First, visit your physician* (or an advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant). Ask him/her to certify your qualifying medical condition. Once your condition has been certified, your doctor will then submit your certification to Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis.
*Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants must be Minnesota licensed and registered as practitioners with the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program.
Use our checklist to talk to your doctor about medical cannabis and the Minnesota patient registry process.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the qualifying conditions for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program?
In Minnesota, qualifying conditions include intractable pain; cancer; glaucoma; HIV/AIDS; Tourette’s Syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); seizure disorders, including those characteristic of epilepsy; sever and consistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis; Crohn’s disease; and terminal illnesses with a life expectancy of less than one year.
A health care practitioner must certify that a patient has been diagnosed with one or more of the qualifying conditions, and all patients must join the Minnesota Department of Health’s patient registry before consulting with a LeafLine Labs pharmacist and purchasing medical cannabis products.
For more information on Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, visit the MDH website at http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/index.html.
Why do I need to see my healthcare practitioner?
It’s the law. Minnesota law says that anyone who wants to get medical cannabis must have their qualifying condition certified by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant.
What do I need to bring to my doctor appointment?
You will need to provide 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.
What if my healthcare practitioner says ‘no’?
Healthcare practitioners are not required to certify patients for the medical cannabis program. If your healthcare practitioner isn’t willing to certify your qualifying condition, ask for a referral to another licensed practitioner.
Can my healthcare practitioner write me a prescription for medical cannabis?
In short – no. In 1970, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed cannabis on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, forbidding its use for any purpose. Because of this restriction, healthcare practitioners are not able to prescribe medical cannabis.
Do I need to ask my practitioner for any special paperwork?
At the end of your visit with your certifying healthcare practitioner, ask for a visit summary. It will provide a list of all your current medications and conditions. Bring that to your first LeafLine Labs appointment. This summary is very useful to our pharmacists to gain a better understanding of your current medical state. It’s not required to meet with us, so don’t worry if you forget to ask.
What happens after my practitioner certifies my condition?
Soon after you are certified with a qualifying condition, you will receive an email from the Office of Medical Cannabis. The email will contain the link you need in order to join the patient registry.