For Healthcare Practitioners

TIMELINE

As of June 1, 2015, Minnesota-licensed health care practitioners are able to certify the qualifying conditions of patients, who will then be able to apply for registry with the Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC). Beginning July 1, 2015, registered patients may visit state-licensed centers to purchase a 30-day supply of recommended formulations and dosage formats of medical cannabis pharmaceuticals.

You may have already heard about the new medical cannabis law taking effect on July 1, or one of your patients may have asked you to certify their qualifying condition so they can register in the medical cannabis program.

No matter how you arrived at this site, welcome to LeafLine Labs. Founded by two emergency room physicians, our organization began with our commitment to find research-based treatments—including medical cannabis—that could bring comfort to people suffering from a variety of conditions.

As fellow healthcare practitioners, we welcome your questions and comments. We want to assure you that we are very serious about our responsibility in this new venture. Everyone on the LeafLine Labs team is dedicated to providing safe, consistent and high-quality medical cannabis to the people of Minnesota.

Your role: certifying qualifying conditions

As mandated by the Minnesota Department of Health, consultation with a Minnesota-licensed health care practitioner is the first step for anyone wishing to purchase medical cannabis. (Health care practitioners are defined as physicians, advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants)

Your patients may approach you to request certification of their qualifying conditions, or you may wish to inform some of your patients about the program’s existence. In either case, you will be asked to certify:

  • A bonefide clinical relationship with the patient, acknowledgment that you have conducted a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition
  • The patient has one of the qualifying conditions

Read the complete rules

Health care practitioners are asked to certify qualifying conditions. It is the responsibility of individual patients to apply for registration through the Office of Medical Cannabis and to follow up with a state-designated medical cannabis center.

Certify a patient’s qualifying condition

Health care practitioners WILL:

Verify you have a bonefide clinical relationship with the patient and that you have conducted a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition. Certify that the patient has a qualifying condition.

Health care practitioners WILL NOT:

[NOT] Be required to participate in the medical cannabis program
Participation is completely voluntary, and you are free to inform patients that you will not provide certification of qualifying conditions. Protection against disciplinary action for participation is guaranteed by the Minnesota Board of Medicine.

[NOT] Be legally liable for patients registered in the medical cannabis program
You are not liable if a patient has an adverse event, is involved in an accident while under the influence or diverts or otherwise misuses medical cannabis medication. You are exempt from all civil and criminal penalties, and your DEA license is never at risk. 

[NOT] Be asked to recommend medical cannabis to patients
You are not asked to certify an opinion on the medicine’s benefit or risk to the patient. 

[NOT] Write medical cannabis prescriptions
Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, and it cannot be prescribed in the state of Minnesota in any form. Medical cannabis is not reportable to the Minnesota Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

[NOT] Determine formulations or dosing formats
You are not responsible for monitoring or managing the patient’s use of medical cannabis.

For more information

Medical Cannabis Program

Review of medical cannabis studies relating to chemical compositions and dosages for qualifying medical conditions, Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis, December 2014

OMC information for physicians, patients, parents, and caregivers

BEFORE YOU CERTIFY

Before you are able to certify patients, you will need to create an account in the state-run medical cannabis registry.

You will need:

  • General information: name, address, email & phone
  • Your medical license
  • Your DEA license
  • General information about the clinic(s) where you practice