Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the Minnesota Medical Marihuana Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the MMMP?
The Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program is a patient registry program established during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session.
+ Why was the MMMP Established?
The Office of Medical Cannabis, located at the Minnesota Department of Health, was formed in 2014 to enact the new medical cannabis legislation.
+ How do I register for the MMMP?
In order to obtain a patient registry card with the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program, the law requires that a licensed health care practitioner certify that the patient has one or more of the qualifying conditions.
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions?
A patient must be diagnosed by a qualifying medical professional for one of the following conditions:
- 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 probable life expectancy of less than one year (To qualify for the program, you must suffer from cancer or a terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year, 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)
- Intractable pain
To become effective August 1, 2017 the DOH will add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a qualifiying condition.
+ Who are the qualified medical professionals?
You may find a local, qualified doctor in your area at WeedMaps.com.
+ Where do I sign up for the MMMP?
As soon as your practitioner has certified that you have a qualifying condition, you will receive an email (using the address you gave your provider) from the Office of Medical Cannabis. The email will contain the link you need in order to register online and an important information sheet you should review before completing registration.
In order to register, you will need:
- Link in the email from the Office of Medical Cannabis.
- Your name, address and phone number.
- 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.
You will receive an email when your account has been approved. Enrollments are processed in the order they are received and it could take up to 30 days to be approved.
+ What MMMP Applications and Forms do I fill out?
Give your practitioner an email address appropriate for medical cannabis communications. You may not want to choose an email that others can access or that belongs to your employer.
Once you receive your approval email, you may then visit a Cannabis Patient Center (CPC); the annual registration fee of $200 will be made at that time, to the cannabis patient center.
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the MMMP?
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.
"Medical cannabis" is defined as any species of the genus cannabis plant delivered in the form of:
- Liquid, including, but not limited to, oil
- Vaporized delivery method that does not require the use of dried leaves or plant form.
+ What about Primary Caregivers Registered under the MMMP?
For the purpose of this program, a Caregiver is a person designated to assist a registered patient whose certifying health care practitioner has also certified the patient's need for help to administer medication or acquire medical cannabis from a distribution facility due to a disability; and is authorized by the Commissioner to assist the patient with the use of medical cannabis.
If the patient wants to name Caregiver(s) to assist in obtaining or administering medical cannabis, the patient should ask the health care practitioner to allow them to add a Caregiver during the certification process. Parents and legal guardians of the patient may act as a Caregiver for the patient without going through the Caregiver approval process.
When a patient adds a Caregiver to the patient's registry account, the Caregiver will receive an email invitation to set up their own Caregiver account in the online Patient Registry. Before being added to the registry, the Caregiver applicant must provide: name, address, date of birth, phone number, and a Government-issued ID:
- State ID card
- Driver's License, or
The Caregiver will also need to request a criminal background check via the Minnesota (MN) Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; the background check consent form can be found here.
A Caregiver applicant must send three things to the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete the background check process:
- A completed background check consent form;
- A check for $15.00 payable to: "MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension"; and
- An empty envelope addressed (with a postage stamp on it) to:
Office of Medical Cannabis PO Box 64882 St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
This envelope will be used by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to send the completed background check results to the Office of Medical Cannabis.
Mail the completed consent form, $15.00 Check and stamped addressed envelope to:
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, CHA Unit, 1430 Maryland Avenue E, St. Paul, MN 55106
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the DPH website here.