Your Guide to Minnesota Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Minnesota residents with qualifying medical conditions that compromise their quality of life such as glaucoma, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, intractable pain, chronic pain, Tourette syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cachexia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscle spasms, and terminal illnesses can treat themselves with medical marijuana. A marijuana registry card gives you access to medical marijuana products such as topicals, vaporizers, and tinctures, as well as CBD products.
Minnesota runs a medical marijuana program similar to those in states like Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Oregon, Illinois, Alaska, Michigan, and Connecticut.
Under Minnesota state law, recreational marijuana is illegal. The only way to legally purchase marijuana is with a medical marijuana card through the state’s medical marijuana program. While the state’s rules and regulations regarding medical cannabis are strict, its dispensaries carry a wide selection of products for medical cannabis patients and their legal guardians.
Visiting a dispensary may seem overwhelming for new patients. However, the facilities are conventional businesses with safeguards similar to pharmacies or other medical facilities.
If you must cope with a loss of enjoyment in your personal life or face employment challenges due to a debilitating medical condition, treating with medical marijuana can change your life.
Where Can You Buy Minnesota Medical Marijuana?
There are 14 medical cannabis dispensaries throughout Minnesota. Each facility is licensed and overseen by the Minnesota Department of Health. Strict regulations dictate how facilities operate, where they get inventory, and what products they can dispense.
The DOH has an interactive map featuring each dispensary in the state. Sites include:
- Green Goods in Blaine
- Green Goods in Bloomington
- Green Goods in Burnsville
- Green Goods in Duluth/Hermantown
- RISE in Eagan
- RISE in Hibbing
- RISE in Mankato
What’s it Like Buying Medical Marijuana in Minnesota?
Purchasing medical marijuana is a simple process that entails verifying your identity and registry enrollment. Minnesota requires that you complete a Patient Self Evaluation Report before your registry visits. The form can be accessed through the online account you use to apply for your card.
Once your form is submitted, you can book an appointment to visit your dispensary of choice. You must complete a consultation with the pharmacist at your initial visit and every time you change the delivery mechanism for cannabis.
You must bring:
- Your government-issued photo ID
- A list of the prescribed medications and over-the-counter supplements you take. The pharmacist will review the list to advise you about potential side effects or contraindications from certain medications. While not required, you should always bring your list in case the medications you take change between dispensary visits
- The visit summary from the health care practitioner who issued your cannabis certification. This is only necessary at your initial dispensary visit
- Your form of payment. Dispensaries accept cash or debit card payments but confirm their policy when you schedule your appointment
Tips for Purchasing Medical Marijuana Products
The pharmacist will review the online survey and your list of medications. They will then make recommendations about the strain of cannabis best suited for your symptoms and advise you on consumption methods.
You can purchase flowers, prerolls, vape cartridges, concentrates, and edibles. Be open with the pharmacist about your symptoms and what you want from cannabis treatment. Even if you have consumed cannabis before, it's generally best to start with the lowest dose of THC at the longest frequency and alter your dosing based on your response.
Inhalants are usually the fastest-acting consumption method, but their effects wear off faster than others. They may be inappropriate if you experience asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Gummies and chews with concentrations up to 10 mg of THC recently became available. Edibles release THC into your system over a longer interval, making their effects stronger and longer lasting. This may be ideal if you want relief from chronic or debilitating pain.
Your unique biochemistry influences your response to cannabis. The dispensary staff is qualified to advise you during all phases of treatment. If the cannabis is ineffective or you experience an adverse reaction, reach out to the staff for advice on alternative doses and delivery mechanisms.
Need Help Applying for a Minnesota Medical Marijuana Card?
You can complete the medical evaluation for registry certification and apply for your card online. Not all doctors are enrolled in Minnesota's medical cannabis program, but the Sanctuary can connect you with a provider who is knowledgeable about medical marijuana and embraces its therapeutic power.
Once you decide you want to treat yourself with medical cannabis, we can guide you through your MMJ card application process. Our compassionate team is well-versed in Minnesota medical marijuana laws, and we can help you submit as strong an application as possible so you or your caregiver can begin visiting Minnesota dispensaries and purchasing cannabis products as soon as possible.