THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR MMJ CARD IN 2018
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As public acceptance of cannabis grows, the more states start instituting medical marijuana programs (MMPs). 29 states, 1 federal district and 2 United States territories have legalized medical marijuana to some extent, of which Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia have legalized both medical and recreational marijuana. Getting a medical marijuana card has arguably never been easier than before.
The ease of access to a MMJ card has been improved exponentially, thanks to the advent of telemedicine/telehealth. Now, wherever in California or Nevada you reside, you can get in touch with Doctor Frank at doctorfrank.com and:
- Register and enter the waiting room.
- See your doctor in minutes, whether you’re at home or on-the-go. You needn’t have a prior relationship with Doctor Frank in order to qualify for medical marijuana.
- Should you qualify, you will get your medical marijuana recommendation letter in minutes. A hard copy of your rec letter and your medical marijuana card ought to reach your address in 2-3 days.
All you need to qualify for a medical marijuana card in California is proof of address/residence (e.g. rental agreement or bank statement) and proof of identity, which means any government-issued photographic ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license). Proof of your medical condition may help in certain instances. Caregivers may also apply for a medical marijuana card on behalf of someone else. This also means that, in California at least, overseas patients may also apply for a medical marijuana card, as long as they have appropriate identification and proof of California address/residence.
Thanks to telemedicine, Doctor Frank can possibly put patients in touch with a medical marijuana doctor licensed to practice in New York, Puerto Rico, Connecticut, Maine and Montana come 2018. In these states/territories, you needn’t have to have a prior relationship with a doctor in order to get a MMJ card. However, doctors from these states have to be licensed to practice in said state, and may also have to undergo specific training – as is the case in New York. Of course, this won’t be a problem if you’re going through Doctor Frank, but it is worth bearing in mind – we don’t want patients going to the wrong doctor, after all!
There are also different conditions that will get you qualified for a medical marijuana card in different states, with some having stricter criteria than others. For example, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming only allow “non-psychoactive” forms of cannabis and cannabinoid-based medications to be used, whilst Florida only allows a maximum amount of 0.8% THC in any cannabis product from a dispensary, except under certain circumstances.
Some states will also take longer to process an applicant’s medical marijuana card. Even in states with relatively liberal medical marijuana laws, it can take up to 1-2 weeks to get a medical marijuana card, although recommendation letters ought to be sent rather quickly and allow you to enter a dispensary straight away. This is especially the case where states have a less mature MMP, and in some places, a proper one won’t be set up yet due to the fact that they’ve only recently voted to legalize medical marijuana! To compare, in California, you’ll get your medical marijuana card within a few days; in Florida, you can expect to wait from anything from between 30 and 90 days, and you have to renew every few months rather than yearly!
As far as conditions that will qualify you for a medical marijuana card, again, some states have more strict criteria than others. However, cancer/side-effects of cancer treatment, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS seem to be qualifying conditions in every state. Many states also have neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease and ulcerative colitis, cachexia/wasting syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as qualifying conditions. Those diagnosed with less than 12 months to live may also qualify for a rec and MMJ card in many states.
If you want to see a more comprehensive guide for getting a medical marijuana card, check out our more guide here. We detail qualifying conditions, age, cost, possession limits, whether or not you can see a doctor online using telehealth, and how long it takes to get a medical marijuana in each state. Some things will change over time, and hopefully, more states will be added to our list come the next several years. In the meantime, this is the most accurate information we can find, and we hope it becomes easier for all patients to have access to medical marijuana in the future.