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4 Easy Steps In Getting a Medical Marijuana Card
Getting a medical marijuana card might cause confusion to patients. Here is what you need to
know it, and on how you can get one:
What is a medical marijuana card?
Think of a medical marijuana card as your ticket in order to get access to marijuana legally. A
medical marijuana card, also known as cannabis card, serves as an identification card by patients
in order to purchase cannabis. It also allows them to grow marijuana at home and have access to
medical cannabis delivery services.
Now, you might think that getting one is difficult. You might be surprised; you can actually get it
following these five easy steps:
1. Present proof of residence
As we all know, individual laws in some states in the US legalize marijuana. Some states that
legalize marijuana are Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Moreover, state
jurisdictions result to variations in limitations in marijuana use, card fees, etc.
The first thing is to prove that you are a resident of the state, which legalizes marijuana.
Presenting a valid driver’s license will be fine.
2. Get recommendation from a licensed physician
As mentioned, individual state laws vary. Hence, diseases that have eligible access to medical
marijuana vary by state too. The most common diseases approved are colitis, emphysema,
irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, brain or head injury, migraine,
nausea, asthma and anxiety.
In Canada, the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), which was
announced in August 2016, emphasizes the importance of having a doctor’s recommendation.
This is important, as the doctor must diagnose and must approve of you, using marijuana for
medical reasons. Bot you as a patient and the doctor, must agree that marijuana is an effective
treatment option. Your doctor will also provide you with the right marijuana dosage.
There are numerous medical marijuana clinics and doctors that specifically work with cannabis
prescription. It is important to find the right doctor, as others might not approve of medical
cannabis use due to moral standards.
In California, only written letters are accepted. The letter must be in an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper
with your name, date, patient ID #, expiration date (medical marijuana card in California must be
renewed annually), a doctor’s signature, embossed seal, and a way to certify its authenticity
either online or by phone.
3. Pay state fees
Once you have your doctor’s documents, it is time for the state to approve of your condition.
Here, state fees vary, as individual state laws vary too. In California, you can get a cannabis card
4. Follow-up visits
After getting your medical marijuana card, regular follow-ups are conducted in order to track
your progress. Prescription is renewed regularly, depending on state laws. In Canada,
prescription is usually renewed every three months.
Following this four-step process will surely get you a cannabis card. In some states like
Colorado, you can even apply online and get your card within two to three working days.