top of page

Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Marijuana

  • Do I Qualify for Medical Marijuana in the State of Minnesota?
    The Minnesota Department of Public Health has approved a number of qualifying conditions that will allow patients to access Medical Marijuana in Minnesota. The qualifying conditions identified by the DPH include any chronic or debilitating condition that, in the professional judgment of a physician, might be helped by the use of medical cannabis.
  • Why Do I Need A Minnesota Medical Marijuana Card?
    A Minnesota Medical Marijuana Card shows that your name has been added to the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Registry by a Licensed Minnesota Physician. With this card, you can: 1. Buy marijuana from dispensaries in the State of Minnesota 2. Possess Marijuana and Marijuana Products in the State of Minnesota 3. Consume Marijuana and Marijuana Products in the State of Minnesota ​ An Minnesota Medical Marijuana Card is a personal identification card that shows the patient is a legal Minnesota registered Medical Marijuana Patient.
  • How Do I Get A Minnesota Marijuana Card?
    To obtain your medical marijuana card, you need to have an Minnesota medical marijuana doctor confirm that you suffer from one or more of the qualifying conditions and recommend Medical Marijuana to you. Our staff at Minnesota Marijuana Card is here to simplify the process, connecting you with a certified doctor and filing all your necessary paperwork! You must visit a state-licensed physician (not a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) to obtain a physician certification. You will then apply for an identification card from the Minnesota Department of Public Health.
  • Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting an Minnesota Marijuana Doctor Office?
    We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments. However, you do not have to worry as the entire cost of an appointment will be a nominal flat fee if you, for whatever reason, are not approved by the doctor.
  • What Conditions Make a Patient Eligible for Medical Marijuana in the State of Minnesota?
    Application forms will become available for individuals who wish to become “qualifying patients.” A “qualifying patient” must have a condition or symptom of, or side effect related to the treatment ofAlzheimer's disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Autism spectrum disorder (must meet DSM-5) Cancer* Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder Chronic pain Glaucoma HIV/AIDS Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease Intractable pain Irritable bowel syndrome (effective Aug. 1, 2023) Obsessive-compulsive disorder (effective Aug. 1, 2023) 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 (MS) Sickle cell disease Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year* Tourette syndrome *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.
  • When Will I Receive My Identification Card?
    Within 30 days of application, if your application is approved.
  • What Is the Cost for a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota?
    Some doctors charge an exorbitant amount of money just for an initial examination. We feel strongly that if you qualify for medical marijuana, you shouldn't have trouble accessing it due to cost. As such, we offer a variety of payment methods, including monthly payment plan options and discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts to those who spread the word about our services. After the first appointment, all required follow-ups are free for 12 months.
  • If My Registry Identification Card Is Lost, Stolen or Damaged What Do I Do and Is There a Fee to Replace the Card?
    If the application was submitted online, you may print a replacement card. Simply return to the Alabama Medical Marijuana system account and reprint your card. Please note that once a replacement card is issued the old card is no longer valid. In addition, there is a Registry Change form available here for requesting a change/replacement card. However, if you applied with a paper application, please complete the change form and mail to the office.
  • I Received My Registry Identification Card, but My Name Is Misspelled (or Has Other Incorrect Information). What Do I Do?
    If the application was completed online you may complete the change form and submit. If you completed a paper application, complete the change form and mail to the office. A corrected replacement card will be sent as soon as possible. Again, please be aware that once a replacement card is issued, the prior card is no longer valid.
  • If My Registry Identification Card Expired and I Didn’t Submit My Renewal Application Before the Deadline, Am I Still Eligible to Purchase Medical Marijuana?
    No. When your card expires, the legal protection offered by the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Act is expired. You may still submit your renewal application.
  • Where Can Patients Purchase Medical Marijuana?
    Once you have obtained a recommendation from a certified doctor and received your Minnesota Medical Marijuana card, you'll be able to purchase medical marijuana at any of the licensed dispensaries located throughout the state of Minnesota.
  • Do I Have to Buy My Marijuana From One of the Dispensaries?
    Yes. To be protected under the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Act, your marijuana must be labeled from one of the Minnesota dispensaries.
  • Can I Grow My Own Medical Marijuana?
    No, growing your own Medical Marijuana is prohibited under Minnesota law. Medical Marijuana must be purchased at a state-licensed dispensary.
  • How Much Medical Marijuana Can be Purchased From the Dispensary?
    The Minnesota Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Program has set caps on the amount of marijuana that can be purchased by a patient.
  • Will My Insurance or Medicaid Pay for My Marijuana?
    We encourage you to contact your insurance provider or Medicaid official for an answer; however, we are not aware of any insurance providers that cover the costs of Medical Marijuana at present.
  • How Much Will Medical Marijuana Cost?
    The cost of Medical Marijuana will be set by each dispensary. At this point, it isn’t clear what those prices will be exactly. With dispensaries located throughout the state of Minnesota, we hope that the competition will keep prices low and affordable.
  • Does Minnesota Have Reciprocity With Other States?
    The state of Minnesota allows reciprocity, which means medical marijuana patients with valid recommendations from other states can access Medical Marijuana in Minnesota provided they fill out a visiting patient form and can provide proof of out-of-state registration. A visiting qualifying patient may obtain marijuana from a dispensary with completion of a visiting patient form and producing evidence of his or her registry identification card or its equivalent that is issued under the laws of another state, district, territory, commonwealth, or insular possession of the United States.
  • What Is a Designated Caregiver, and How Many Can I Have?
    A designated caregiver is a person who is selected by a qualifying patient as the person authorized, on the qualifying patient’s behalf, to possess, obtain from a certified Medical Marijuana dispensary, dispense and assist in the administration of Medical Marijuana. Caregivers must apply for a registry card. It is not legal for caregivers to consume, by any means, Medical Marijuana that has been dispensed on behalf of a registered qualifying patient. Further, a designated caregiver is not prohibited from receiving compensation or reimbursement of expenses from a qualifying patient for assisting a qualifying patient with the medical use of marijuana.
  • How Do I Apply To Be a Designated Caregiver?
    Complete the designated caregiver application on the State's website.
  • Do I Need a Caregiver Card to Purchase MMJ for My Child?
    Yes. Qualified patients under 18 years of age cannot purchase Medical Marijuana from a dispensary. The legal guardian or parent is required to register as a caregiver to buy Medical Marijuana for a minor.
  • Can A Caregiver Have More Than One Patient?
    Yes. A caregiver may serve more than one patient. A caregiver must apply for a registry card for each patient and pay for each registry card.
  • Can A Caregiver Also Be A Registered Qualifying Patient?
    Yes. A caregiver may be a registered qualifying patient.
  • Can My Employer Still Drug Test Me for Marijuana if I am a Registered Patient?
    Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. Minnesota does not provide protection to Medical Marijuana patients from employee drug testing. It will be left to the discretion of each employer whether they wish to recognize an employee's Medical Marijuana approval as an exemption to company drug testing policies. However, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment based on an individual’s past or present status as a caregiver or a qualifying patient.
  • Is My Personal Information Kept Confidential?
    The privacy of our patients is a top priority of ours, so we go through great lengths to ensure all patient information is protected and kept confidential in our HIPAA compliant file storage system. We also promise to never share any of your contact information with any third parties.

Get a Minnesota Marijuana Card

bottom of page