How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card

The use of medical marijuana is increasing. There are more and more places where the use of medical marijuana has been normalized. While the use of marijuana is becoming more widespread, there are still hurdles you will need to cross to get this treatment. However, the good news is that you can apply for a medical marijuana prescription card. Here is a look at how you can go about doing so.

The First Step

The first step to getting your medical marijuana card is to visit a doctor, who will decide whether you have a medical condition that can be treated with marijuana. Once your doctor determines that you are qualified to receive medical marijuana, they will need to fill out a statement form. The required examination may be done in person or via telemedicine. No matter which method you choose, it will be accepted in most places once your doctor signs the necessary statement form. However, in some states the requirements may vary about which kind of medical personnel can grant a medical marijuana card. In some cases, nurse practitioners and physician's assistants can certify you as being in need of medical marijuana treatment. 

Submitting Your Documents

The next step in the process will be to submit your documents online. This is where you will be filling out a personal application form along with your proof of residency for the state in which you are applying. You will also submit the doctor statement form that you got and a caregiver form if necessary. An application fee is usually paid. This varies depending on where you are applying. Once you have submitted all the required documents, the application will be reviewed.

How Long Does a Card Last?

A medical marijuana card will usually last for a year after it has been issued; after that, you will need to go back to your doctor to once again determine whether or not you qualify for the card. You will have to go through the process of filling out another online application again for your medical card to be renewed.

Medical marijuana treatment is gaining respect and recognition on a wider scale. However, there are still several hurdles that you may need to overcome in order to receive this treatment. Most of the hurdles depend on where you live and the legislation that is in place when it comes to the use of medical marijuana.