How to get a medical marijuana card in Minnesota during COVID
Minnesota is the 23rd state to sign the medical use of marijuana into law when the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Use Act was passed in 2014.
Having one of the most stringent medical marijuana programs, residents in Minnesota are only eligible for a medical marijuana card if they are diagnosed with a qualifying condition. In fact, there were, originally, only nine ailments that were considered for treatment using medical marijuana. Today, more conditions have been added.
Because of its strict medical marijuana program, people caught possessing any forms of marijuana without a legal medical marijuana card, or those caught with more than 42.5 grams of cannabis may still be held criminally liable. MMJ cardholders Minnesota who are MMJ cardholders are not allowed to grow or possess any variant of a marijuana plant. Similarly, Minnesota patients do not have the liberty in choosing the dosage and form of medical marijuana when purchasing supplies from a registered dispensary.
Minnesota implements a rigorous registration process when applying for a medical marijuana card. This is made even more challenging with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the application process can be done online since the Emergency Executive Order 20-26 was passed.
This order waives the requirement for an in-person medical consultation and, instead, allows patients to get certification remotely via telephone or telemedicine.
Through telemedicine, we can help you complete your application stress-free. We will guide you through certification and registration. To begin, just follow these three easy steps:
Step 1. Obtain Certification from a Minnesota Healthcare Provider
Have a physician review your medical records and evaluate whether you are qualified for a medical marijuana card.
You are eligible for medical marijuana treatment if you are a legal resident of Minnesota and are diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions:
- Cancer (associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting)
- Tourette Syndrome
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Seizures (including Epilepsy)
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms (including those from Multiple Sclerosis)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease)
- Terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of less than one year, or if the illness or the treatment causes severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or Cachexia or severe wasting
- Intractable pain
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Alzheimer’s Disease
After your consultation via telemedicine or in clinic visit, here at MMJCC our team of competent Doctors can help you qualify to legally receive and possess a medical marijuana card. Once qualified our dedicated team will contact the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and register your name into Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Patient Registry online.
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Step 2. Register Online
After our doctor has certified that you are qualified to use medical marijuana, Along with your valid email provided, you will receive an email from the Office of Medical Cannabis of the state of Minnesota stating the instructions and the link for you to register online. Make sure to review the information sheet before proceeding with the registration.
The certification is valid for 90 days. Complete the registration before the certification expires.
During the online registration, you will need to provide the following informations:
- Your full legal name.
- Your address.
- Your phone number
- A government-issued : state of Minnesota ID or driver’s license with proof of residency (scan this or take a photo from your phone)
- A government assistance plan ID: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), Medical Assistance, CHAMPVA, Veteran Affairs, Indian Health Service or Medicaid ID (scan this but the file must not be larger than 3 MB).
- A credit card to pay the Annual Registration Fee
- The Patient Self-Evaluation Report (available in your account in the registry)
The annual registration fee is $200. Patients who are on SSD, SSI, or are enrolled in MinnesotaCare are eligible for the $50 reduced cost.
Applications are processed in the order they are received and may take up to 30 days.
Step 3. Visit a Minnesota Cannabis Patient Center
Once your application has been approved, you, your legal guardian, or your caregiver may now visit any Cannabis Patient Center in Minnesota. A registered pharmacist will review your account along with the recommended dosage and type of medical marijuana based on your condition. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to purchase any variants of medical marijuana.
If you plan to return for more medical marijuana, you must fill out the Patient Evaluation Form by logging in to the registry before visiting the Cannabis Patient Center.
As part of the government’s initiative to control the exposure of immunocompromised clients, COVID-19, Executive Order 20-26 authorizes cannabis clients to register an emergency temporary caregiver that will assist them in purchasing medical marijuana. The temporary caregivers are required to upload a copy of their government-issued ID.
This also allows registered medical cannabis providers to hold consultations with their pharmacists via telephone. These providers are instructed to dispense medical cannabis to the patients or registered caregivers through curbside pickup in a designated zone closest to the facility’s front door.
We are one with the government in ensuring your safety. In this difficult time, know that our service is open for your medical marijuana certification needs.