If you are one of the fortunate who have managed to obtain a medical marijuana card and you’re now in need of a renewal, you’ve arrived at the right place.
In this definitive guide, we will cover all you need to know about the process of renewing your medical marijuana card.
Why Do You Need to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card?
Wouldn’t it be great to get your medical card and then literally never have to think about it again? Well, unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. In most states, medical marijuana cards are valid for one year. This is due to many different reasons, but the primary one is the medical aspect.
The evaluation is not a cut-and-dry situation – it is simply a process to judge whether or not medical marijuana is still a necessity.
Monitoring authorities in most states want to constantly make sure that medical marijuana is being used responsibly and in ways consistent with the patient’s specific medical condition.
If the patient’s condition is improving, then the authorizing party may or may not renew the card. In other words, the evaluation of the renewal process is not a cut-and-dry situation – it is simply a process to judge whether or not medical marijuana is still a necessity.
How Often Do I Have to Renew My Medical Marijuana Card?
As of now, a medical marijuana renewal is required every 12 months in most states, and in most instances, you’ll need to renew it at least 30 days before the card’s expiration date.
Please note, however, that the exact terms and conditions of the renewal process are determined on a state-by-state basis. Therefore it is best to check the exact time at which you are required to renew your card.
What Is the Process?
Similar to when you applied as a first-time medical marijuana patient, the process for renewing your medical marijuana card is usually pretty straightforward. You’ll need to have a medical marijuana evaluation with a doctor and then send a renewal application to your state’s medical marijuana department.
If you return to the physician who issued your original recommendation, your medical documents might still be on record – this will save you time and hassle as you won’t have to organize your entire medical history from scratch.
In any regard, you must bring the following documents to your evaluation:
- Government ID: This proves that you are a resident of the state; if you don’t have a state ID, then make sure you bring a utility bill with your address.
- Medical Records: Whether you have an in-person evaluation or an online one, your doctor will need to understand your exact medical condition and why you are applying for a renewal. Even if you decide to return to the doctor who issued you your first recommendation, chances are they won’t remember you. Therefore, be sure to bring all prescriptions, x-ray/MRI results, worker’s compensation reports, and/or disability paperwork.
- Original Medical Card: Please do not forget your original card.
The Followup Evaluation for a Medical Marijuana Card Renewal – How Does It Work?
Unlike your first evaluation, the doctor will review your condition and ask you different questions regarding your current health status. They will try to understand whether medical marijuana is helping you with your condition.
Furthermore, the physician may outline a treatment plan, ask you about any side effects you’ve experienced during your previous year, and stress the risks of using medical cannabis.
Once the consultation is complete, the evaluating physician will ask if you have any questions about the process or the benefits of medical marijuana, after which they will determine the outcome of the evaluation.
Please don’t assume that you’ll receive another recommendation because you were approved for a medical marijuana card in the past. This isn’t always the case.
How Long Will It Take to Receive Your New MMJ Card After Renewal?
The process is not long, and you will more than likely receive your renewed medical marijuana card (that is valid for one year) within 14 business days. Of course, this depends on the agency submitting the documents to your Board of Health Services.
If you renew your card at least 20 days before expiration, you shouldn’t have a “dead period” where you can’t purchase weed.
If you renew your card at least 20 days before expiration, you shouldn’t have a “dead period” where you can’t purchase weed. The new card will be valid for 12 months (in most states), and you will have to go through the same process one year later.
The Benefits of Renewing Your Medical Cannabis Card
Even though this may be stating the obvious, renewing your medical marijuana card allows you to purchase weed legally without any hassle. However, it is always important to remember that while medical marijuana may be legal in your state, it is still classed as an illegal drug on a Federal level.
Furthermore, a medical cannabis renewal may allow you to obtain marijuana at a lower price at your local dispensary, as you will be a continued registered medical user rather than a recreational smoker.
[Need further help? If this is your first time applying for a medical marijuana card or if you require additional information about the medical marijuana renewal process, feel free to get in touch.]