Minnesota Medical Cannabis Card Options

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Minnesota Medical Cannabis Card Service

Apply for a Minnesota Medical Marijuana Card

Legal Status

Medical & Recreational
Possession Limits:
Medical patients: 2.5oz/14 day periods
Recreational users:2 lb poss. Limit at home 2 oz poss limit in public
State Taxes
Medical patients 0%
Recreational users up to 16.875%
Cultivation is approved

Excluded from 10-16% excise tax + 0.5X greater purchase limits = HUGE cash and time savings! 

Why get A Minnesota Med Card

Peace of Mind

Greater Possession Limits

Enhanced Legal Protection

Save up to 16% on cannabis purchases 

Greater cultivation limits

Skip the lines and the dispensaries

How to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Minnesota

To get started on your medical card in Minnesota, first schedule an appointment to see a healthcare provider (doctor) in MN, the land of 10,000 lakes through SwiftieMed.com at a time most convenient for you. Provide your basic medical history and demographics, and then book your appointment with a licensed healthcare provider that is able to provide marijuana cards in the state of Minnesota.   You will need your medical records. Doctors are able to approve any qualifying condition. 

Consult with a MMJ Doctor

Consultation with your MMJ doctor takes about 10-15 minutes.  You will be able to evaluate your ailments.  You will also be able to ask any questions about medical marijuana treatment that you may have.   Your doctor will be able to provide you with a visit summary that includes details about your medical conditions and current medications.   You might need this document when you visit the Cannabis Patient Center.   

Once you are approved and your appointment is complete, your doctor (healthcare provider) will fill out the Patient Email and Acknowledgement form that you will need for the application process online.   

You will receive an email from the State of Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis.  A link will allow you to register online for your medical marijuana program access.  This link is valid for 90 days  and the healthcare certification from your doctor is only valid for 90 days after it has been issued. 

Then you’ll get approved.   You’ll receive an email confirmation from the state of Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis with your online registration link once you are certified.  You will not receive a medical marijuana card, even though patient registry is commonly referred to as a “medical marijuana card” in other states.   You will receive a medical marijuana certification in Minnesota.   You will need to provide this information and payment for your application: 

  • A copy of your Minnesota State issued driver’s license or state issued ID
  • Payment of $49 if you qualify for a reduced fee with proof of eligibility or $200 regular price

Patients  getting their medical marijuana certification in Minnesota will need to recertify annually by seeing their licensed healthcare provider again.  

Cannabis Legalization Status in Minnesota

Minnesota became the 23rd state to legalize adult-use cannabis in the US in June 2023 after United States Democratic Governor Tim Walz signed the bill into law on Tuesday, June 27, 2023.  

White Earth Nation voted to legalize medical cannabis by a 994-150 tribal vote in 2020 in Minnesota.  As reported in the Red Lake Nation news, people seeking relief from cannabis many healing properties can now consume it without penalty. The state of Minnesota legalized medical cannabis in 2014, and six years later, the Tribal Council measure “allows the Tribal Council to create its own rules governing medical cannabis on the reservation that wouldn’tbe subject to Minnesota’s medical marijuana laws, which are considered among the most restrictive in the nation.”

In 2019, MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) reported on the medical program and  just how restrictive the medical program in Minnesota. “More than four years in, the state’s program serves relatively few people and is considered to be just too expensive by many patients.” In addition, “The exact form the program will take in the future is unclear, as some lawmakers push for Minnesota to join other states that allow the sale of recreational marijuana.”  

While up to 11 states in the United States legally allow both recreational and medicinal use, Minnesota and dozens of other states are considering recreational use, proving it not only helps patients, but also provides a serious boost to the economy.   Minnesota announced in 2021 that they will begin allowing access for patients to also purchase cannabid flower for smoking and edible products (edibles).   Registered patients (ages 21 and older) can access smokable medical cannabis beginning March of 2022. Registered patients can buy gummies and chews as of August 1, 2022.   Patients, however, must have a completed consultation with their dispensary pharmacist before they can buy this medicine. 

Qualifying Conditions and Costs

In Minnesota, initial qualifying conditions for the Minnesota’s medical cannabis program include:

ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Alzheimer’s Disease 

Cancer with severe or chronic pain, nausea or vomiting or cachexia

Chronic pain

Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder

Glaucoma

Intractable pain

HIV/AIDS

Tourette’s Syndrome

Seizures/Epilepsy

Severe and persistent muscle spasms, spasticity

Sickle Cell Disease

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Inflammatory bowel disease including Chrohn’s Disease

Terminal illness (life expectancy of under one year) 

PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) 

A Minnesota resident must prove their place of address in the state with a valid state DL (driver’s license) or identification card along with having a medical condition.   The Minnesota Medical Cannabis application state fee is $200, which is paid annually.   Patients may be eligible for a reduced fee of $50 if they have SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSD (Social Security Disability) or are enrolled in MinnesotaCare.

Caregivers

A caregiver can be added to a patient Registry account, and the caregiver will then receive an email invitation to set up their own account in the registry.    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. The caregiver can expect to provide their name, address, date of birth (DOB), telephone number, and a government-issued ID such as a state ID card, Driver’s License (DL), or Passport.  Caregivers will need to complete a criminal background check through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.   

Patients are not required to get the approval of their doctor to add a caregiver to your medical cannabis certification.   Up to six medical cannabis patients can be supported at one time by a medical cannabis caregiver. 

Possession and Cultivation of Medical Marijuana in Minnesota

Very strict possession and cultivation regulations exist in Minnesota, with all the medical cannabis in Minnesota being produced by only two in-state manufacturers.  Form of medical cannabis permissible in Minnesota include oil, pill, and vaporized delivery method, gummies and chews, and raw plant or dry leaves.    “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”, based on state law.  Additionally,  “Pharmacists at registered Cannabis Patient Centers recommend specific dosage and type for patient.”  

Patients are not allowed to grow their own cannabis flower at this time. 

FAQ’s

Do I need to have residence in Minnesota to obtain a medical marijuana card? 

Yes.  All applicants must prove residency with a state-issued driver’s license or identification card or they are not eligible for a medical cannabis certification in the state. 

What is the first step to getting a medical marijuana card in Minnesota? 

The first and most important step is to schedule a physician appointment with SwiftieMed. You can receive your certification recommending medical marijuana following your appointment with the physician if you are approved.

How long does the consultation usually take? 

From beginning to end, the physician consultation usually takes 10-15 minutes

What if I’m not approved for medical cannabis in Minnesota?

SwiftieMed has a very high approval rate for medical cannabis licensure.  However, if you are not approved, you will be refunded in full. 

Does chronic pain qualify as a condition for medical cannabis treatment in Minnesota? 

Minnesota considers chronic pain as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.   Chronic pain and PTSD are the most common reasons for getting a medical card.  

When I am certified, what types of medicines can I buy from the Minnesota Dispensaries? 

The state of Minnesota requires that you buy any medical cannabis prescriptions from state approved dispensaries, which provide different medication choices at different locations.  Choices can include oil tincture, tablets, topicals, dried cannabis flower, gummies and chews, vapes, topicals and pre-rolls.

What is the medical cannabis annual registration fee? 

The state of Minnesota’s annual registration fee costs $200.   Patients who receive SSI or SSD may be able to qualify for a reduced fee for a total of $49.

Can I get curbside pickup at a cannabis patient center? 

Sure.  Patients or caregivers can use curbside pick-up to access their cannabis medication to to changes in the law. 

Places to Visit in Minnesota After Enjoying Your Medicine

Minnesota has more than enough to keep locals and visitors enticed, famous for the Mall of America and the International Wolf Center, not to mention the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, . The midwestern state, bordering Canada and Lake Superior, also boasts St. Cloud Clemens Garden, with up to 80,000 annual plants among benches, swings, ponds, and fountains. For more of Mother Nature, Minnesota’s 32,000-acred oldest state park of Itasca has hiking trails, bike routes, and a Wilderness Drive for scenic byway view. If time allows, take a detour on the way to the dispensary to any of the below places for some Minnesota memory making.

Mall of America

It’s America’s biggest mall with more than 500 shops to peruse in Bloomington. If one day of shopping is not enough, hotel accommodations at the mall make it possible to stay overnight. Theaters and restaurants throughout the mall give visitors chances to get off their feet when shopping to enjoy a movie or snack. Some even visit the Mall of America at certain times of the year during any one of the 400-holiday events held annually.

St. Cloud Clemens Garden

Made possible by the Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, this garden is one-of-a-kind, filled with more than 1,100 rose bushes and 80,000 annual plants that bloom all year round. Visitors can enjoy the vast garden in several ways, whether sitting on a bench, picnicking at a pond, or taking a swing. The site also hosts Music in the Garden bi-monthly and art fairs, featuring famed musicians and artists from around Minnesota.

St. Paul

As one of the Twin Cities, St. Paul compliments Minneapolis well. Built around the Cathedral of St. Paul, the city is lined with Golden Age mansions along Summit Avenue, the largest and longest collection of Victorian edifices in the U.S. according to Planet ware. Along with sightseeing up to 373 original mansions, the top tourist news source adds “the area also offers plenty of things to do for families, including an excellent zoo with a neighboring amusement park, a science museum, and a children’s museum.”

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