We provide Medical Cannabis evaluations and certifications in Minnesota
While medical cannabis has not yet become mainstream treatment, and while it is still not legalized on the federal level, we are now able to use it in treatment of some conditions in Minnesota. Many people have had good results. Dr. Mirman of Life Medical realized its benefit and has been on the fore front of legislative effort to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota from the beginning. Read Dr. Mirman’s article in support of medical marijuana in April 2014 edition of Minnesota Medicine Magazine, a publication of Minnesota Medical Association.
This service is a cash only option (meaning your health care plan will not pay for it, but you can pay with cash or credit card). We feel HSA accounts should cover this service, but you should check for yourself (we would be happy to provide you with a statement that the service is medically necessary in our opinion). The fee to be certified is $250. For patients we originally certified, re-certification (annual) will cost $200. This fee is for the certification process only, not regular medical care or any testing necessary for the certification process, which may be covered by your health care plan. We may also bill your health care plan for the visit, but you will not be responsible
for any co-pays or deductibles, as we will apply the certification fee to cover these. Please note that Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis will charge you its own processing fees.
Disabled US veterans get 10% discount. Please bring some disability document to confirm this.
We realize that it may be difficult for some people to make it to the clinic in person. Unfortunately, certification is not allowed at this point without an in-person visit, so doing it on Skype or another video-conferencing platform will not work. Dr. Mirman can see you at home for the purpose of certification. The fee for this service is in addition to the above certification fee. House calls within 10 mile radius of the clinic are $200, and any additional distance is $10 per mile.
Our providers will perform an evaluation, determine eligibility and certify the patient on the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis website. Once the patient is certified by our doctors, Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis will do its investigation and approve the patient in accordance with Minnesota law.
We offer continued comprehensive care for all patient’s conditions, including those qualified for the Medical Cannabis Program. Ongoing follow-up and care for the qualified conditions is required under Minnesota law. This care may be covered by your health care plan. We will need to carry out at least one follow-up several months after the certification visit in order to be able to report your progress to the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis as required. This visit may be billed to your health care plan. All non-covered co-pays and deductibles incurred for this required follow-up will be covered by the certification fee paid initially. Please call our office at 952-933-8900 if you have any questions about our program before you come for your appointment.
The program using medical marijuana is limited to patients with the following conditions:
- Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea
or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting.
- Tourette Syndrome.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
- Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy.
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including
those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis.
- Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease.
- Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less
than one year*
- Intractable pain.*To qualify for the program, you must suffer from cancer or a terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if your illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain; nausea or severe vomiting; or Cachexia or severe wasting.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD.
- Autism and Sleep Apnea will become qualified conditions in July 2017
For more information on Medical Cannabis from the Minnesota Department of Health, including dispensary information, click on the link below: