Medical Cannabis Certifications in Minnesota
Make your health and wellness priorities. Don’t let the uncertainty of where to begin with the medical marijuana certification process hinder your journey toward a better quality of life. For residents of Minnesota, Compassionate Clinics of America is the first step to a rewarding path toward health and wellness.
We are proud to offer easy, efficient, and affordable Medical Cannabis Certifications in Minnesota.
Have you been thinking about a medical marijuana card but feeling hesitant to start the process? Let Compassionate Clinics of America help. We have the swiftest turnaround in the state, connecting you to a network of qualified physicians and health care practitioners that will help you through the process of obtaining your medical marijuana certification in Minnesota. We recommend you take advantage of our patient education series where we regularly upload helpful articles on research to help you in your medical cannabis journey.
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Qualifying for a Medical Cannabis Certification in Minnesota
In order to get a medical cannabis recommendation and legally purchase cannabis products from dispensaries in Minnesota, some basic qualifications must be met:
Before you may register for the program, a Minnesota licensed doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse who has registered with the Office of Medical Cannabis must first certify you as suffering from one of the following medical conditions:
- Cancer *
- 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
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chronic pain
- Sickle cell disease
- Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder
After your health care practitioner certifies your condition(s) online, you’ll receive an e-mail from the Minnesota Health Department Registry that will contain:
- Confirmation of your condition by your health care practitioner
- Your unique registration link for the medical cannabis patient registry
Once you receive an enrollment e-mail, you will be ready to enroll. Before you click on the enrollment link, please have the following items ready:
- An image of your government-issued photo identification, such as a Minnesota Identification Card/Driver’s License. Image file type must be JPG, GIF, TIF, or PNG and smaller than 4 MB.
- A credit/debit card or check (routing and account numbers) for the online annual enrollment fee of $200 or $50 (discounted fee).
- If applicable and if you enroll with the discounted fee of $50, an image of one of the following must be provided:
- Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI)/Social Security Disability (SSD) including those transitioned to retirement benefits. A letter from Social Security verifying your transition from SSD to retirement benefits OR the SSD/SSI Benefit Verification letter dated within the last 90 days is acceptable. If you have an online account with SSA, you can log in and obtain a copy of the Benefit Verification letter. Otherwise visit a Social Security field office (Social Security Office Locator) or call 1-800-772-1213 to request your transitioning or Benefit Verification letter. Medicare is NOT a qualifier for the discounted fee.
- Current medical assistance (MA), Minnesota Care, or Indian Health Services (IHS) card. An enrollment letter from the county or state dated within the last 90 days is also acceptable.
- Railroad disability. A benefit verification letter for Railroad disability dated within the last 90 days is acceptable.
- Veteran’s disability. A valid VA service-connected card or VA disability benefit letter dated within the last 90 days is acceptable.
- VA dependency and indemnity compensation (VA DIC). An approval letter for VA dependency and indemnity compensation dated within the last 90 days is acceptable
Minnesota residents must prove their place of address with a valid state driver’s license or identification card.
The state fee for the Minnesota Medical Cannabis application is $200 which is paid annually. Patients who have SSI, SSD, or are enrolled in MinnesotaCare may be eligible for a reduced fee of $50.
Caregiver Registration in Minnesota
A patient can add a caregiver to their Registry account, the caregiver will receive an email invitation to set up their own account in the Registry.
The caregiver must provide:
- date of birth,
- phone number,
- and a government-issued ID: State ID card, Driver’s License, or Passport
- will need to complete a criminal background check through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
The caregiver application fee is $15 and they must be at least 21 years of age. The caregiver background check is valid for two years.
You are no longer required to get approval from your health care practitioner to add a caregiver to your medical cannabis certification. Medical cannabis caregivers are allowed to support up to six medical cannabis patients at a time.
Get More from Your Medical Cannabis Certification in Minnesota
One of the biggest parts of medical cannabis is getting to understand how your body responds to different types of cannabis products and cannabinoids, to help you tailor your medical cannabis experience to your desired outcomes. Using DNA testing, we examine your specific DNA biomarkers to determine the right strains and dosage for your specific genes and metabolism. Our test kits are available for purchase on our website. This unique service is designed to maximize the potential of medicinal cannabis for each individual patient.
More Information on Medical Cannabis Certification in Minnesota
Possession and Cultivation of Medical Marijuana in Minnesota
Minnesota has very strict possession and cultivation regulations, with only two in-state manufacturers producing all medical cannabis in Minnesota. Based on state law, “manufacturers are required to ensure that the medical cannabis distributed contains a maximum of a 30-day supply of the dosage determined for that patient.”
Additionally, “pharmacists at registered Cannabis Patient Centers recommend specific dosage and type for patients.”
Permissible forms of medical cannabis include but are not limited to:
- raw or dried cannabis for smoking,
- any vaporized delivery method, which does not use raw plant or dry leaves
- Gummies and chews are allowed for patient purchase and consumption as of August 2022.
The Minnesota Department of Health begun allowing infused cannabis edible products including gummies and chews as of August 1, 2022.
The state now allows patients 21-years-older and up access to purchase raw and dried cannabis for smoking as of March 1, 2022.
Patients are not allowed to grow their own cannabis flower at this time.
The cost for a medical cannabis certification in Minnesota is $199. The renewal fee for a medical cannabis certification is $125. Compassionate Clinics of America offers Sezzle as a payment plan for certifications and renewals.
Questions About Medical Cannabis Certification in Minnesota?
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