If you live in Minnesota and are in need for a medical marijuana card, then this comprehensive guide should give you all the information you need.
May 29, 2014, was a date to remember in Minnesota as the state legalized medical marijuana when the SF 2470 was approved by the Senate 46-16 and the House 89-40 and was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton.
While it was a major milestone for the state, Minnesota still hasn’t adopted policies similar to other states such as California and Nevada, where medical marijuana patients can smoke weed to treat their medical conditions. SF 2470 removes the state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana but only allows them to use cannabis in the forms of oils, pills, creams, vaporizers or patches.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card?
The process of obtaining a medical card in the state of Minnesota is pretty straightforward, and unlike other states, it is possible to do part of the process online:
Step 1 – Retrieve Medical Records
The first step to getting a medical marijuana card in the state of Minnesota is to retrieve your medical records and get a signed physician’s statement from a doctor.
As the process is an online one, it is important to have an email address setup for the process as all answers will be sent by email. Give your practitioner an email address appropriate for medical cannabis communications. In the state of Minnesota, your doctor is required to fill and sign the Patient E-mail and Acknowledgement Form. You will be required to provide this form to your health practitioner at the Office of Medical Cannabis.
Please note, to get a Medical Marijuana Card you MUST be a resident of the state. You will need to provide proof of residency, for example, a Minnesota I.D, passport or another photo I.D, with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
If you are from another state, it is possible to obtain a medical card, but it is decided on a case by case basis, by Minnesota’s Department of Health. In most cases, they do NOT accept other state’s registry cards.
Step 2 – Register Online
To improve your chances of receiving a medical marijuana card, it is not enough to simply have a signed recommendation from your primary doctor or marijuana doctor; it is best to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your physician describing their diagnosis.
The more medical history you can obtain and attach to your application, to back up your request, the more of a chance you are going to have in getting a medical marijuana card.
It is also important to note that you must have a bona fide relationship with your physician.
Once you have sent your initial application form from step 1 to the Office of Medical Cannabis, you will receive to the email you provided a registration link to the medical cannabis program. This link is valid for 90 days, so it is best to have all your document prepared before applying for the program.
Step 3 – Complete the Self-Evaluation Report
Once you have your documents and have received the link, feel free to register online. You will need:
Government-issued ID: state of Minnesota ID or driver’s license (scan or photo from phone).
Government assistance plan ID: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), Medical Assistance, CHAMPVA, Veteran Affairs, Indian Health Service or Medicaid ID (scan or image file, no larger than 3 MB). Medicare Cards will not be an accepted form.
Credit card to pay Annual Registration Fee via USBank website. All fees are non-refundable.
The process is quite easy and shouldn’t take long. Once you have finished the patient self-evaluation report in your account, you will receive a verification email.
Enrollments are processed in the order they are received, and it can take anywhere up to 30 days to be approved.
Step 4- Visit a Cannabis Patient Center
Once you receive your approval email, you may then visit a Cannabis Patient Center (CPC). At the CPC, You, your parent, legal guardian or caregiver must visit the cannabis patient center, where a pharmacist will review your account, and recommend specific dosage and type. Payment will be made at that time, to the cannabis patient center.
Continue here for a complete list of Cannabis Patient Centers in the state of Minnesota.
If you have additional questions or problems, feel free to call the Office of Medical Cannabis or send them an email: [email protected]
Office of Medical Cannabis
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
(651) 201-5598 Metro
(844) 879-3381 Non-metro
What are the Costs Involved?
- Full fee: The annual fee is $200.
- Reduced fee: Patients on Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability, Medicaid, MNCare, IHS or CHAMPVA are eligible for the reduced fee of $50.00. A copy of your Social Security Disability, CHAMPVA, Medical Assistance or Medicaid ID card must be provided during registration.
What Conditions are Eligible to Receive a Medical Marijuana Card?
Medical cannabis is available to Minnesota residents whose health care provider certifies them to be suffering from conditions including:
- 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.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including Crohn’s Disease.
- Terminal illness, with a life expectancy of less than one year, if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting.
- Intractable pain.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (To become effective August 1, 2017)
Should you need more information on Minnesota’s qualifying conditions, please read the state document.
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Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?
It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. It is advised to consume your medicine responsibly, in the safety of your home or a private residence. Also, the laws of Minnesota require you to store your marijuana in a secure, locked place.
What are the Current Minnesota Laws?
- Possession of 42.5 grams or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $200.
- Possession of 42.5 grams and above is considered a felony. Imprisonment of up to 30 years and a maximum fine of $1,000,00 is given, according to the amount of weed found during questioning.
- Possession of more than 1.4 grams inside one’s vehicle (except the trunk) is a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum sentence of 90 days imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Can I Consume Cannabis in My Car?
No. This would be considered a public place and would be prohibited.
Can I take My Meds to a Different State?
Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana, it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the specific laws of the state you are going, so you do not risk breaking any laws.
How Much Should I consume?
We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a professional before using medical marijuana.
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