Minnesota enacted a restrictive medical marijuana program in May 2014. To its credit, the state has moved in a comparatively quick fashion to fully implement a comprehensive medical marijuana program. At the date of printing, a meager three dispensaries are open in the state. Five more scheduled to open later this spring. (Provide that few points of access for any other kind of medicine and you would have a people’s revolt on your hands). Minnesotans with qualifying conditions who are interested in enrolling in the program, and healthcare practitioners who are interested in certifying some of their qualified patients, should contact the Minnesota Department of Health for details.
The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Minnesota are currently:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Intractable pain
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms
- Terminal illness
- Tourette’s Syndrome
The program is comparatively modest, with less than 600 state registered patients as of June 2016. The state does not allow home growing or patient caregivers, but you have to start somewhere. Some patients have to first be convinced that the state will protect them, that their confidential data will be safe and they can continue to be considered law abiding citizens before agreeing to be listed in the database.
Is Marijuana legal in Minnesota?
No. As of June 2016, recreational marijuana is not legal in Minnesota.
Where can I buy marijuana?
Currently, there are no legal outlets in Minnesota where residents can purchase marijuana.
How can I help legalize marijuana in Minnesota?
For the status of the fight for legalization, a great place to start is the old tried and true: Minnesota NORML
If you want to take action as a resident of the state and let your representatives that you want to exercise your basic human right to possess and consume cannabis check out the Marijuana Policy Project, MPP.
What is the punishment if I’m caught with marijuana?
The Minnesota statute lists Marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substances.
Possession of 42.5 grams or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $200.*
* A conditional discharge is possible for first time offenders.
* There is a possible drug education course requirement.
Possession of more than 42.5 grams – less than 10 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. Subsequent convictions shall be committed to the commissioner of corrections for 6 mos – 10 years and a possible fine of not more than $20,000.