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Learn more about marijuana in Minnesota.
Over half of the United States have reformed their marijuana laws, Minnesota included. Known as the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is home to nearly 5.5 million residents. As the cannabis industry continues to evolve in the state, we understand if you have questions.
Is Marijuana Legal in Minnesota? ▼▲
Minnesota has removed the legal and criminal penalties for cannabis use, but only for individuals with a diagnosable medical condition, disease, or ailment which has a persistent and severe capacity to disrupt an individual's quality of life.
When Did Marijuana Become Legal in Minnesota?▼▲
The Minnesota medical marijuana program was signed into law in late May 2014, with the first dispensary location opening the following July, just over 13 months later.
Where Are the Dispensaries in Minnesota?▼▲
Minnesota law allows only two medical marijuana manufacturer licenses to be issued at any one time. Each license can accommodate up to four dispensing facilities and one manufacturing center.
Are They Medical or Recreational Dispensaries?▼▲
Only medical dispensary locations are legal in Minnesota at this time.
Where Can Marijuana be Consumed in Minnesota?▼▲
Cannabis products are forbidden from being consumed in a dispensary location or manufacturing facility. Additionally, cardholders are prohibited from consuming or possessing marijuana:
- On a school bus or van
- On the property of any preschool or school up to the 12th grade
- In a correctional facility
- On the property of any home daycare or child care facility
- On public transportation, including public buses or taxis
- Vaporizing cannabis oil where the vapor may be inhaled by a non-cardholders minor
- In a cardholder's workplace
- In any place which can generally be viewed as public
Minnesota prohibits medical marijuana cardholders from smoking marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana products must be in liquid (such as oil), in a pill, or in a vaporizer that does not use dried leaves or raw plant cannabis. Additional dosage forms may be approved by the Department of Health as deemed medically appropriate..
How Do I Find Work in the Minnesota Marijuana Industry?▼▲
Minnesota residents aged 21 and older may apply to work at a dispensary location or product manufacturer, provided they have not been convicted of a felony. This will be verified through a background check paid for by the applicant through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
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Is Drug Testing for Marijuana Legal in Minnesota? ▼▲
Unless the cardholder is under the influence or intoxicated while at work, employers in Minnesota are prohibited from discriminating against an employee simply for being on the medical cardholder registry at any point during their employment. A cardholder who fails a drug test due to cannabis components and related metabolites being present are responsible for providing verification they are in the registry to the employer.
Is Delivery of Marijuana Legal in Minnesota?▼▲
Marijuana can be transferred from the manufacturer to a laboratory or dispensary location, but cannot be delivered directly to cardholders at this time.Caregivers may, however, purchase cannabis products and deliver them to the cardholder.
How is Marijuana Paid For at Minnesota Dispensaries? ▼▲
Minnesota dispensary locations accept cash and typically have an ATM on-site.
Marijuana is Legal▼▲
Signed into law in the spring of 2014, the Minnesota medical marijuana program was immediately received as one of the most restrictive in the country. Though, as cardholder volume continues to increase each year, the comprehensive rules and program regulations are becoming easier to navigate for cardholders and providers.
Purchase and Possession Limits▼▲
After being registered in the medical marijuana program, cardholders are required to consult with one of the pharmacists staffed at a dispensary location. During the consult, the pharmacist will review the cardholder's medical history and determine a total quantity of cannabis products that would adequately supply the cardholder for a 30-day period.
Any person caught in possession of marijuana under 42.5 grams who is not a medical cardholder or designated caregiver may be subject to misdemeanor criminal charges, including a fine of up to $200. The charge may be dropped if it is the first offense and the individual agrees to a drug education course.
Marijuana and Driving▼▲
Driving While Intoxicated
Cardholders and non-cardholders , alike, are forbidden from driving while intoxicated by marijuana. Additionally, cardholders must never be in control of an aircraft, train, or motorboat while on medical cannabis.
If a person is caughtdriving under the influence of marijuana, a misdemeanor criminal charge, fines up to $1,000, up to six months suspended driver’s license, and as many as 90 days in jail are possible for the first offense.
Driving While in Possession of Marijuana
Cardholders are allowed to possess and transport medical cannabis products for their own use. Just remember, all medical cannabis products from Minnesota must remain in Minnesota.
Any person who is neither a cardholder or caregiver caught in possession of - but is not intoxicated by - marijuana while driving will be subject to the penalties for possession as defined above. Additionally, if an individual driving a car found with more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in the driver- or passenger-occupied area, the individual can be charged with a misdemeanor.
Growing Marijuana at Home▼▲
Only licensed manufacturers under Minnesota's medical marijuana program may grow marijuanar legally.