Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota

Minnesota law treats marijuana as a controlled substance and recreational marijuana is still illegal. Meaning you there are penalties for possession, use and dealing. Possession of more than 42.5g in Minnesota will land you with a felony, less than 42.5g and you will receive a $200 fine unless you are registered as a patient. While medical marijuana was legalized in Minnesota, this will only be prepared in the form of liquid, pill or vaporized.

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Here’s a guide to getting a medical marijuana card in Minnesota …



Telehealth/telemedicine available. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.

How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?

14 – 30 days


$200 annually. For those on Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance or who are enrolled onto MinnesotaCare, the fee is $50.

Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

30-day supply, to be determined by physician’s recommendation. Smokeable preparations prohibited.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer, associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • 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.


Medical Marijuana Laws

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.

Home cultivation is not allowed.

Patients may possess a limit of a 30-day supply of non-smokable medical marijuana.

No more than 8 dispensaries to be operational at any one time.

Only marijuana in liquid or oil is permitted to be used.

Minnesota has decriminalized cannabis to an extent, with no charge (and a conditional discharge for a first offense) for those in possession of 42.5 g or less of cannabis. A maximum fine of $200 may be issued. This is the same for giving away up to 42.5 g of cannabis without remuneration.

Possession or sale of any more than 42.5 g is a felony, and can bring with it up to 5 years’ incarceration and/or a $10,000 fine.

Those caught with cannabis may also be required to attend a drug education course.

Penalties for possession of hashish or concentrates is treated equally to marijuana.

Conviction for possession may result in a 30-day driver’s license ban.

Cultivation is treated similarly to possession. Remember, though: cultivating may be seen as “possession with intent to distribute”, meaning higher sentences.

Possession of paraphernalia and sale or advertising of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, and can bring a fine of between $300 and $1,000.

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