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Patient Enrollment Process

Before you may register for the Program, a Minnesota licensed doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse must first certify you as suffering from one of the following conditions: 

  • Cancer associated wtih severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomitting, or cachexia or severe wasting*
  • Glaucoma
  • 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 Sress Disorder
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

*To qualify for the program, you must suffer from cancer or a terminal illness and have 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.

Schedule an appointment with your Minnesota licensed doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse. These are the only health care practitioners authorized to certify your condition. Also, the OMC does not maintain a list of preferred practitioners. It is your responsibility to meet with a qualified health care practitioner to be certified.

  • Go to the OMC website and print the Patient E-mail & Acknowledgement Form:
  • Write in the e-mail address you’d like to use to receive private messages about your health. (If you do not already have a non-employer based e-mail address, consider setting up a new personal e-mail account before your appointment.)
  • Bring this form along with you to your appointment and give it to your health care practitioner.
  • During your visit, ask your practitioner for an appointment summary and a list of the medications that are currently prescribed to you. Take these documents with you when you go pick up your medical cannabis.

After you meet with your health care practitioner, you’ll receive an e-mail from the MN Office of Medical Cannabis 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 your certification e-mail, you will be ready to register.  Before you click on the registration link, gather your:

  • Government-issued ID: state of Minnsota ID or driver’s license (scan or photo from phone)
  • If applicable, your government medical assistance plan ID/card: CHAMPVA, Medicaid/Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, Indian Health Service, VA Disability, VA Service Connected, Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income
  • Camera or a camera-equipped mobile phone to capture/scan images of your IDs/cards on the registry website.
  • Credit/debit card or check – the Program’s payment processer U.S. Bank, accepts all of the above methods of payment for the annual registration fee.  The annual fee to enroll in the Medical cannabis registry is $200, or $50 for patients with a government assistance plan ID.

The submitted form will be reviewed by the Office of Medical Cannabis and is subject to approval.

When your account has been approved, you’ll be notified by e-mail.

Caregiver Enrollment Process

If a patient has a caregiver, the patient’s health care practitioner must indicate this in the certification process on the registry website. Once the health care practitioner has indicated the patient qualifies for a caregiver, the patient will need to add their caregiver when they enroll in the Medical cannabis registry. The patient will need the caregiver’s full name, phone number and email address. When the patient submits that information during their registration, the caregiver will receive an email with a link to the medical cannabis registry system.

A caregiver must create a user account (login and password) for the medical cannabis registry system, complete the Caregiver Enrollment Form and pass a background check.

To be a primary caregiver, you must:

  • Be over the age of 21.
  • Have a patient add you as their primary caregiver during their enrollment process.
  • Pass a background check.

How to Enroll

You will be notified via email requesting registration as a caregiver for a patient. Please click the link provided in email to the Medical cannabis registry system. You will need to create an account (login and password) to enter the system.

Once you are logged in, you will need to complete the Caregiver Enrollment Form. You will be required to upload an electronic copy of your government-issued photo ID (state ID, driver’s license, or passport). The form will allow you to select an image file (scanned copy) of your ID and/or will allow you to use a camera from a phone or tablet to take a photo of the qualifying government-issued ID.  You will also need to fill out and sign the Designated Caregiver Background Check Informed Consent form (available via a link in the registration form), enclose payment of $15 for the background check, enclose a stamped addressed envelope to the address on the form and send all of the items in a single envelope to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Approval Process

The Office of Medical Cannabis will review your application and review your background check before approving your application. Once approved, you will be able to pick up medication for a patient.

Health Care Practitioner Process

As a health care practitioner, the patient enrollment process begins when you initiate their application. The patient cannot enroll or log in to the medical cannabis registry system until you are enrolled as a health care practitioner in the system and complete the Certify Patient Form.

To begin certifying your patients you must:

  • Confirm that your medical license and DEA number are current.
  • Create a user account (login and password) for the medical cannabis registry system.
  • Complete the Health Care Practitioner Enrollment Form.
  • Complete the Certify Patient Form.

Enroll as a Health Care Practitioner

Before you can certify a patient, you must enroll in the medical cannabis registry system. You must create a user account (login and password) for the system and complete the Health Care Practitioner Enrollment Form.

  • Once your account has been created, an Office of Medical Cannabis employee will contact you to verify your identity. (This is a routine practice to protect you against identity theft and to reinforce the validity of the Program.)

You are now ready to certify patients.

Certify Patient

Once you are enrolled, and you determine that your patient should be registered in the medical cannabis registry for the medical use of cannabis, you may complete the Certify Patient Form to certify that your patient has a qualifying medical condition.

You will need following information:

  • Patient’s full name.
  • Patient’s email address.
  • Patient’s date of birth.

Once the Certify Patient Form is submitted, the patient will receive an email with instructions and a link to the medical cannabis registry where they can complete their registration.

Please click here to begin registering as a health care practitioner.