With a population of over 300,000 residents, St. Paul is the second-most populous city in Minnesota. And we understand why. The gorgeous city is a visual feast for tourists and locals! St. Paul residents pride themselves on preserving the stunning beauty of their city, while also taking measures to prioritize their well-being in equal measure.
Over the years, cannabis use has become increasingly common in St. Paul. However, the possession of recreational cannabis is still illegal in St. Paul. This has led to many residents applying for medical marijuana certification, which allows them to possess and use cannabis for their medical condition(s).
If caught without certification, the possession of recreational cannabis is punishable by a fine of up to $200 and mandatory drug education. In fact, possession of over 42.5 grams of cannabis can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000 (or more).
If patients aren’t careful and fail to apply for certification, they can face severe consequences.
At IndicaMD, we wanted to take the initiative and make the application process much easier for patients. Our HIPAA-compliant medical cannabis telemedicine service enables patients to easily obtain approval from a licensed physician.
How Should I Get Started?
Interested in applying for medical marijuana certification? We’ll walk you through the process. Prior to getting started, it’s important to note that you can only qualify for certification if you have one (or more) of the following conditions:
- Cancer with severe pain, cancer-related chronic pain, extreme vomiting, cachexia, nausea, or severe wasting
- Tourette syndrome
- Autism, if the DSM-V criteria for autism are met
- Intractable pain
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Terminal illness if the patient has a life expectancy of less than one year and the illness results in severe and chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Extreme and frequent muscle spasms
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic pain(effective Aug. 2020)
- Age-related macular degeneration (effective Aug. 2020)
- Sickle cell disease
If you qualify, you can register online by filling out a brief questionnaire. You’ll be requested to share your medical history, basic information, and additional details regarding your condition. This information will help us determine your eligibility and allow you to consult our medical cannabis doctor.
Shortly after you receive approval, you can consult our physician through a video chat. Please note that our medical cannabis telemedicine service is HIPAA-complaint, so you don’t have to worry about privacy and security.
Following the virtual meeting, our physician will print, sign, emboss, and deliver your medical cannabis recommendation letter/certification. This is one of the most vital pieces of documents required during the application process as it is a prerequisite for registration. Once you’ve obtained the letter, you can send it to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC). They will email you the registration link, and you can easily follow the instructions and proceed with the remaining process.
Please take note that our virtual visits and telemedicine services with an experienced physician are only eligible for our existing patients who need a renewal of their medical cannabis certificate. New patients can also join the Minnesota Cannabis Program by setting up an in-person appointment with our experienced doctor and becoming qualified for the Medical Marijuana Card.
Sign Up Online to Apply for Medical Marijuana Certification in St. Paul
Simply fill out our online form, and you’ll be contacted with information regarding your video call with our medical cannabis doctor shortly. If you require further assistance, you can reach us at (844) 930-2568.
- Effective July 1, 2023, the annual enrollment fee will be eliminated.
- Effective Aug. 1, 2023, a patient’s initial certification visit with a health care practitioner can be conducted via telemedicine.
- Effective March 1, 2025, patients will be required to get recertified for their qualifying medical condition every three years, instead of every year.
- Effective March 1, 2025, the age for registered caregivers to purchase cannabis flower will be 18, rather than 21.
While the tax on adult-use cannabis product sales will be 10% (in addition to state and local sales taxes), medical cannabis products will continue to be tax-free.
The Medical Cannabis Program will establish an alternative certification procedure for veterans who receive care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to confirm that the veteran has been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. The new application procedure will be effective Jan. 1, 2024. We will share more about this procedure at a later date.