Currently, residents and tourists are not able to legally purchase any amount of cannabis for recreational use. However, the state does permit card-carrying patients to purchase cannabis from licensed medical dispensaries.

In order to purchase cannabis from a medical dispensary, residents must first obtain a medical marijuana card proving that they have one or more of the qualifying conditions set into place by the state. Minnesota currently faces some controversy for holding one of the shortest lists of qualifying conditions in the country, these conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette's syndrome, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's Disease, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than one year, or intractable pain.

In addition to holding one of these conditions, patients must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to present valid proof of age as well as valid proof or residency within the state of Minnesota.

Once a patient has been diagnosed with one or more of the conditions listed above, they must obtain legitimate medical records from their licensed physician and have their physician register them with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Once a patient has received their medical marijuana cards they are permitted to purchase cannabis from and one of the eight registered Minnesota dispensaries in the form of pills, oils, topical treatments and in some cases edibles. However, patients are not permitted to purchase nor consume smokeable cannabis, only non-smokeable methods are permitted by law.

Also, it's important to remember that no amount of cannabis, purchased legally or otherwise, is permitted to be taken outside of state borders. Doing so can be classified as a felony no matter the amount.