Minnesota Statutes Health (Ch. 144-159) § 152.22. Definitions

Subdivision 1.Applicability.  For purposes of sections 152.22 to 152.37 , the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2.Commissioner.   “Commissioner” means the commissioner of health.

Subd. 3.Disqualifying felony offense.  “Disqualifying felony offense” means a violation of a state or federal controlled substance law that is a felony under Minnesota law, or would be a felony if committed in Minnesota, regardless of the sentence imposed, unless the commissioner determines that the person's conviction was for the medical use of cannabis or assisting with the medical use of cannabis.

Subd. 4.Health care practitioner.  “Health care practitioner” means a Minnesota licensed doctor of medicine, a Minnesota licensed physician assistant acting within the scope of authorized practice, or a Minnesota licensed advanced practice registered nurse who has the primary responsibility for the care and treatment of the qualifying medical condition of a person diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.

Subd. 5.Health records.  “Health records” means health records as defined in section 144.291, subdivision 2 , paragraph (c).

Subd. 6. Medical cannabis.  (a) “Medical cannabis” means any species of the genus cannabis plant, or any mixture or preparation of them, including whole plant extracts and resins, and is delivered in the form of:

(1) liquid, including, but not limited to, oil;

(2) pill;

(3) vaporized delivery method with use of liquid or oil but which does not require the use of dried leaves or plant form;  or

(4) any other method, excluding smoking, approved by the commissioner.

(b) This definition includes any part of the genus cannabis plant prior to being processed into a form allowed under paragraph (a), that is possessed by a person while that person is engaged in employment duties necessary to carry out a requirement under sections 152.22 to 152.37 for a registered manufacturer or a laboratory under contract with a registered manufacturer.

Subd. 7.Medical cannabis manufacturer.  “Medical cannabis manufacturer” or “manufacturer” means an entity registered by the commissioner to cultivate, acquire, manufacture, possess, prepare, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense medical cannabis, delivery devices, or related supplies and educational materials.

Subd. 8.Medical cannabis product.  “Medical cannabis product” means any delivery device or related supplies and educational materials used in the administration of medical cannabis for a patient with a qualifying medical condition enrolled in the registry program.

Subd. 9.Patient.  “Patient” means a Minnesota resident who has been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a health care practitioner and who has otherwise met any other requirements for patients under sections 152.22 to 152.37 to participate in the registry program under sections 152.22 to 152.37 .

Subd. 10.Patient registry number.  “Patient registry number” means a unique identification number assigned by the commissioner to a patient enrolled in the registry program.

Subd. 11.Registered designated caregiver.  “Registered designated caregiver” means a person who:

(1) is at least 21 years old;

(2) does not have a conviction for a disqualifying felony offense;

(3) has been approved by the commissioner to assist a patient who has been identified by a health care practitioner as developmentally or physically disabled and therefore unable to self-administer medication or acquire medical cannabis from a distribution facility due to the disability;  and

(4) is authorized by the commissioner to assist the patient with the use of medical cannabis.

Subd. 12.Registry program.  “Registry program” means the patient registry established in sections 152.22 to 152.37 .

Subd. 13.Registry verification.  “Registry verification” means the verification provided by the commissioner that a patient is enrolled in the registry program and that includes the patient's name, registry number, and qualifying medical condition and, if applicable, the name of the patient's registered designated caregiver or parent or legal guardian.

Subd. 14. Qualifying medical condition.  “Qualifying medical condition” means a diagnosis of any of the following conditions:

(1) cancer, if the underlying condition or treatment produces one or more of the following:

(i) severe or chronic pain;

(ii) nausea or severe vomiting;  or

(iii) cachexia or severe wasting;

(2) glaucoma;

(3) human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome;

(4) Tourette's syndrome;

(5) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;

(6) seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;

(7) severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis;

(8) inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease;

(9) terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following:

(i) severe or chronic pain;

(ii) nausea or severe vomiting;  or

(iii) cachexia or severe wasting;  or

(10) any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the commissioner.

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