Caregivers - Medical Cannabis Program - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Medical Cannabis Information for Parents/Legal Guardians, Spouses, and Caregivers

Parents, legal guardians, spouses and caregivers may give patients assistance with registration or to pickup medical cannabis. These instructions supplement the regular Patient Registration Process.

Parents/Legal Guardians

Only legal parents or guardians qualify for this status. You will be asked to upload a copy of a birth or adoption certificate or other legal guardian documentation.

When a parent or legal guardian and the patient meet with the health practitioner, ask the practitioner to indicate that the patient has a parent or legal guardian.

Once certified, the patient will be able to designate parents or legal guardians. At that point, the parent or legal guardian will receive an email with a registration link, asking for:

  • Name, address, and phone number
  • Government-issued ID: state of Minnesota ID or driver's license (scan or photo from phone).

Parents or legal guardians may be asked for proof of identity when picking up medical cannabis.

Spouses

Only the legally married spouse of a patient qualifies for this status. You will be asked to upload a copy of your marriage certificate.

When a spouse and the patient meet with the health care practitioner, ask the practitioner to indicate that the patient has a spouse who they would like to be designated as caregiver.

Once certified, the patient will be able to designate their spouse. At that point, the spouse will receive an email with a registration link, asking for:

  • Name, address, and phone number
  • Government-issued ID: state of Minnesota ID or driver's license (scan or photo from phone).

A spouse may be asked for proof of identity when picking up medical cannabis.

Caregivers

A registered caregiver is a person designated to assist a registered patient in administering medical cannabis or obtaining medicine from a Cannabis Patient Center. Parents, spouses, and legal guardians of the patient may act as a caregiver but do not have to complete a background check.

When a patient adds a caregiver to their Registry account, the caregiver will receive an email invitation to set up their own account in the Registry. Before being added, the caregiver must provide: name, address, date of birth, phone number, and a government-issued ID: State ID card, Driver's License or Passport.

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The caregiver will also need to complete a criminal background check through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Caregiver background checks must be renewed every two years. Active caregivers will be provided renewal notice. The background check consent form can be found at Designated Caregiver Background Check Informed Consent (PDF).

A caregiver applicant must send three things to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete the background check process:

  • A completed background check consent form.
  • A check for $15, payable to: MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
  • An empty envelope addressed to: "Office of Medical Cannabis PO Box 64882 St. Paul, MN 55164-0882" with a postage stamp on it. This envelope will be used by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to send the completed background check results to the Office of Medical Cannabis.

Mail the completed consent form, the $15 check, and the stamped addressed envelope to:
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
CHA Unit
1430 Maryland Avenue E
St. Paul, MN 55106

The caregiver will be notified by email once their account has been approved and can assist their patient in obtaining and administering medical cannabis. The caregiver will be asked for proof of identity at the Cannabis Patient Center when picking up their patient's medical cannabis.

Disposal Methods

Please refer to Medical Cannabis Disposal Methods for information about disposal method options for patients, parents/legal guardians, and caregivers.

Patient Self-Evaluation Report

Parents, legal guardians, and caregivers can log in to the Registry to complete the Patient Self-evaluation report, which is required before additional medical cannabis can be dispensed for the patient.

Updated Tuesday, 07-Sep-2021 08:58:33 CDT