How Do I Get a Medical Marijuana Card?
Every day, thousands of people across America suffer from chronic illnesses. To ease some of their symptoms, many people choose to use cannabis in addition to traditional medicine in order to reap additional wellness benefits.
To do this safely and legally, these patients possess a medical marijuana card – an access key which allows them to purchase cannabis without fear of retribution from state or federal authorities.
So, what is a medical marijuana card? And, if you’re in need, how can you request and receive one?
Let’s find out.
What is a Medical Marijuana Card?
A medical marijuana card allows recipients entry into dispensaries in order to purchase cannabis products, visit medical cannabis care centers, or (in some cases) grow their own marijuana plants.
There are two kinds of medical marijuana cards: Cards issued by the patient’s physician and cards issued by a state or local government. Typically, cards issued by a state or local government provide better protection for medical cannabis patients.
Keep in mind that medical marijuana cards are only needed when purchasing THC-based products in states with medical, but no adult use cannabis programs. After the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, hemp-derived CBD products (such as Montel by Select’s CBD gel capsules) became legal for national purchase.
Requesting a Medical Marijuana Card
Depending on where you live, the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card can vary. Some states – like California and Oregon – have legalized adult use of cannabis, meaning that a medical card isn’t necessary. However, other states – like Kansas and Alabama – have determined cannabis to be fully illegal and do not maintain comprehensive medical programs.
In states that do have medical programs, the process for obtaining a medical marijuana card is multi-faceted:
First, in order to qualify for a card, you must receive a recommendation from a medical professional with a medical cannabis license. This can be a difficult search in some states, as viewpoints on cannabis can vary in the medical community. The good news is, most states with medical programs in place do host medical cannabis licensees – it may just take research to find them.
After making an appointment with a valid medical professional, the process of recommendation can begin. In some states, you must confirm that you suffer from a specific medical condition before being approved for a card. Other states offer recommendations on a case-by-case basis. Check with your doctor to confirm the regulations of your state.
Finally, proof of residency is required. From there, if you are approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card.
After receiving and using your card, remember that most expire after one year – so be sure to renew it in a timely manner.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Card?
You may be wondering – is it worth the hassle of getting a medical marijuana card with so many rules in place?
For many patients, the answer to this is a resounding yes.
Not only does the card protect you legally when carrying cannabis products, but it also offers access into dispensaries and care centers which are designed to give you a variety of medical cannabis options, allowing you to make the best decisions regarding your own personal care. For patients across the country, this freedom of choice and access is worth the difficult qualification process.
As with all medical issues, we recommend consulting with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.