Minnesota has legalized the sale of medical cannabis (2014) and hemp-derived cannabinoid products.
Medical cannabis is available for patients with a wide variety of conditions, with chronic pain being the most popular. Contrary to rumors, you do not need to be on your death bed to qualify. Despite the low bar for entry, there is a steep price for patients to register with the state (up to $200) and many have to pay cash to a health care provider to certify them (often several hundred dollars). Only two providers are authorized to provide medical cannabis in Minnesota, and the price of products exceeds what is seen in many other medical-only states – and is certainly higher than the illicit market.
In 2019, the Minnesota legislature attempted to legalize hemp-derived cannabinoid products, like CBD oil. However, in late 2021, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that possession of refined cannabinoid products (anything but raw hemp flower) was a felony, as the legislature did not de-schedule extracted THC from Schedule I. In 2022, a “fix” was passed and hemp-derived cannabinoid products were regulated. Currently, any hemp-derived cannabinoid product is legal, with a limit of 0.3% of any THC. While possession is legal, food and beverages sold in Minnesota may only contain a maximum of 5 mg of any THC per serving and 50 mg of any THC per package.