Medical marijuana has spread prominently through the nation as a safe, natural medication for a number of health conditions. Many Americans have decided that marijuana is the right medication to treat their ailments. To legally do this, it is a good idea to get your medical marijuana card.
If you have decided to obtain a medical marijuana card, or are considering obtaining one, this guide will be very helpful for you. We’re going to outline the simple steps involved in getting medical marijuana certified.
Before taking any of these steps, however, make sure to be familiar with your state’s laws on medical marijuana and obtaining a card. We are avid in making sure that all of the state laws are up to date and correct, but in the end you are the one responsible of making sure you abiding by laws.
1. Make sure you have a qualifying medical condition
Different states have different guidelines on what conditions they will allow you to obtain medical marijuana for. Make sure you do your homework on this issue and make sure you can get a card before you waste your time. Though some states are more strict, some universal conditions include:
- Chron’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
Remember, there are other conditions that can be treated using prescribed cannabis. The health ailments listed above don’t cover all states, but instead, are a general outline.
2. Get a complete copy of your official medical records.
It is required for you to provide a legit copy of your medical records to the doctor that is prescribing you medical marijuana. You might be a little bit freaked out about asking your main health care provider for copies of these records, but there are laws in place that protect you from this aspect. Should you submit a request, doctors are required to provide you copies of your records.
If you would prefer not to go directly to your physician and ask for a copy of your health records, your marijuana doctor can obtain a complete direct transfer. This is done by submitting a form and faxing it to your primary health provider. They then compile the documents needed and fax them over to your marijuana doctor. Though this can save you some time and hassle, not all medical marijuana prescribers offer this service.
3. Choose your medical marijuana doctor and make an appointment:
It might seem impossible to find a doctor who believes in the work of medical marijuana, but though it might be tricky, it is possible. Most doctors that do this, do so through clinics. These types of clinics are often listed online and promote the fact that they prescribe medical marijuana.
Once you find a trusted and legit medical marijuana doctor, it’s time to make an appointment. Though some clinics do allow walk-ins, make sure you call ahead of time to become familiar with the method the clinic utilizes.
We’ve created a useful tool to help you find medical marijuana doctors near you.
4. Show up for your appointment on time and be prepared for a full examination.
As with any type of appointment, make sure you arrive to your certification appointment 15 minutes early. This will allow you to be sure you are there in time for your appointment and to fill out any necessary paperwork.
Once you are put into a room, you will probably wait a few minutes for the doctor to show up. When he does, he will probably look over your medical history (using the records you provide) and ask you some questions related to your lifestyle, medical condition, and why you think marijuana is right for you.
Though these may seem like very straightforward questions, it is vital that you are up front and honest with your doctor. Though he/she is only trying to help you, marijuana doctors are used to patients that lie about their health conditions in order to get a medical marijuana card to legally use cannabis. Your doctor will be able to tell if you are not being serious.
Once your doctor is sure that you have a medical marijuana treatable condition and agrees that this type of medication will help you, you will likely be given a prescription for medical marijuana.
5. Fill out the correct application for your state.
Though you have just been given a prescription for marijuana, you are still not legal. You need to first get approved by the state. This is done by filling out and submitting the correct paperwork.
Each state’s process for obtaining a medical marijuana card is different. Your doctor will provide you with plenty of paperwork that you will need to submit with your application. They may also provide you with the correct application and a service to help fill out and mail these documents. If your clinic is nice enough to do this, then they will give you a temporary card and you are all set.
If this is not the case, then you will need to be sure that you obtain the correct application and mail it to the right place. Double check that you have included all required documents and have correctly filled out the application as you don’t want your efforts to go to waste.
Most states, along with the fee for your doctor’s appointment, require a registration fee for your medical marijuana certification. The amount of this fee changes from state to state, but it is vital that you include the correct amount, or else your application will be null and void.
6. Wait for approval.
After you have done all of the hard work, it is time to sit back and wait. Waiting periods can be anywhere from one to four weeks, and then you will receive a notification from the state which will either approve or reject you.
If you have been approved, congratulations! You will receive full documentation on your state’s laws and a card that entitles you to use. However, if you have been rejected, the notification will include the reasoning and give you options as to what to do next.
7. Get medicated!
Once you receive your card, you are fully legal to obtain and use medical marijuana. States have different guidelines on how you can use prescribed medical marijuana, but most include visiting compassion clubs, growing your own marijuana, or finding a certified caregiver. These are all good options, and just depends on which one suites you best.
Though it may seem scary at first, getting your medical marijuana card is a simple and rewarding process. We hope that this guide helped you, and that you were able to obtain the medicine that you deserve. As always, make sure that you are familiar with your state’s laws and follow them accordingly.