No. There are currently no approved recreational marijuana dispensaries in Saint Paul, as recreational marijuana is prohibited statewide in Minnesota. Chapter 250 of the Saint Paul Municipal Code also bans the sale of adult-use marijuana within the city limits.
Yes. Currently, there is only one medical marijuana dispensary in Saint Paul. You can purchase medical cannabis in the form of concentrates, edibles, tinctures, paraphernalia, flower, pre-rolls, and vaporizers in Saint Paul.
Yes. You may legally purchase weed online from dispensaries in Saint Paul. You may pick up your orders in-store or curbside.
You cannot visit an approved adult-use marijuana dispensary as there are no authorized Saint Paul recreational marijuana dispensaries. However, you can visit a medical marijuana dispensary in the city if you are 18 or older. Before entering a Saint Paul medical marijuana dispensary, a dispensary staff will scan your ID to verify your identity. The dispensary will also verify your registration under the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program.
Saint Paul dispensaries accept cash or debit cards. However, credit cards are not accepted. You may use an ATM on-site to withdraw cash for your purchases. Curbside pick-ups are permitted, and you may speak with patient care specialists at the dispensaries on anything cannabis. Note that you cannot purchase more than the stipulated limits under Minnesota law. Also, it is not allowed to use medical marijuana products at the premises of the dispensary.
The following are dispensary laws in Saint Paul:
Recreational marijuana dispensaries are illegal
Medical marijuana dispensaries are permitted to operate in the city
Medical marijuana dispensaries may not sell medical cannabis beyond 30-day supplies to patients in a single transaction
Cannabis consumption in medical dispensing facilities is not permitted
Medical marijuana dispensaries may only sell to persons registered under the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program
Recreational cannabis possession, sale, and consumption are illegal in Saint Paul pursuant to the prohibition of the substance statewide in Minnesota. However, possessing up to 42.5 grams or 1.5 ounces of cannabis in Minnesota is considered a petty misdemeanor. Possessing or selling up to 42.5 grams of marijuana will result in a fine of up to $200. Possessing more than 42.5 grams is considered a felony and may result in fines of up to $10,000 and up to five years of imprisonment.
For first-time offenders, the court may impose a conditional sentence and an educational course as part of the sentence. The penalties for cultivation are identical to those for possession and sale and depend on the total weight of the cannabis plants cultivated.
Medical marijuana is legal in Saint Paul pursuant to the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Act passed into law in 2014. The Act created a state-maintained registry that allowed registered residents access to medical cannabis in all Minnesota jurisdictions. To access medical cannabis in Saint Paul, residents must provide medical cannabis recommendations from qualified healthcare providers. After completing an online or in-store medical cannabis evaluation form, registered patients may obtain medical cannabis at a dispensary based on the cannabis dosages prescribed by on-site pharmacists. Patients are required to keep their medical marijuana products in their original containers when they are not on their private properties.
Medical marijuana cards are not issued in Saint Paul or Minnesota, unlike in other states. However, the State of Minnesota still requires residents to register under its medical cannabis program before purchasing or consuming medical cannabis. To be eligible to register under the program, you must reside in Saint Paul or another Minnesota jurisdiction and be certified for a minimum of one of the qualifying medical conditions. Some of the approved conditions for medical cannabis use include HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease, intractable pain, cancer, autism, PTSD, seizures, and terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than 12 months.
To register under the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program, follow these steps:
You should ask for an appointment summary and a list of your current medication during your visit to the healthcare practitioner. This will be required during your visit to the dispensary. After the healthcare provider certifies your condition, you will receive an email from the OMC containing the certified condition and your unique medical cannabis registry online enrollment link
Enroll: Follow the link in the mail from the OMC and gather the following:
Government-issued photo identification, passport, or driver's license
A government medical assistance plan document, if applicable. This qualifies you for a discounted annual registration fee
A parent or legal guardian or spouse ID and birth or marriage certificate, if applicable. This is not optional if you are not a minor
Credit card, debit card, or checking or savings account routing information to pay the annual enrollment fee of $200. The discounted fee is $50
Your application review may take up to 30 days. The OMC will contact you by mail once your application has been approved. Note that registration in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program requires an annual re-enrollment. Once your enrollment is approved, you can access your registry profile and print a verification (not required). You may then pick up medical cannabis at a nearby medical marijuana dispensary.
For more information on enrolling in the Minnesota medical cannabis registry, call the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program at (651) 201-5598 or review the reference guide for adult medical cannabis patients. You may also visit the medical cannabis patient registration page of the Minnesota Department of Health website or contact the Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis at:
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Saint Paul residents registered under the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program may use cannabis on private properties. Cannabis, even for medical purposes, may not be consumed in public places and locations where it is illegal to consume tobacco. Medical cannabis may not be carried or consumed:
On the grounds of a preschool, primary, or secondary school
On a van or school bus
In any correctional facility
On the grounds of a childcare facility or home daycare
On the premises of federal facilities, such as post offices, airports, courthouses, and national parks
You should also ask about the cannabis consumption rules before booking your stay in a motel, hotel, or vacation rental. If you reside in a rented apartment, you should also check your lease agreement or speak with your property manager to ensure there are no rules prohibiting medical cannabis use on such properties.
Currently, you cannot purchase adult-use cannabis legally in Saint Paul as recreational dispensaries are illegal in the city. However, you can buy medical cannabis by ordering online in the city. If you do not know the addresses and operating hours of dispensaries near you, you may put the search term “weed dispensaries near me” in an online search engine to find more information.
Before visiting a Saint Paul medical cannabis dispensary, you must complete and submit the Patient Self-Evaluation online. The assessment is available in your medical cannabis registry account on the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Registry. You can also have a registered caregiver complete the evaluation if you have designated one. The patient self-evaluation test is required each time you plan to purchase medical marijuana. A medical marijuana dispensary staff will approve your patient self-evaluation before or at the time of pick-up.
Ensure you take a government-issued photo ID and a prescribed medication list. The list of medications is required for your first appointment at the dispensary or when your medications change. You must also take your visit summary from your healthcare practitioner who issued you a medical cannabis recommendation, especially for your first appointment. You should take cash along when visiting a Saint Paul medical cannabis dispensary, as transactions are usually completed using cash. Upon getting to a medical cannabis dispensary, a pharmacist at the facility will review your medical cannabis registry account and recommend medication.
The average spend for a 30-day supply of medical cannabis in Saint Paul is $280.
Some popular cannabis strains in Saint Paul are:
Super Silver Haze
Cherry Chem OG
No. Smoking cannabis in public places, such as banks, schools, bars, parks, sidewalks, and streets in Saint Paul, is illegal. Vaping or smoking medical marijuana is illegal in public transportation, indoor or outdoor areas used by or open to the public, and employment places. It is also unlawful to vape or smoke medical cannabis when operating machinery in a location where a minor who is not a patient can inhale vapor, or where a minor may inhale smoke.
Saint Paul residents not registered as medical cannabis patients may possess up to 42.5 grams of cannabis. Registered patients in the city may possess up to 30-day supplies of medical cannabis at dosages determined by the pharmacists at approved medical cannabis dispensaries.
No. Transporting cannabis into Saint Paul over state lines is illegal. Cannabis transportation across state lines in Minnesota is a violation of federal law. Note that the federal Controlled Substance Act lists cannabis as a banned substance.
You cannot currently order adult-use cannabis online in Saint Paul, as recreational marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in the city. However, you can order medical cannabis online from Saint Paul medical marijuana dispensaries.
No. There are currently no 24-hour dispensaries in the city.
No. Tourists cannot use dispensaries in Saint Paul.
You must present a government-issued ID to verify your identity when picking up an order at a Saint Paul medical cannabis dispensary. Recreational marijuana dispensaries do not exist in the city, as adult-use cannabis is illegal statewide.
Only Rise medical cannabis dispensary is currently approved to operate in Saint Paul.
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Saint Paul scan customers’ IDs to verify their identities.
Only one cannabis dispensary is approved to operate in Saint Paul. The facility dispenses medical cannabis to registered Saint Paul medical cannabis patients.
Saint Paul cannabis dispensaries do not accept credit cards. Transactions are typically completed by cash or debit cards.
Currently, only one dispensary operates in the city. Hence, you can only visit one dispensary in the jurisdiction. However, no laws restrict residents from visiting multiple dispensaries when other dispensing locations open in the city.
No. Cannabis dispensaries in Saint Paul do not accept health insurance.
Yes. Saint Paul weed dispensaries are required to keep track of sales on their premises.
No. You cannot enter a recreational cannabis dispensary in Saint Paul, as there are no legal adult-use marijuana dispensaries in the city. Persons aged 18 or older may visit medical dispensing facilities. However, if you are under 18, you may require the help of your caregiver to purchase medical cannabis in the city.
The Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) in the Minnesota Department of Health oversees cannabis activities statewide in Minnesota. You can find the OMC’s contact information on the Department of Health’s website.
To report illegal cannabis activities in Saint Paul, contact the Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis by calling (651) 201-5598 or toll-free at (844) 879-3381. You may also file a report to the Saint Paul Police Department.