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Cannabis caregiver

“Primary caregiver” means a person who is at least 21 years old and who has agreed to assist with a patient’s medical use of marijuana and who has never been convicted of a felony involving illegal drugs, a violent felony, or any felony within the past ten years.

“Medical use” means the acquisition, possession, cultivation, manufacture, use, internal possession, delivery, transfer, or transportation of marijuana or paraphernalia relating to the administration of marijuana to treat or alleviate a registered qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition.

There is a broad range of services which caregivers may choose to provide, and any number of individualized compensation arrangements.

Patients will need caregivers to help them acquire medical marijuana.

As a registered caregiver, you will be able to purchase marijuana for your patients from any source, be protected from arrest, and receive compensation for the service of procuring the marijuana.

Rule 27. (2) A primary caregiver who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege. for assisting a qualifying patient to whom he or she is connected through the department’s registration process with the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the act, if the primary caregiver possesses an amount of marijuana that does not exceed the following:

(sub1) Two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana for each registered qualifying patient to whom he or she is connected through the department’s registration process.

(sub2) For each registered qualifying patient who has specified that the registered primary caregiver will be allowed under state law to cultivate marijuana for the qualified patient, 12 marijuana plants kept in an enclosed locked facility.

(sub3) Any incidental amount of seeds, stalks, and unusable roots.

(3) An individual may simultaneously be registered as a qualifying patient and as a primary caregiver.

Patients will need caregivers to help them cultivate medical marijuana.

R 333.103 Rule 3. (1) (a) (iv) A designation of whether the qualifying patient or the patient’s primary caregiver, if applicable, will be allowed to possess marijuana plants for the qualifying patient’s medical use. The designation shall be determined based solely on the registered qualifying patient’s preference.

1) Patients will want to grow their own medical marijuana and will need caregivers to help them learn the process. They will need assistance with engineering and design, codes and construction, and set up and operation. They will also need help finding a quality medical strain and someone who will teach them how to grow it. This is a temporary caregiver position as the patient will ultimately be able to maintain the cultivation by themselves as over time they come to understand the whole process. This could take several weeks to several months, or more.

2) Patients will want a caregiver to grow their marijuana for them. The caregiver may cultivate up to 12 plants per patient and receive compensation for expenses and services provided. You can not charge the patient for marijuana because only the patient can own marijuana plants. Caregivers are simply professional gardeners in this instance.

Rule 15. (2) A registered primary caregiver may receive compensation for actual expenses, including reasonable compensation incurred for services provided to assist a registered qualifying patient in the medical use of marijuana, or for payment for expenses incurred in providing those services, or both.

Patients may need caregivers to assist with things unrelated to medical marijuana.

Caregivers may offer services such as grocery shopping, household chores and maintenance, rides to doctor appointments, or any other assistance or support.

A successful caregiver will adapt their service to address patient needs. Caregiver and patient should discuss their expectations at the outset of the relationship, should have a written contract outlining their agreement.

What is it that caregivers do

Medical Cannabis

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 & 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 & 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

For the purpose of this program, a Caregiver is a person designated to assist a registered patient whose certifying health care practitioner has also certified the patient’s need for assistance in administering medical cannabis or obtaining medical cannabis from a Cannabis Patient Center.

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If the patient wants to name Caregiver(s) to assist in obtaining or administering medical cannabis, the patient should ask the health care practitioner to allow them to add a Caregiver during the certification process. Parents and legal guardians of the patient may act as a Caregiver for the patient without going through the Caregiver approval process.

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

The Caregiver will also need to request a criminal background check via the Minnesota (MN) Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Caregiver background checks are required to be completed every two years. Active caregivers in the registry will be provided renewal notice.
The background check consent form can be found here: Designated Caregiver Background Check Informed Consent (PDF)

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

  1. A completed background check consent form;
  2. A check for $15.00 payable to: “MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension”; and
  3. 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, $15.00 CHECK AND 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 Caregiver account has been approved and they are able to assist the 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.

*If the certifying health care practitioner does not select the option for the patient to add Caregivers to their account during the initial certification process, the patient can ask the practitioner to allow them to add Caregivers at any time during their enrollment year.

Disposal Methods

Please refer to the document below regarding disposal method options for patients, parents/legal guardians and caregivers.

Patient Self-Evaluation Report

Parents, legal guardians, and caregivers can login to the registry to fill out the self-evaluation report that is required before additional medical cannabis can be dispensed for the patient.

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