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3 Requirements You Need to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

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February 18, 2015 9:00 AM

3_Requirements_You_Need_to_Get_a_Medical_Marijuana_CardFor most patients, getting a medical marijuana card seems like the golden ticket for finally feeling relief after years of traditional treatments failing. Having a medical marijuana card allows you legal access to medicinal cannabis. However, the process can seem confusing, frowned upon, or nearly impossible to complete. Doctors aren’t prescribing this alternative treatment as easily as they do pharmaceutical drugs. Specific steps need to be taken in order to get access and some requirements need to be met.

Luckily, with the right guidance and information, you can be on your way to owning a medical marijuana card without much difficulty. Once you are knowledgeable about the process, it isn’t as difficult or confusing as many patients seem to believe that it is. To get you started, here are three requirements you’ll need in order to get your medical marijuana card.

Proof of Residence

Firstly, you’ll need proof of residence. This can easily be proven with a valid driver’s licence. Medical marijuana isn’t legal everywhere. It’s currently legal in all of Canada and in 23 states and Washington, D.C. in the U.S.

However, the legalization of medicinal cannabis is on the rise. In 2014 alone, three new states have been added to the list, and there are currently other states with pending legislature. If you don’t reside in a state that currently legalizes its use, unfortunately, you’ll have to stop here as you won’t be able to get a medical marijuana card. However, keep up to date with the local politics, because it may well become law where you live in the near future.

Eligible Condition

If you live in an area that has medical marijuana laws in place, then your next step is to make sure your condition is listed as eligible for access to medical cannabis. These lists of eligibility vary by state, so check out your local law on this subject.

Severe, debilitating, or terminal illnesses, like cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS, are on just about every list and will pretty much guarantee that you’re eligible. Other conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, anorexia, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, nausea, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and hepatitis C are on many but not all eligibility lists.

However, some areas are more focused on your symptoms rather than your condition and it’s up to a doctor to decide your eligibility. If you can prove through a diagnosis that you have chronic pain because of a condition that isn’t on the list of eligibility, you may still be eligible.

Doctor’s Documents

The last and most important step to getting your medical marijuana card is finding a doctor to sign your forms. However, not all doctors are on board with prescribing medicinal cannabis, so you might have to find a new doctor for this part. Many physicians don’t feel qualified to prescribe it; others don’t believe there is enough scientific evidence to warrant its prescription, while others are just firmly against its use for moral reasons. Whatever the reason may be, your doctor could just say no to your request.

Luckily, there are medical marijuana clinics and doctors out there that specifically work with patients looking for a cannabis prescription. So if you have a diagnosis of an eligible condition, you’ll most likely be able to get a card once you find the right doctor. It might just take a little bit of research to find a clinic that will provide the services you require.

If you have established these three requirements, then you’re on your way to getting a medical marijuana card.


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How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card

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October 31, 2014 3:00 PM

How-to-Apply-for-a-Medical-Marijuana-CardPharmaceutical drugs are not for everyone. They may not effectively treat the symptoms of your illness, they can have severe and dangerous side effects, and they can be highly addictive. If you are thinking of using an alternative treatment for any of these reasons, medical cannabis may be for you.

Receiving a medical marijuana card will allow you to obtain legal cannabis as a treatment for an illness. However, medical cannabis is surrounded by politics and controversy, so you have to follow the government's process for applying for your medical marijuana card. Here's how to apply.

Research Eligibility Conditions

Because the government strictly controls access and authorization to medically prescribed cannabis, patients cannot get medical marijuana cards for all illnesses. Not all conditions warrant a prescription, so do some research to see if you qualify. In Canada, there are two categories of eligibility. The first encompasses symptoms of serious illnesses that haven't been decreased by typical pharmaceutical drugs; this includes severe pain caused by MS, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, cancer, arthritis, and spinal cord injury. The second category covers a larger group of serious illnesses not included in the first category, but where typical therapies have failed.

See Your Doctor

If you believe your condition or symptoms make you eligible for a medical marijuana card, the next step is to talk to your doctor to discuss obtaining a prescription. At the appointment, give your doctor a detailed explanation of your illness and symptoms, why pharmaceutical drugs haven't worked for you in the past and why you believe you can benefit from medical cannabis. If you have already been smoking marijuana to lessen your symptoms, discuss how often you smoke, when you started, how it affects your symptoms, and how much you are smoking.

Get a second opinion.

Many workers in the medical community are hesitant or strongly against prescribing medical marijuana to patients. If you have talked to your physician and he or she has not agreed to complete the forms to get you to the next step of the process, get a second opinion. Some doctors are more sympathetic to this request, but you must ensure that the doctor who agrees to sign your forms is backed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has a class 1 narcotics licence.

Decide on Your Supply Source

Once you have found a doctor who will declare that traditional treatments haven't decreased your symptoms, you can move on to the next step: deciding on the supply source that is right for you. Your options are getting dried marijuana directly from Health Canada or finding a licensed producer to register with.

It's Time to Apply

If the steps above have all been successfully accomplished, it's time to apply for your medical marijuana card. Contact Health Canada to get your application form. If you chose to register with a producer, you will need to discuss the application procedure with him. You can expect to wait from ten weeks to many months for the government to process your application. Times can vary based on the completeness of your answers, and patients with terminal conditions take priority, so your application might get pushed back for these reasons.


Once you have fully and successfully completed your application with Health Canada and provided all the necessary documentation, you simply have to wait the required time before you hear from the government to see if you qualify for your card.


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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

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September 15, 2014 9:00 AM

how-to-get-a-medical-marijuana-cardEach state has its own laws about how to get a medical marijuana card, which allows a patient to purchase a certain amount of medical marijuana. Washington is the only state so far that does not require you to have a card to consume marijuana. Most states require a professional physician willing to recommend cannabis for treatment and that the patient apply with a state registry system. States that recognize patients from other states include Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan and Rhode Island. The following information provides the steps on how to get a medical marijuana card and some of the differences in various states.

Basic Steps

1. Determine if you are in a state that has legalized medical marijuana. Some states have recently passed laws allowing cannabis for patient use, but have yet to implement infrastructures on the registration process.

2. Talk with your doctor to find out if you have a medical condition that can be treated with medical marijuana. Some states only approve cards for specific conditions, while certain states such as California and Massachusetts leave it up to doctor recommendations.

3. Ask your doctor to provide a written statement that recommends you use medical marijuana as treatment. Although many doctors are reluctant to prescribe cannabis, a growing number of doctors admit that the drug's benefits outweigh risks in certain situations. 

4. If you cannot find a doctor willing to provide a written recommendation to get a medical marijuana card, contact the THC Foundation, which can help you find a doctor that supports cannabis.

5. Find out from your local and state government offices if there are additional requirements and fees for you to obtain a medical marijuana card. Most states require that you present a government-issued ID and medical documentation. It typically takes about 4 to 6 weeks to receive the card once you are approved. Cards are usually issued at the state government level within a division that overseas health or drug enforcement.


Under Proposition 203, the Arizona Department of Health Services issues medical marijuana cards for patients and caregivers. If you are starting a dispensary, you need to apply for a Dispensary Registration Certificate. If you follow the requirements of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, then you cannot be penalized by the state. However, there are still many uses of cannabis not protected by the law.


You can apply for a MMIC card through your county health department, which must accompany a doctor's recommendation, although the state does not specify medical conditions. You must also present a government ID such as a driver's license and proof of a physical residency in the state.  Fees vary in different counties.


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issues mandatory Medical Marijuana Registry ID cards for patients. The state has separate laws for medical and recreational use. 


The state Narcotics Enforcement Division processes applications for a "Blue Card”, which allows residents to grow, possess and use cannabis within limits. For example, you can grow up to three plants at one time and possess up to three ounces of dry cannabis.


The state Department of Public Health issues medical marijuana registration cards, exempting individuals from criminal and civil penalties. The patient needs a medical marijuana certificate provided by a licensed physician who has conducted an assessment of their medical condition. 


The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) provides that the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division oversee the state registry system known as the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Even though Oregon residency is not required, only state cardholders are protected by the OMMA.


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