The Green Way: Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in 3 Easy Steps

Have you made the decision to include medical marijuana as a part of your therapy program? If so, then your next move is getting a medical marijuana card so you can legally access the supply you need. You could also consider different options like Delta-8 THC, as outlined in this Herald Net article. Whatever you choose, these three simple steps will get you through the process with little to no hassle at all!

Get a written recommendation from a doctor

If you’ve researched medical marijuana use and want to give it a go, the first step is finding a doctor licensed by your state to prescribe medical marijuana.

There are 29 states (plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico) which allow medical marijuana use. Dispensaries in each of these states will often have a list of licensed doctors posted on their websites. In some cases, the dispensary will have doctors on its team and can assist you in making the appointment.

The doctor you go to will look into your existing condition and medical history in order to decide whether you meet the state’s criteria and whether to recommend you for the card. This may entail gaining access to your medical (and possibly prescription) records.

Fill out the necessary paperwork

This part of the process varies depending on which state you live in. In some states, an online application is all you need, while in others you must fill out the actual form then either drop it off at the relevant health department or mail it in.

Regardless of which it is, you can expect that the application will ask for basic information such as your name, address and contact number. You may also be asked to provide details of your medical history and the current condition you are hoping to treat with marijuana.

Persons living in Canada who wish to access medical marijuana, must register with a licensed provider. What each provider offers will differ. For instance, with marijuana provider Aleafia: medical cannabis clinics, a home-visit program and a self-referral sleep aid program are all available.

Submit required documents

Along with the application for your medical marijuana ID card, and the written recommendation from your doctor, you may be asked to submit state issued identification (such as your driver’s license) and proof of address or residency in the state. A utility bill will usually suffice as proof of address, but you may also choose to use your motor vehicle’s registration documents or a current rent/mortgage agreement. You should also check on state specific requirements, such as the details for getting an MMJ card renewal in AZ, for example. it can vary slightly in state to state, as there are different legal requirements. 

One other thing you will have to hand over is the fee associated with getting your card. This can be in the range of $100 to $250 depending on which state you are in. Discounts may be applied if you are a beneficiary of state-aid, Medicaid, Social Security Disability or any other similar program. After the state’s mandatory review period (a few days to a few weeks), your card will either be mailed to you or you can go pick it up.

If you think medical marijuana is for you, then with the three easy step outlined above you will soon be enjoying the relaxing relief it can provide. Go for it!

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