(a) Prior to a patient's enrollment in the registry program, a health care practitioner shall:
(1) determine, in the health care practitioner's medical judgment, whether a patient suffers from a qualifying medical condition, and, if so determined, provide the patient with a certification of that diagnosis;
(2) determine whether a patient is developmentally or physically disabled and, as a result of that disability, the patient is unable to self-administer medication or acquire medical cannabis from a distribution facility, and, if so determined, include that determination on the patient's certification of diagnosis;
(3) advise patients, registered designated caregivers, and parents or legal guardians who are acting as caregivers of the existence of any nonprofit patient support groups or organizations;
(4) provide explanatory information from the commissioner to patients with qualifying medical conditions, including disclosure to all patients about the experimental nature of therapeutic use of medical cannabis; the possible risks, benefits, and side effects of the proposed treatment; the application and other materials from the commissioner; and provide patients with the Tennessen warning as required by section 13.04, subdivision 2; and
(5) agree to continue treatment of the patient's qualifying medical condition and report medical findings to the commissioner.
(b) Upon notification from the commissioner of the patient's enrollment in the registry program, the health care practitioner shall:
(1) participate in the patient registry reporting system under the guidance and supervision of the commissioner;
(2) report health records of the patient throughout the ongoing treatment of the patient to the commissioner in a manner determined by the commissioner and in accordance with subdivision 2;
(3) determine, on a yearly basis, if the patient continues to suffer from a qualifying medical condition and, if so, issue the patient a new certification of that diagnosis; and
(4) otherwise comply with all requirements developed by the commissioner.
(c) Nothing in this section requires a health care practitioner to participate in the registry program.
Data collected on patients by a health care practitioner and reported to the patient registry are health records under section 144.291, and are private data on individuals under section 13.02, but may be used or reported in an aggregated, nonidentifiable form as part of a scientific, peer-reviewed publication of research conducted under section 152.25 or in the creation of summary data, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 19.