Getting a medical marijuana card can seem a little passé in some states. “Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington have legalized cannabis. What do I need a medical marijuana card for?” Well, there are a few good reasons. One, if you’re worried about Jeff Sessions and the DEA targeting recreational cannabis businesses and customers, then having a MMJ card and doctor’s recommendation could help provide you with a layer of protection. Two, not every jurisdiction happily accepts recreational cannabis businesses operating in their area, even in legal states. Three, you can save money on sales taxes.
Should you want to read more about the advantages of having a medical marijuana card, as well as more on the laws that apply to states with a medical marijuana program (MMP), then check out our guide. However, if you already know (or even suspect) that you’ll qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation and card, then just follow these steps …
Before You Start …
If you’re applying online, ensure you have the following:
- Photographic ID (e.g. driver’s permit, passport, state-produced identity card).
- Proof of address (e.g. utility bill, rental/mortgage agreement, bank statement).
- A working camera and microphone.
You must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card. If you’re applying for a medical marijuana card on someone else’s behalf as a caregiver, you usually have to be 18 years or older. In some states, the minimum age to be a caregiver is 21.
As for which conditions will qualify you for a MMJ card, this depends on the state. However, Cancer/chemotherapy, AIDS/HIV, depression, anxiety, chronic pain lasting 6 months or longer, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS) are qualifying conditions list in many states.
CLICK HERE and Register Online.
You will be asked to enter your name and email. You will also need to choose a password for your account. After you’ve done this, you’ll be signed in and asked a couple of questions about how you’re hoping cannabis can help you and your medical history. The process only takes a couple of minutes.
You can use telehealth and apply for a medical marijuana card online and from the comfort of your own home in California, Nevada, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. You needn’t have had a previous relationship with your physician beforehand in order to apply for a medical marijuana card on these states, and you needn’t have met your physician in-person in order to develop a bona-fide relationship with them. Of course, if you’re in California, you can see a physician at Doctor Frank in-person as well.
Be Seen By a Physician Within a Few Minutes.
Once registered, you’ll enter the virtual waiting room and be seen by a physician. The consultation usually only takes a few minutes. Having medical records to hand to show the physician seeing you and have your condition confirmed by one or more other doctors can be helpful, but aren’t compulsory in California.
Qualify and Receive Your Medical Marijuana Recommendation in Minutes via Email.
Should you qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation and card, your physician-signed recommendation letter will be sent to your email address. With this recommendation letter, you can legally enter a medical marijuana dispensary. This is because you’ll be given a unique patient number that will put you on a private, doctor-run medical marijuana patient register that can be verified here.
A recommendation letter costs $49. This gives you a medical marijuana recommendation letter. This letter means you’ll be protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws, but you will not be put on the state’s medical marijuana card identification program (MMICP), which is voluntary in some states but mandatory in others (it’s voluntary in California). The MMICP is a state-run program and does not involve the federal government in any way.
A recommendation letter and MMJ card will cost you $59, but you will not be put onto the MMICP unless you fill in a separate form indicating that you want to be on the register. It is recommended to put yourself on the MMICP, as it may potentially save you from some amount of hassle from legal entities. A recommendation letter, medical marijuana card, and California grower’s permit (up to 99 plants) will cost you around $119.
If you’d like to know more about medical marijuana and its potential as medicine for a number of conditions, then come and check out doctorfrank.com!