Growing Marijuana In Minnesota

Marijuana is not legal in Minnesota, but the laws there make it very hard to get in trouble. Minnesota approved a medical marijuana program in 2014 and decriminalized possession before that.

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You have to do a lot to go to jail; that is reserved for those who have a lot (more than 1.5 ounces) of weed.  If you are a personal user of marijuana, you might have to pay a fine if caught, but you will not go to jail.

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No laws on growing

When it comes to growing marijuana, Minnesota has no specific laws, but if caught, any charges are based on the weight of the plant.  That means, if your plants are 42 grams or less you will only have up to a $200 fine, even less if it’s your first time.  In term of medical users, the state is more clear.

Growing Marijuana In Minnesota

Medical marijuana users are prohibited from growing their own plants. If they do grow weed in Minnesota, it will be the same legally as not being a part of the medical program.

Minnesota smoking laws

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is still in development, but they have already set some rules. One surprising rule is that they will not be allowing any smokable forms of marijuana.


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If you are treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cancer/cachexia, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, terminal illness or Tourette’s syndrome you will have to use edible preparations such as marijuana butter if you want to stay legal. 

If you want to make these things yourself, instead of paying a fortune at a dispensary, grow weed at home and make it yourself.

Pay your weed tax


It may be hard to get in trouble for using marijuana in Minnesota, but you need to remember to pay your weed tax! Minnesota participates in a tax stamp program that requires those purchasing marijuana to also purchase stamps to cover taxes. The tax rate in Minnesota is $3.50 per gram.

Also read How to open a dispensary in Minnesota

If you are caught with marijuana and do not have stamps with your weed, you will face a penalty of twice the original cost. There is also the chance of jail time and additional fines. Medical marijuana patients will not be required to buy stamps, but they will also not be allowed to have plants or smokable weed.

Growing weed in Minnesota

Although Minnesota is pretty nice about weed usage, they aren’t too happy about growers. For that reason, it is a good idea to grow as discretely as possible if you try your chances. You do not want to get caught, and if you do, that plant should be under 42 grams.

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FAQ about growing marijuana in Minnesota

Is marijuana legal in Minnesota?

Marijuana is not legal in Minnesota, but the laws are not as hard as they are in other places, If you are using marijuana for personal use, you might have to pay a fine if caught, but you will not go to jail

Is growing marijuana legal in Minnesota?

There are no specific laws on growing marijuana in Minnesota, but if you get caught, you’ll have to pay charges based on the weight of the plant. That means, anything over 42 grams you will get a fine of $200

Do I need to pay tax on weed in Minnesota?

Yes, Minnesota has a tax stamp program, so if you buy weed you are also required to buy purchase stamps to cover taxes. The tax rate in Minnesota is $3.50 per gram

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15 comments on “Growing Marijuana In Minnesota”

  1. Hello! Minnesota’s laws changed significantly this year and this article needs an update. I’m a business and cannabis attorney in Minnesota.

    ILGM folks, I’d be happy to update this page for your site – please contact me.

    In the meantime, others interested in Minnesota laws, feel free to reach out to us at North Star Cannabis Law ( for updated info for businesses and individuals!

    • Hi Jen,

      Thanks for your message! We are aware that some of these uploads are fairly outdated. We’re working on getting everything up to speed though.
      We do really appreciate you letting us know as well as providing a link with more accurate current information, thank you!

      Kind regards,

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for your comment! Some of these articles on the legal status in specific states need to be updated. We are working on this.
      Our apologies for the incorrect information presented in this article.

      Kind regards,

  2. I am moving to my family’s property in spring to start a homesteading.
    It is by randall mn
    I am a iowa farm boy with a dream to grow other than corn and beans. Lol