How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card [Complete Guide]

May 16, 2017

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When all traditional treatments fail, medical marijuana can serve as a boon to many ailing patients. But seeking marijuana as a treatment drug requires several procedures and tasks to be accomplished. The first step involves getting an MMJ which authorizes a patient to possess medical marijuana.

There are three basic requirements to fulfill to obtain the Medical Marijuana Card:

1. Proof of Address

The address proof can be easily validated with a driver’s license. Since marijuana is not legal in all the U.S states, you cannot obtain a medical marijuana card in a state that you do not reside in. Although the number of states that are legalizing the medical use of cannabis is on the rise, there are still legal restrictions.

2. Eligibility

A person has to be first diagnosed with a chronic health condition which makes him eligible for an MMJ card. Patients who are suffering from the following are eligible in almost every U.S. state to get an MMID card.

  • Aids
  • Cancer
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD
  • Cachexia
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Severe pain
  • Health conditions approved by the Department of Health and Human Services

Please note that not all state permit direct contact with marijuana buds. In some states marijuana consumption can only be done through cannabis oil.

Apart from the above-mentioned diseases, it’s the doctor who decides whether you are eligible for medical cannabis treatment. There are some states that focus more on the patient’s symptom rather than the patient’s health condition. If your medical condition does not qualify on the list of diseases qualifying for Cannabis treatment, and still the doctor feels that you can be prescribed the drug, then according to your state rules you may be entitled to medical marijuana treatment.

3. Doctor’s approval

Not all doctors are willing to prescribe marijuana for treatments. So only when a doctor signs your documents after verifying your address proof and evaluating on the eligibility yardstick, can you either apply for a card through your state’s Board of Health or get an MMJ card online. This depends on your state’s laws.

In the U.S, there are medical marijuana clinics and specialized doctors that work towards giving patients cannabis recommendations. You might have to do some research in this respect, but you will definitely find a clinic that deems you fit for a marijuana prescription. There are charges levied by the doctor for their consultation.

Your medical expert should be a certified practitioner who will tell you the fee involved in obtaining an MMJ card. The card is generally issued for one year though the time period may vary in different states, depending on the nature and intensity of your ailment. The MMJ card is necessary for all states except a few that are now recreational. In California and Maine for example, issuing of cards is not mandatory for getting Medical cannabis treatment as – although the card provides greater protection under the law. 

Once you obtain a medical marijuana card, you can purchase the marijuana from dispensaries which are authorized to sell. Medical stores selling marijuana can also be found online. Patients can also apply for the MMJ card online. Charges are paid to the state for the registration and issue of the card.

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I'm a passionate writer and copy editor living in Las Vegas, NV. My love for cannabis developed a bit later than most but it's never too late to put my writing talents to good use as a cannabis advocate. I also enjoy topics such as, health, fitness, spirituality and self-empowerment.

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