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Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Oct 5

How to get a medical cannabis card

The cannabis market is expanding rapidly and there are many options. If you have chronic pain or need to buy THC-rich products, you can also grow your own marijuana plants at home.

Most people are curious about how to obtain a medical cannabis card. Many options are available if you have a recommendation from your doctor to use cannabis. Take this example:

Products with higher levels of THC may be more appropriate for you (i.e., 10% or greater). This will give patients who most need it access to cannabis without the worry of getting into trouble or finding relief difficult because they don't live near dispensaries. It is also a way to make sure everyone has what they need, even if the supply arrives a little too quickly.

Conditions for eligibility

A doctor can only recommend cannabis to you if you meet certain conditions or can help with these medical issues.

  • Cancer

  • Migraine

  • Glaucoma

  • Nausea

  • Seizures

  • Arthritis

  • Anorexia

  • Muscle spasms

  • Autism

  • Sickle cell disease

  • AIDS

  • Multiple sclerosis.

Talk to a doctor who is licensed to issue the card.

You will need to have certification from a doctor that has been specially trained to administer medical cannabis to you in order to obtain your card. This is how you can do it:

You must be approved by IDP and certified by your state's health professional registry. They can also apply through them if they are registered in the CMMC program (Healthcare Professionals who Prescribe Medical Cannabis). To find a list if registered practitioners in the region, you should contact your state's department of health. They can help you find the right person to diagnose your condition and give treatment if necessary.

Talk to your doctor to discuss your plans

The first step in receiving medical marijuana is to have your application evaluated by a qualified cannabis specialist. This will allow you to determine if your health conditions are suitable for the card and also help you and your doctor create an effective treatment plan. To be eligible for the card, each state must meet its own eligibility requirements.

You may be required to register with the Health Department

In some states, medical marijuana patients must jump through hoops to find the state's program. New York and Connecticut for instance require that you register at the health department to get any cards. It can be frustrating, but not difficult, especially if it's something your doctor recommended.

Your health insurance company will send you an e-mail confirmation once the doctor has approved. You may also be able to get paper copies of all documents via post. This will allow you to safely store them until they are needed again.

Use your card at the dispensary after you've received it

You may have to wait a few weeks for your card to arrive. You might be provided with a temporary card to use at dispensaries while you wait.

Talk to a pharmacist to see if the dispensary offers it. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions.