It takes between 14 and 30 days to get a physical copy of your Minnesota medical cannabis card.

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Minnesota medical marijuana qualifying conditions

  • Cancer, associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than one year.
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Nausea or severe vomiting
  • Cachexia/severe wasting
  • Intractable pain, effective August 2016.

How much does a Minnesota MMJ card cost?

$200 annually. For those on Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance or who are enrolled onto MinnesotaCare, the fee is $50. This does not include the cost of a physician’s appointment.

How much medical marijuana can a qualifying patient possess in Minnesota?

A qualifying patient may possess up to a 30-day supply of cannabis, the amount to be determined by the physician.

Can a medical marijuana patient grow their own cannabis in Minnesota?

No, it is not legal for a medical marijuana patient to grow cannabis in Minnesota, even if they are qualified.

Does Minnesota have medical cannabis reciprocity with other states?

No. For the moment, Minnesota does not accept or recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards. You may be able to use your Minnesota medical card in states like Nevada, however.

What identification do I need to apply for a Minnesota MMJ card?

Valid ID. Driver’s licence, passport or state-produced ID card – patients do not have to be residents of the state of Minnesota, and out-of-state applications are acceptable.

Proof of address – bank statement, utility bill, correspondence with a state department, mortgage or rental agreement.

Medical records – progress notes, physician’s statement/letter, medical images, medication list.

Patients must register with the Minnesota Department of Health (DoH)

Will insurance cover my Minnesota cannabis recommendation?

No. Cannabis is federally illegal, so medical marijuana recommendations are not covered by insurance in Minnesota or the US.

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Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. New to the cannabis sector, Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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