Medical Marijuana and Cannabis Laws in Minnesota (MN)
- 2014 – Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Act SF 2470
– Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill legalizing marijuana for the treatment of nine severe medical conditions, including cancer, severe epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Tourette’s syndrome, ALS and Crohn’s Disease.
– Registration for the program began on June 1, 2015, with actual distribution of medical marijuana beginning July 1, 2015.
– Minnesota’s medical marijuana act is thought to be one of the more restrictive medical marijuana programs in the US.
– cannabis will only be legally available in liquid, pill or vaporized delivery method that does not require the use of dried leaves or plant form.
Telehealth for Cannabis in Minnesota
Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Minnesota. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Minnesota
- Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
- Tourette Syndrome
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- 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 (PTSD)
- 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.
Medical Marijuana for Minors in Minnesota
You must be aged 18 or over in order to get a medical marijuana card for yourself in Minnesota. Those aged under 18 will need a caregiver in order to get a medical marijuana card. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over, and the caregiver must complete a criminal background check, which must be mailed to the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The background check costs $15. Address to: “Office of Medical Cannabis PO Box 64882 St. Paul, MN 55164-0882” with a postage stamp on it. This envelope will be used by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to send the completed background check results to the Office of Medical Cannabis.
If the patient wants to name caregiver(s) to assist in obtaining or administering medical cannabis, the patient should ask the health care practitioner to allow them to add a Caregiver during the certification process. Parents and legal guardians of the patient may act as a caregiver for the patient without going through the caregiver approval process.
Only parents, legal guardians, spouses and caregivers may give patients assistance with registration or to pick up medical cannabis.
Cannabis Possession Limits in Minnesota
30 day supply of non-smokable preparations only, with the amount determined by the physician.
Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Minnesota
It is illegal to grow or cultivate cannabis plants in Minnesota.
Medical Cannabis Qualification and Gun Laws
Federal law prohibits anyone who uses an “unlawful” substance, including medical cannabis, from purchasing a firearm in Minnesota.
Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws
Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis law prohibits discrimination based on:
- The person’s status as a patient enrolled in the registry program;
- The patient’s positive drug test for cannabis components or metabolites, unless the patient used, possessed, or was impaired by medical cannabis on the premises of the place of employment or during hours of employment.
Local Cannabis Laws in Minnesota
No specific local laws regarding cannabis in Minnesota. Some interesting developments statewide include:
- 2019 – Proposals were made in 2019 to legalize recreational cannabis use in MN, but the measure was voted down.
- 2021 – Recreational marijuana is approved by the house, but the Senate still opposes the bill.
- 2021 – Medical marijuana patients may be allowed to purchase smokable preparations in the future.