Tips On How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card

Tips On How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card

A medical marijuana card (often called MMID or MMJ Card) is an ID card that patients use in order to enter medical cannabis dispensaries and purchase the plant, in order to treat a medical condition. In some states, an MMID also allows patients to grow their own plant and use it for medicinal purposes. 

While the card itself is issued by the state, you do need to get a signed recommendation from a licensed physician before you can qualify to get a card. This recommendation serves as proof that both you and the physician have agreed that cannabis would be an effective treatment option for your condition. 

Once you get the approval from the doctor, you have to apply for the card through the state, pay a fee, which varies depending on your state, and wait for the card to arrive. Because the plant still has a federally illegal status, the doctor can’t take action and prescribe cannabis directly to patients. 

This is, in broad terms, the process of getting approved for an MMID. If you are considering applying for a medical marijuana card, but are not yet sure how and what to do, below are some tips to consider. 

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Check your state’s qualifying medical conditions

Before applying for an MMID, you need to ensure your medical condition is deemed appropriate for cannabis use, a fact that can vary depending on state. Make sure to check with your state’s rules and regulations before booking an appointment with your doctor.

Generally speaking, the following conditions are amongst the most commonly approved by every state that has adopted medical cannabis laws: 

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders, including pediatric epilepsy
  • Cancer, to help with chemotherapy-related symptoms
  • Multiple Sclerosis, to alleviate symptoms such as insomnia, pain and muscle spams
  • Glaucoma, where non-smoked forms are usually recommended
  • HIV/AIDS, to help with nausea, fatigue and loss of appetite
  • Neurogenerative Diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s and Huntington’s
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, to help control panic episodes and ease off anxiety

Book an appointment to get an evaluation

If your medical condition is listed on your state’s qualifying list, then you can go ahead and schedule an appointment with your physician. Perform due diligence and make sure you discuss with a doctor that is not against medical marijuana use if you want a higher chance of getting approved. 

A medical marijuana evaluation usually lasts around 30 minutes, and your doctor will ask a number of questions to determine if cannabis is the right treatment for your condition. 

Before scheduling an appointment for an evaluation, make sure to do research on your own as well and make sure you have a solid understanding on how medical marijuana can impact your condition or life altogether. 

Before going to the doctor’s office, make sure you get your medical records together and see that it lists any illness, disability or injury that can be treated using medical marijuana. Any medical documents, such as disability paperwork, MRI scan results or X-rays, need to be brought with you as well, to further attest your needs. Also, you will be asked to bring a Government ID, such as your driver’s license or passport, so that you can prove your residency.

In some cases, you can schedule an online consultation for getting your medical marijuana card, so make sure you check out those options as well. 

Be open and transparent with your physician

The number one tip you will receive before entering the physician’s office is to relax and smile. If your attitude does not suggest you have your best interest at heart when it comes to medical marijuana use, then the doctor may choose not to approve you. After all, they don’t have any legal obligation to sign your approval. 

Be transparent with your doctor and respond honestly on all the questions they may ask. These include questions about your medical condition, your general health, your lifestyle and treatment history. 

If you haven’t tried any other treatment yet, it is likely your physician will prescribe other types of medication first, such as opioid painkillers, and ask you to come back in 30 days for a reevaluation. Don’t be concerned if this happens, as many doctors avoid using cannabis as the first form of treatment and will only consider it if other options are not available. You can either go ahead and follow their recommendation or seek another physician’s opinion. 

Show that you have done your research

No doctor will sign a recommendation for someone that has no idea what cannabis is and what it can do for them. To avoid looking like someone that only sees medical marijuana as a less expensive way to get high, show your physician that you have done your research and know your facts. 

If the physician asks what your knowledge of medical cannabis is, don’t be afraid to tell them what you’ve learned. If you don’t know where to start, try looking online for studies that revolve around the use of cannabis as a treatment for your medical condition. Also, make sure your show your physician you know the difference between Indica and Sativa plants, as well as between CBD and THC. 

Ask your doctor if they can recommend any other studies that show the effects of cannabis on patients with a condition that is similar to yours, to show you are actively looking to educate yourself on the matter. 

Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions

To show your doctor that you have done your research and are not just “looking for ways to get weed”, consider a more serious approach. Show that you are taking this process seriously by asking for the physician’s hones opinion regarding medical marijuana and your condition.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions, such as:
  • Will medical cannabis interfere with my current medication?
  • Are there any activities I should avoid while using cannabis?
  • Should I be aware of any potential side effects?
  • Can second-hand smoke be an issue for those around me?
  • What are the healthcare costs associated with medical marijuana?

About Cannabis Twenty-Four Seven

We here at Cannabis Twenty-Four Seven aim to share all the information that we can about the wonderful plant marijuana, a gift from Mother Nature. This plant has long been demonized and we believe that it is the right of all people to choose their kind of medication. Having this wonderful plant regulated and prohibited by the powers at be is a clear sign that the world is not free. We still abide by those ridiculous man made (by madmen) laws that curtail our freedom to commune with Mother Nature in order to protect the financial interests of their corporate masters. It is time, FREE THE MARIJUANA PLANT!!!

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  1. I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart to do some research when it comes to medical marijuana. It does seem like it would be smart to know what things your area will let you get medical marijuana for. Also, I would want to know how close a marijuana doctor is to where I am located.

  2. Keep up to date with any changes in your state’s medical marijuana laws and regulations. This ensures that you remain compliant and informed about your rights and responsibilities as a medical marijuana cardholder.
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