Medical marijuana has grown in popularity in the past decade. While the federal government still lists it as a schedule I drug, more than half of the states in the US have legalized its use with others considering it. If you are wondering how to get a medical marijuana card, read on!
State By State
Each state that has legalized marijuana for medical use has had to create its own rules surrounding growing, distribution, and prerequisites for use. This is due to the fact that the federal government still considers the drug illegal. If you are interested in getting a medical marijuana card, there are state resources online that can provide information about conditions that qualify you for a card.
Qualifying For A Card
In order to receive a medical marijuana card from your state, you have to be diagnosed with a condition that is found on its ailment list. Common ailments many states list include cancer, glaucoma, seizures, and eating disorders. States like California have a minimal list, while states like Connecticut have lists that are extensive. These lists will continue to vary from state to state until the federal government legalizes the drug’s use.
A listed condition must be diagnosed by a licensed physician. This will qualify you to obtain a medical card. It is worth noting that in some states, doctors can add conditions not found on the state’s list for qualification. Once qualified, you can legally obtain medical grade marijuana in various forms from a licensed dispensary or, in some instances, grow your own.
Using Your Card
Once you have qualified and obtained your medical marijuana card, it can be used in your state’s marijuana dispensaries. Shop owners are required by law to sell only to cardholders (the exception to this rule are states that have legalized recreational marijuana use). In many cases, the card will only work in the state it was issued. The rules surrounding this will likely change as marijuana continues to be legalized at the state level.
Do These Cards Offer Other Benefits?
In many states that they are issued, a medical marijuana card will provide patients with a discount on marijuana products. These savings will vary but can reach levels as high as a 37-percent reduction in overall costs. It should be noted that cards issued in states that have since legalized recreational use may still provide this discount to patients.
Contrary to the opinions of some detractors, states that issue medical marijuana cards take the issue seriously. Laws are passed that govern all aspects of marijuana use for medical purposes. The goal is to provide patients with relief.