Home Health & Wellness When And How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Becoming a card carrying medical marijuana patient has never been easier, for people who need it. There are a wide array of ailments that cannabis is prescribed to treat. These illnesses can be of the body and mind. It is important to get your card when you think cannabis can help you in the treatment of your sickness. It is natural and much less harmful than many other prescription drugs. Having your medicinal marijuana license will protect you from fines and incarceration if you are stopped by the police. However, it is important that you know the laws in your area to avoid any legal trouble. Having a card does not exempt one from all marijuana related offenses (especially as they pertain to intent to distribute or sales). This article will attempt to explore the different avenues of getting your license and how to stay within the boundaries of the law.

Medical marijuana cards are given away for a multitude of mental issues and a myriad of physical illnesses. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis

  • Nausea (Chemotherapy, etc.)

  • Seizures

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Increasing appetite (eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, etc.)

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cachexia

  • Migraine

  • Glaucoma

  • Pain

  • Spasticity

  • Wasting Syndrome

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There are many other disease (and just plain symptoms) that marijuana can be prescribed for. If you fit the requirements then it is time to start gathering what you need to get your medicinal ID card. First you need to make sure your condition is covered. You can find listings of acceptable conditions by state. If your condition does not fit the state’s requirements you can send in an appeal to request an exception to your local health department.

The next step is signing onto the registry system. Most states have this as a requirement to get your licensing. Familiarize yourself with the system. It will help you gain the knowledge you need to stay safe from law enforcement. What you will learn from studying it is the same thing law enforcement officers have to know in order to incarcerate you. It includes what your rights are on growing, possessing, transporting, and using marijuana.

Now, what do you want to do? Be a caregiver to help grow and deliver marijuana to your selected patient, be a patient yourself, or open your own dispensary? There are different laws regarding each of these, the strictest being those regarding dispensaries. The second strictest is the laws pertaining caregivers as they are not allowed to partake in a lot of marijuana related activities themselves. The most lenient laws are those of the actual patient. We will not get into opening a dispensary in this post as that is its own can of worms. Instead, we talk about the caregiver and the patient.

A caregiver is someone who is selected by a patient to help them obtain their medicine if unable to, help them grow cannabis, and so on. Caregivers cannot partake in the use of the substance, but can help the person they are registered to take care of ingest marijuana if the patient is unable to. The laws differ by county so check to make sure you are following all the current laws in your area.

Medical marijuana doctors tend to be very lenient on prescribing cannabis as a medicine. If you are truly sick you should have no problems in getting licensure. Still, it is important to find a good doctor. Most doctors charge a fee of around $100 to assess you, it would be a waste of money to not get the right one. Look up Yelp reviews or ask around to find a doctor who is compassionate, professional, and not too uptight.

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Before you visit your chosen doctor make sure you meet your state’s requirements. Many states have an age minimum of 18 years old. In some states you can also be disqualified for having been convicted of a felony drug offense. Make sure you know your limits on possession. As an example, Oregon allows possession of up to 28 ounces and lets you to grow 6 mature and 18 immature plants. So you can see how much the laws can vary, lets take a look at Alaska’s laws. Alaska allows you to be in possession of only one ounce and to grow 3 mature and 3 immature plants. To stay safe from the grips of the law, familiarize yourself with the laws and restrictions in your area. You must also know the reciprocity agreements. Most state’s don’t allow out of state medicinal cards, the only one’s that do are the following:

  • Arizona

  • Delaware

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Rhode Island

So, you’ve found your doctor and meet all the requirements. Now it’s time to make an appointment. You need to bring with you either your state issued identification card, passport, or your social security card. If you live in a state where being 18 is not a set-in-stone requirement, you need a letter from your parents that says that they consent to medicinal use of cannabis for your condition. You must also provide proof that you live in the county. Your driver’s license can be used if it states your current address, otherwise you need to provide personal bills or mortgage statements. Upon acceptance you will get written documentation from the doctor you’ve chosen stating that you are eligible to be a card carrying medicinal marijuana patient. This is your golden ticket.

Next you will complete an application form to enroll in the medical marijuana program. You will need to complete a similar form to renew your card, so at least it’s good practice. If you are under 18 you will need to have this form completed by your parent or guardian. Primary caregivers also need to fill out this application.

You’re almost there! Now, you have to prepare your payment. Full fees range from $100-$200 depending on your county. Some states allow Medicaid benefits or other income supplements. Your last step is submitting your materials to the county health department. In some areas this is done completely online, in other counties you need to mail the materials. Make sure you have everything you need; your documentation and your check or money order. Now all that you have to do is wait for your card to arrive. Flash forward approximately 10 days: Congratulations, you are now a card carrying medical marijuana patient! Smoke up!

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