Did you know that 24 states in the US plus the District of Columbia recognize medical marijuana? These numbers may grow substantially as the new president could significantly help the industry. Cannabis lovers everywhere can rejoice, because this means less stigma around ganja and more access to medical marijuana facilities that can provide you with the healing green. If medical marijuana becomes legalized throughout additional parts in the U.S, all you’ll need is a medical marijuana card to legally benefit from this great medicine.
The process of applying for a medical marijuana card may seem like a source of confusion, but if you meet the qualifications, it’s really pretty simple. Each state has its own requirements, so be sure to check into those details before committing to the application process. Some states are easier than others to get your medicine. Regardless, if you are truly in need, it is likely that your medical approved state will recognize this and provide you with your herb.
1. Prove Your Residency
First thing is first, the state you reside in wants to make sure you really live there, that way you are classified underneath their state regulations and not that of some other (possibly not medical) state. The best way to prove this is by showing a valid driver’s license or identification card from this location, which gives evidence for the fact that you live there.
If you happen to not reside in a state that offers medical marijuana, unfortunately you will have to wait patiently as medical cannabis laws change over the next upcoming years.
2. Are You Eligible For Application?
No matter what state you reside in, you must be at least 18 years or older to apply for a medical marijuana card. If you are under the age of 18 and a minor, you must have parental or guardian consent in order to obtain a medical cannabis card.
Each state has a different set of medical conditions that are seen as eligible for receiving medical marijuana assistance. The state of California has a much wider list of recognized conditions, while states such as Oregon are more restricted. If for some reason your condition isn’t seen as eligible by the medical state you live in, thankfully plenty of places are now also recreationally legalizing weed. This means, if you are over the age of 21 and your state offers legal recreational marijuana, you can skip this medical registration process all together if you don’t qualify. As time goes on, more locations will only continue to add recreational weed to their list of legalities.
Some of the conditions that are widely recognized as valid medical reasons to get your medical card includes, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDs positive status, Alzheimer’s agitations, PTSD or any conditions that cause you to suffer with severe pain, severe nausea, muscle spasm, seizures, or cachexia.
3. Have Money Ready to Pay Your Registration Fee[wp_ad_camp_5] Each medical state requires a fee when getting your card. This amount can range from small to large, depending on the state. In California, the fee is typically around $50, but in other states the fee can go up to $400.
Be sure to have the funds ready when you begin your application process, so you won’t have to worry about it when it’s due.
4. Get Your Doctor’s Documents Ready
The final step, which is the most important by far, is getting a certified doctor to sign your forms. A number of doctors do not feel qualified to handle patients who are trying to obtain a medical marijuana certification, but thankfully there are plenty of doctors that specifically specialize in medical marijuana certifications and they will handle your paperwork for you. A simple online google search will tell you which practitioners are available in your area at specialized medical marijuana clinics. They are trained to assist cannabis patients with their needs. If your condition is considered legitimate per state criteria, once you find the right doctor it won’t be difficult to get your card.
If you meet these requirements then you’re right on track to get the medical marijuana certification that you’ve always desired, so you can start treating any condition you might have with the magic green!
It is important to remember that the consumption of marijuana is the sole responsibility of the user and discretion should be taken.