Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

  1. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Arizona?
  2. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Alaska?
  3. How do I get a medical marijuana card in California?
  4. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Colorado?
  5. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Connecticut?
  6. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Washington DC?
  7. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Delaware?
  8. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Hawaii?
  9. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Illinois?
  10. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Maine?
  11. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Maryland?
  12. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts ?
  13. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Michigan?
  14. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Minnesota?
  15. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Montana?
  16. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Nevada?
  17. How do I get a medical marijuana card in New Jersey?
  18. How do I get a medical marijuana card in New Mexico?
  19. How do I get a medical marijuana card in New York?
  20. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Oregon?
  21. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island?
  22. How do I get a medical marijuana card in Washington State?
How do I get a medical marijuana card in Arizona?

Follow these basic steps to become a medical marijuana patient and obtain a medical marijuana card. Our friendly staff is always willing and able to sit down with you in our education area to assist and educate you on any questions that you may have.

Step 1 – Qualify
You need to be 18 years or older (or have your legal guardian registered as your caregiver)
Must have a valid Arizona Driver’s License or Arizona Identification Card
Must have an Arizona residential address
Must have a minimum of one qualifying condition

Step 2 – Medical Records and Debilitating Condition
You will need to have medical records with a debilitating condition that is recognized by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The Arizona Department Health Services currently recognizes the following conditions:
Cancer
Glaucoma
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Hepatitis C
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Crohn’s disease
Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
Severe and chronic pain;
Severe nausea;
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

UPDATE: Starting January 1, 2015, medical marijuana cardholders can request a physician certification for the palliative care of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). ADHS has revised the physician certification form to include an additional physician attestation that the patient is receiving treatment other than medical marijuana for PTSD. The online qualifying patient application also has been revised to allow patients to select PTSD as a qualifying condition.  Read more about this at the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program at this link http://www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana/physicians/

Step 3 – Obtain Physician’s Certification and Patient Attestation form
You can obtain the Physician’s Certification form and a Patient Attestation form at Valley of the Sun Medical Dispensary. You can also obtain these forms at the Arizona Department of Health Services website by clicking here. Arizona Medical Marijuana Program Forms

Step 4 – Contact and Schedule an Appointment with Doctor
Schedule an appointment with a Physician. Call VOTSMD at 1.623.932.3859 if you need assistance or a referral. During the appointment the Physician signs and approves the certification form and the patient signs the Attestation Form.

Step 5 – Photo, ID and Submittal
Take photo and get copy of State Issued Identification. Upload Attestation Forms, photo and Copy State Issued Identification to the Department Health Services website by clicking herewww.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana.  It takes approximately 10 days to obtain your medical marijuana patient card. You can check the status of your application online at AZDHS Medical Marijuana Application Status.



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Alaska?

The state of Alaska has a marijuana registry and it is mandatory that you register. It is a $25 fee for new applicants and $20 for renewals. The card is valid for one year from the date of issue. http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/VitalStats/Pages/marijuana.aspx



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in California?

The California Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card (MMIC), along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers. Participation by patients and primary caregivers in this identification card program is voluntary. The MMP Web-based registry allows law enforcement and the public to verify the validity of a qualified patient or primary caregiver's MMIC as authorization to possess, grow, transport, and/or use medical marijuana within California. The verification website is available on the internet at http://mmic.cdph.ca.gov

NOTE: The California Department of Public Health’s MMP does not have jurisdiction over medical marijuana cooperatives, dispensaries, or collectives. For questions related to these areas, please contact your local city or county business licensing office.

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/mmp/Pages/default.aspx



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Colorado?

Who can apply for a MMJ card?

To apply for a medical marijuana registration card, you must:

Be a Colorado resident. You must provide proof of identity and residency with your application.

Proof of Residency Waivers submitted with out-of-state IDs are valid for only one year. When renewing your medical marijuana card, you must provide a Colorado ID.

Be receiving treatment for a qualifying medical condition

Be examined by a doctor with whom you have a bona fide physician-patient relationship.

Submit a complete application packet.

 

You won't be approved for medical use of marijuana if you previously had a diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition but no longer have an active disease and aren't currently undergoing treatment.

 

How do I apply for a MMJ Card?

You must submit a complete application packet, which includes:

Form MMR1001 Application for Registration Card (AP) or MMR1002 Medical Marijuana Registry Card Application for Patients Under 18 Years of Age (MA).

A Physician Certification completed by your doctor. This form is included with the application form above. 

A copy of your Colorado driver's license or photo ID. If you don't have a Colorado ID, submit MMR1015 Proof of Identity and Residency Waiver Request.  

Form MMR1012 Caregiver Acknowledgement and a copy of your caregiver’s valid ID, if a caregiver is listed on your form. 

A check or money order made out to CDPHE for the application fee, or form MMR1010 Request for Fee Waiver/Tax Exempt Status and supporting materials. 

 

Additional documents may be required for patients younger than 18 or who have an authorized representative who's been legally assigned patient care rights and responsibilities.

 

Additional information and forms:

https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/medicalmarijuana



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Connecticut?

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes, Chapter 420f, Section 21a-408, patients who are currently receiving medical treatment for a debilitating medical condition set out in the law may qualify for a registration certificate.

 

To qualify, a patient must also be at least 18 years of age and a Connecticut resident. Each patient may also register one primary caregiver if the need for a caregiver is documented by the patient's physician.

 

The registration certificate application is available online and registration involves a three step process:

  • Step 1: The physician initiates the registration process by logging into a secure, online system and certifying their patient.
  • Step 2: After the physician electronically submits a valid certification, their patient can access the online system to complete the patient portion of the application. 
  • Step 3: If the physician certifies the need for a primary caregiver, the caregiver can log in after the patient, and complete the application.

For more information about what you need to register, please check our "How to Register" page.

 

New information on the Medical Marijuana Program will be made available on this website as it becomes available. Please continue to visit our website at www.ct.gov/dcp/mmp or subscribe to medical marijuana updates by registering for e-alerts  on the DCP website.

 

 



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Washington DC?

Qualifying patients in the District have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes when his or her primary physician has provided a written recommendation that bears his or her signature and license number. This recommendation must assert that the use of marijuana is medically necessary for the patient for the treatment of a qualifying medical condition or to mitigate the side effects of a qualifying medical treatment. See the requirements and instructions for obtaining an identification card in the links below. 

·       Patient Application Package

·       Minor Patient Application Package 

·       Change of Information Form

·       Registration Card Replacement Form

·       Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

http://doh.dc.gov/node/822562



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Delaware?

http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/medmarhome.html

A: A patient who wishes to apply for the medical marijuana registry card program should go to the program's website and download the application documents. The patient application is a four-page, self-explanatory form that should be completed and signed by the patient. The physician certification is a two-page form that the patient’s Delaware-licensed physician should complete and sign. The release of medical information is a one-page form that is signed by the patient, allowing the Office of Medical Marijuana to contact the patient’s physician for the purpose of verifying the doctor/patient relationship and the validity of the physician’s signature on the Physician Certification form.

Patients must mail all three forms, along with the application fee of $125 and a copy of the patient’s Delaware state-issued driver’s license or identification card, to the Division of Public Health, Office of Medical Marijuana, 417 Federal Street, Suite 205, Dover, DE 19901.

The applicant’s approval or denial will be returned within 45 days of receiving a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If approved, the applicant will be invited to the Division of Public Health’s Dover office to have a picture taken and be issued their registry card.


Qualifications

The qualifications for a patient to receive a medical marijuana card include

  • being a resident of the state of Delaware;
  • possessing a current State of Delaware driver's license or identification card;
  • being 18 years of age or older;
  • being under the care of a physician currently licensed to practice in Delaware in accordance with 24 DEL.C. Chapters 17 and 19;
  • possess a physician's certification indicating a qualifying debilitating medical condition. “Debilitating medical condition” means one or more of the following:

Medical conditions are;

As mentioned above, cancer, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV and AIDs), decompensated cirrhosis (Hepatitis C), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can qualify as a debilitating medical condition when it manifests itself in severe physical suffering, such as severe or chronic pain or severe nausea and vomiting, or otherwise severely impairs the patient’s physical ability to carry on the activities of daily living.

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces 1 or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating pain, that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures for more than 3 months or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects; intractable nausea; seizures; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

If you have questions about obtaining a physician's certification or whether you may qualify, talk to your physician or medical specialist.


The cost to get a medical marijuana card is;

The base annual fee is $125 and is non-refundable. There is a sliding payment scale for patients who demonstrate financial need. The card is valid for  one year from the month it was issued. As required by the law, patients must re-apply annually. The State currently recognizes properly permitted compassion centers as the only legal way to obtain marijuana.

More importantly physicians must be currently licensed to practice in Delaware in accordance with 24 DEL.C. Chapters 17 and 19. And; no patients must discuss health-related decisions with their primary care physician or specialist as part of any determination that medical marijuana is the best medical choice for their treatment.



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Hawaii?

http://dps.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Physian-Information-Med-Marijuana-rev113011.pdf

QUALIFYING CONDITIONS

  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity
  • Nausea

 

What are Blue Cards?

The Blue Card is a license that allows you to legally use medicinal marijuana in Hawaii.  This is the ONLY acceptable legal document recognized in Hawaii, on each and every island.

What exactly does the Blue Card allow me to do?

A Blue Card allows you to grow up to 7 marijuana plants?with 3 mature plants at any one time?for personal use only.  You will be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of dry material, for personal use only.  The Blue Card does not give you the right to overgrow or possess more than 3 ounces of dry material.  It also does not give you the right to distribute marijuana.  

How do I get a Blue Card?

Make an appointment at our clinic.  You will fill out required paperwork, present your valid ID and be evaluated by the physician.   

Who can get a Blue Card?

Blue Cards are for residents of Hawaii.  The Blue Card is for disabling medical conditions. You must have a legitimate history of this severe medical condition, backed by a reliable medical history.  Many State Judges are now requiring a legitimate Medical Physician Statement to back up the Blue Card in any legal issue.

How long are Blue Cards valid?

All cards are good for one year.  The transfer of programs over to the Department of Health does not affect the validity of your current, unexpired Blue Card.  

Why haven’t I received my card?

If you have not received your card, then it most likely means that there was a problem in processing your card because of an application error or address problem.  

How long does it take to get a Blue Card?

Cards are taking about a month, and sometimes less.    

How can I get answers to my questions about the Blue Card and my application status?

When does the Department of Health changeover take place?

Starting January 2nd, 2015, the Department of Health is taking over management of the Medical Cannabis Program. 



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Illinois?

What is the contact information for the Medical Cannabis Program?

Mail:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761-0001

E-mail:

DPH.MedicalCannabis@illinois.gov

Websites:

www.mcpp.illinois.gov
www.idph.state.il.us/HealthWellness/MedicalCannabis

Telephone:

Toll-free 855-636-3688, 217-782-3300 or
TTY (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466

Where do I find program applications and information updates?

Applications and updates can be found on the state’s Medical Cannabis website, or by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis. The Department will mail qualifying patients an application packet.

Can I get help with my application if I come to the program office?

No. The Illinois Department of Public Health does not offer assistance on filling out applications. If you have a question about the program or the application process, read this document thoroughly and call the Department if your question is not addressed.

Can the Department help me understand the medical risks and benefit of cannabis?

Each person’s medical and health situation are different. The Illinois Department of Public Health cannot provide medical information and qualifying patients should speak with their physician.

Can the Department explain the benefits of medical cannabis to my doctor?

Your physician can find information online about the benefits of medical cannabis.

What is a waiver of excluded offenses?

The Illinois Department of Public Health may waive an applicant’s excluded offense if the person demonstrates to the Department’s satisfaction his or her conviction was for the possession, cultivation, transfer or delivery of a reasonable amount of cannabis intended for medical use. The Department will post the waiver form by September 2014.

If I come to the office, will the program make copies of my application or other items for me?

No. The Illinois Department of Public Health does not provide copies. If you want to have copies of your application, you must make them prior to submitting them to the Department.

Where can I read the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act?

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=3503&ChapterID=35

Where can I read the complete rules for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act?

http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Documents/Medical%20Cannabis%20DPH%20rules%20071814.pdf

How do I get information about opening a medical cannabis cultivation center?

The Illinois Department of Agriculture regulates cultivation centers:
http://www.agr.state.il.us/medical-cannabis-pilot-program/

How do I get information about opening a medical cannabis dispensary?

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regulates dispensaries:
http://www.idfpr.com/FAQ/DPR/IDFPR_MC_PilotProgram.asp

Qualifying Debilitating Medical Conditions

What debilitating medical conditions make a patient eligible for the program?

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrom
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Crohn's disease
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Can other medical conditions be added to the list?

Illinois residents may petition the Illinois Department of Public Health to add medical conditions to the list of debilitating medical conditions included in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. The Department is developing a process for considering the petitions, including establishing an advisory board and holding public hearings. At this point petitions are not being accepted. Check the Department’s website for updates.

How much does a physician written certification cost?

Qualifying patients do not need to pay a special fee to their physician for the physician written certification. The physician may accept payment for the fee associated with the personal physical examination required prior to issuing the written certification.

I have one of the debilitating medical conditions, am I automatically a qualified patient?

No. The qualifying patient must submit an application to the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis with the required forms to become a registered qualifying patient.

Which medical providers can certify me for medical cannabis?

The medical provider must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, have a controlled substances license under Article III of Illinois Controlled Substances Act, be in good standing to practice medicine in Illinois, and have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the patient they are certifying for medical cannabis.

Can the program give me a list of medical providers who will certify me to the medical cannabis program?

No. In order for a physician to certify a qualifying patient for medical cannabis, there must be a bona fide physician-patient relationship. Qualifying patients do not need to see specific doctors and physicians may not accept payment from qualifying patients other than the fee associated with the examination necessary for issuing the written certification.

Patient Applications

How do I apply for the Medical Cannabis Program?

By completing the Illinois Medical Cannabis Qualifying Patient Registry Identification Card Application.

Applications may be mailed to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761-0001

Applications may be completed online at: https://medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov

What else do I need to submit with my application?

The application lists the requirements. Read the application carefully.

Where can I get my fingerprints done?

Check the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Fingerprint Vendors List at https://www.idfpr.com/licenselookup/fingerprintlist.asp. Qualifying patients and their designated caregivers should call the fingerprint vendor to confirm the vendor will fingerprint them and be sure to bring the Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA) Fingerprint Consent Form.

Can a minor apply to be a patient in the program?

On January 1, 2015, Public Act 98-0775 will become effective and the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis will accept applications for qualifying patients under 18 years of age who suffer from seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy. The Department is developing rules for the issuance of registry identification cards for qualifying patients who are under 18 years of age and suffer from other debilitating medical conditions. The application for qualifying patients under 18 years of age is not available at this time.

Do I need to pay someone to help me complete my enrollment application?

No, you do not. The medical cannabis applications are as short and easy as possible for individuals to complete.

How can I submit my application to the program?

Do not send any information at this time. The Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis will accept applications for qualifying patients whose last name begins with the letters A through L from September 2, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Qualifying patients whose last name begins with the letters M through Z may submit an application from November 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Beginning January 1, 2015, applications for registry identification cards will be accepted from any qualifying patients year round.

Is there a way to expedite my application?

No. Applications are generally processed in the order in which they are received.

What are the fees associated with the Medical Cannabis Program?

Annual qualifying patient application fee is $100

Annual qualifying patient reduced application fee is $50

For qualifying patients enrolled in the federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or the Supplement Security Income (SSI) disability programs, submit a copy of a letter or other documentation form the Social Security Administration identifying the qualifying patient and showing the amount of monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits to be received by the qualifying patient during the current year of application.

Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214.

Annual caregiver application fee is $25

Replacement card fee is $25

Returned check fee is $35

How long does it take to receive an answer once I submit my forms to the program?

The Illinois Department of Public Health has 30 business days to review complete applications from the date the Department receives them. The Department has 15 days after an application is approved to issue a registry identification card.

What happens if my application is not complete?

An incomplete application will be denied.

What happens at the end of the 30 days the Department has to review my application?

If an application is approved, the program will issue a registry identification card to the patient and, if applicable, their designated caregiver. If an application is denied, the program will send a letter explaining the denial to the applicant.

How can I check the status of my application?

Do not request a status update on your application until 35 days have passed from the date you submitted your full and complete application, as this slows processing time. If 35 days have passed, you may request a status update by mail (see address above). Include a written request for the update with a copy of your photo ID and contact information.

Can I find out my application status through e-mail?

No. Due to confidentiality regulations and law, it is not possible for the Illinois Department of Public Health to transmit protected patient information through e-mail. This includes requests to verify an application has been received.

How can I ensure my application was received by the program?

If you would like to be notified that your application has been received by the Illinois Department of Public Health, send in the application documents using certified mail. A confirmation will be sent once the application is received by the Department’s mailroom. Note there may be a few additional processing days until the application is received by the Department’s Division of Medical Cannabis. If you apply online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail once you submit your application.

Why does it sometimes take so long to get a response from the program?

The Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis staff attempts to answer inquiries as quickly as possible, however, due to the volume of requests, this may take some time. For the quickest response, use e-mail.

People receiving medical care at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities

Is a veteran required to submit a written certification from their physician?

No. A veteran who has received treatment at a VA hospital is deemed to have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with a VA physician, if the patient has been seen for his or her debilitating condition at the VA hospital in accordance with the VA hospital protocols.

How does a veteran qualify for a patient registry identification card?

A qualifying patient who is a veteran and receiving medical care and treatment at a VA hospital must:

Be an Illinois resident and provide two valid items proving residency.

Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition.

Provide a copy of his or her U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official hospital medical records requested on VA form 10-5345. If you have received care for your debilitating medical condition for more than 5 years at a VA facility, you must mark “OTHER” on VA Form 10-5345 under “INFORMATION REQUESTED” then specify that you are requesting information about the treatment of your debilitating medical condition for the most recent 12-month period. Under “PURPOSE(S) OR NEED FOR WHICH THE INFORMATION IS TO BE USED BY INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM INFORMATION IS TO BE RELEASED” write “personal medical purposes.” Under “NAME AND ADDRESS OF ORGANIZATION, INDIVIDUAL OR TITLE OF INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM INFORMATION IS TO BE RELEASED” write your address. Once you receive your official medical records, you must submit the medical records with your application.

Provide a copy of his or her DD214 or equivalent certified document indicating character and dates of service.

Complete the fingerprint-based background check and not have been convicted of an excluded offense.

Submit a non-refundable application fee with the signed Registry Identification Card Application to the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis.

Replacement Cards and Renewal Information

I received my registry identification card, but my name is misspelled (or has other incorrect information). What do I do?

Complete a change of information form (available September 2014) and send the form, along with the incorrect card, back to the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis. A corrected replacement card will be sent as soon as possible.

If my registry identification card is lost, stolen, or is damaged, what do I do and is there a fee to replace the card?

If a registered qualifying patient or designated caregiver becomes aware of a theft, loss or destruction of his or her registry identification card, he or she must call or email the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis immediately and then complete a change of information form (available September 2014) and send it to the program. This must be done within 10 business days of the discovery. The fee to apply for a registry identification card replacement is $25.

I recently moved. Do I need to do anything for the program or change my card?

Yes. Complete a change of information form (available September 2014) and send it, along with your old card, back to the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis, and an updated replacement will be sent as soon as possible. The fee to change information on a registry identification card is $25.

How long is my enrollment in the Medical Cannabis Program valid?

If approved, your registry identification card from the Illinois Department of Public Health will be valid for one year from the date it is issued. You must reapply to the program at least 45 days before the expiration date of your existing registry identification card.

How do I renew my registry identification card?

Renewing a registry identification card requires the same application process as when you originally applied. This must be done at least 45 days prior to the expiration of your existing registry identification card. The qualifying patient and designated caregiver, if one is indicated, must apply for renewal of his or her registry identification card.

I sent in my renewal application, but haven’t received my registry identification card yet. Why?

If you’ve submitted your renewal application as required, your new registry identification card will be mailed out approximately one week before your current card expires. If you submitted your renewal application after the required deadline, the renewal will be processed and the new registry identification card will be sent as soon as possible.

If my registry identification card expired and I didn’t submit my re-enrollment paperwork before the deadline, am I still enrolled in the program?

No. When your card expires, your enrollment in the medical cannabis program ends, and there is no legal protection offered by the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. You may still submit your renewal application.

What do I do if I no longer have my debilitating medical condition?

If a registered qualifying patient ceases to have a debilitating medical condition, they must immediately notify the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis by e-mail or telephone.

http://www.idph.state.il.us/HealthWellness/MedicalCannabis/index.htm



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Maine?

In Maine, any M.D., D.O. or C.N.P. (as of August 1st, 2014)  can recommend cannabis for qualifying patients. Once your doctor has provided a certification, you can designate a dispensary to provide your medicine by completing a simple form at the dispensary site.

By law, medical cannabis users are allowed to access their medicine from several sources. They can:
–      Grow up to 6 cannabis plants on their own; or
–      Designate a caregiver to grow 6 cannabis plants for them; or
–      Designate a dispensary to grow up to 6 cannabis plants for them.

Maine State law allows medical cannabis users who choose to grow fewer plants to designate a dispensary to grow the rest of them, to ensure access to a source of medicine until their plants are mature. The total number of mature, flowering plants can never exceed 6.  Residents who grow their own may have an additional number of plants in other stages of growth (seedlings or starts) to ensure their next generation.

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/mmm/index.shtml

  • QUALIFYING CONDITIONS:
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Huntington's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Maryland?

http://mmc.maryland.gov/

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 125-11 last week to adopt HB 881, a medical marijuana bill that protect patients with severe pain, nausea, wasting syndrome, seizures, and severe muscle spasms from arrest and prosecution.

Qualified patients will be able to obtain their medicine from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, which will rely on licensed growers for their supply. Patients will be required to get approval from physicians who are approved by the state, and must obtain an identification card before they will be eligible to access a licensed dispensary.

Beginning June 1st, 2016, the Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene may start to issue the number of medical marijuana dispensary licenses necessary to meet the demand for medical marijuana by qualifying patients and caregivers that have been issued identification cards. Please remember, it is very important to obtain as much information and guidance as one possibly can before using any alternative health options to treat a condition.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MARYLAND

Patients must be a justifiable resident that lives in the State of Maryland and can readily provide a valid form of Maryland I.D. as proof of residency. If a patient does not have a valid form of a Maryland I.D., there lies the potential for a passport or other form of photo identification that features proof of residency to be utilized. Examples of possible forms of identification may include a bank statement or utility bill.

Patients must be able to obtain legitimate medical records or health documentation that will aid their diagnosis to be recommended alternative medicine. These health records are extremely important and should be transferred over to the recommending doctor's office or to a patient's first ever medical marijuana evaluation. If a patient wishes to learn how to request previous medical records, please check our step-by-step process.

Patients must obtain a written certification from a doctor that is licensed to recommend medical marijuana in the State of Maryland. It should also be taken into consideration that patients are highly encouraged to establish a long-standing relationship with the physician conducting any evaluations.

In order for a patient to become approved into the state’s medical marijuana program, an application for a Maryland medical marijuana card must be filled-out and submitted to the appropriate state authority.

WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS IN MARYLAND?

Patients in Maryland that have been diagnosed with the following medical conditions are qualified to utilize recommended medical marijuana as an alternative treatment option under House Bill 811:

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in a patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care; or

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that produces: cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or persistent muscle spasms. 

WHAT IS A MARYLAND MARIJUANA CARD?

A Maryland medical marijuana card is a state-recognized form of patient identification that is issued by the Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health & Mental Hygeine. This Maryland medical marijuana card is responsible for verifying that a licensed physician has provided the patient with a written form of certification to allow them to utilize medical marijuana as treatment under current terms of law. A Maryland marijuana card will also identify that a patient is exempt from certain legalities regarding marijuana due to medicinal documentation. 



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts ?

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/medical-marijuana/

The Massachusetts program is special in that it is only one of two programs across the nation that permit a physician to use their medical expertise when determining if a patient can be aided by medical cannabis.

For more information click the corresponding link below to find out more information about Massachusetts medical marijuana program.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice.

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Massachusetts

A qualifying marijuana patient in Massachusetts shall not be subject to arrest or prosecution, penalized in any manner, including, but not limited to, being subject to any civil penalty, or denied any right or privilege, including, but not limited to, being subject to any disciplinary action by a professional licensing board, for the palliative use of marijuana in Massachusetts. These patients must have a Massachusetts marijuana card.


HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN MASSACHUSETTS

Must be at least 18 years of age

Must be a resident in the state of Massachusetts with proof of residency

The qualifying patient has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition and has obtained medical records showing the diagnosis of that condition as outlined below for qualifying medical marijuana conditions.

Once your physician has registered you with the Department of Public Health as a qualifying patient, you must obtain a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana card from the state of Massachusetts.


MASSACHUSETTS QUALIFYING MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONDITIONS

Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.

HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MASSACHUSETTS

A qualifying patient may apply to the Department of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusettsfor a Massachusetts medical marijuana card by submitting:

Written certification from a physician.

An application, including:
(a) Name, address unless homeless, and date of birth.
(b) Name, address and date of birth of the qualifying patient's personal caregiver, if any.

REQUIREMENTS TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MASSACHUSETTS

You must be at least 18 years old

You must live in Massachusetts with proof of residency.

You must be a qualified patient that has been diagnosed by a doctor as having a debilitating medical condition and must have the medical records showing proof of that condition as outlined by the qualifying medical cannabis conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, post traumatic stress disorder, or any chronic or debilitating medical condition or disease that produces wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, or muscle spasms, or other condition approved by DPH. These conditions would qualify you for a Massachusetts marijuana card.

WHAT IS A MASSACHUSETTS MARIJUANA CARD?

A Massachusetts Marijuana card is a personal identification card issued by the Department to a qualifying patient, personal caregiver, or dispensary agent. The Massachusetts Marijuana card shall verify that a physician has provided a written certification to the qualifying patient, that the patient has designated the individual as a personal caregiver, or that a medical treatment center has met the terms of law. The Massachusetts marijuana card shall identify for the Department and law enforcement those individuals who are exempt from Massachusetts criminal and civil penalties for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Michigan?

www.mass.gov/medicalmarijuana

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Michigan

On November 4, 2008, Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), which allows seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis). The Act permits an individual with a qualifying debilitating medical condition to register as a medical marijuana patient with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and avoid criminal penalties under state law for certain medical uses of marijuana. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) was established to administer the registration program provided for in Michigan medical marijuana law. The MMMP reviews applications submitted by patients and caregivers wishing to participate in the MMMP and issues medical marihuana registration identification cards to those individuals whose applications are approved.

Read the full text of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act here.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MICHIGAN

To qualify to use medical marijuana in the state of Michigan, a patient must:

Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Be sure to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment. Learn how to request your medical records.

Receive a recommendation from a Michigan licensed MD or DO. Find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in Michigan here.

Register with the Michigan Department of Community Health to obtain a medical marijuana card.

WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS IN MICHIGAN?

Patients must suffer from a debilitating medical condition, defined by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as:

CancerGlaucomaHIV/AIDShepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, or nail patella.

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:

Cachexia or wasting syndrome;

severe and chronic pain

Severe nausea

Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or

Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, butmarijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with Michigan state law.

According to Michigan marijuana laws, patients and their caregivers are allowed to grow medical marijuana only for the qualified patient's private medical use; they can possess up to 2.5 usable ounces and 12 plants; and they cannot purchase or sell medical cannabis.

HOW TO CONTACT THE MMMP

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program is administered by the Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Community Health.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 30083
Lansing, Michigan   48909

Street Address:

611 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan   48933

Telephone Number:

517-373-0395

Email Address:  BHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov

HOW TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MICHIGAN

Fill out the appropriate application:

MMMP - Application Form and Instructions

MMMP - Application Form and Instructions for Minors

Have a Michigan Licensed MD or DO complete and sign the Physician Certification form, which is included in the application form above. Find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in Michigan here.

Mail the application and Physician Certification to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) along with the following documents:

Copy of Patient’s Photo Identification

Copy of Patient’s Photo Identification

Caregiver Attestation (if applicable; included in the application form)

Copy of Caregiver’s Photo Identification (if applicable)

A check or money orderin the amount of $100.00 (or a reduced fee of $25.00 if currently enrolled in Medicaid or receiving SSI or SSD* )made payable to State of Michigan—MMMP

  Mail to:

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Michigan Medical Marihuana Registry

P.O. Box 30083

Lansing, MI 48909

 

Your application will be approved or denied within 15 days of receipt by the MDCH. Please remember to retain a copy of your application for your files.

***If you are submitting a reduced fee, you must also include a copy of documentation verifying receipt of Medicaid, SSI or SSD (i.e. Award Letter, MI Health Card, most recent SSA-1099, etc.)***

OTHER MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM - MMMP FORMS / INFO:

Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP)

Phone: (517) 373-0395

Email: BHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov

 



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Minnesota?

http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/

HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN MINNESOTA

Patients looking to become a medical marijuana patient in the State of Minnesota must possess and be able to readily provide a valid form of Minnesota identification as a legitimate proof of residency. If in the event that a patient does not have a valid form of a Minnesota I.D., there lies the potential for a passport or another form of photo identification to be utilized as a proof of residency. Examples of possible forms of identification may include a bank statement or utility bill.

Patients must be able to obtain legitimate medical records or health documentation that will aid their diagnosis to be recommended alternative medicine. These health records are extremely important and should be transferred over to the recommending doctor's office or to a patient's first ever medical marijuana evaluation. If a patient wishes to learn how to request previous medical records, please check our step-by-step process.

Patients must obtain a written certification from a doctor that is licensed to recommend medical marijuana in the State of Minnesota. It should also be taken into consideration that patients are highly encouraged to establish a long-standing relationship with the physician conducting any evaluations.

In order for a patient to become approved into the state’s medical marijuana program, an application for a Minnesota medical marijuana card must be filled-out and submitted to the appropriate state authority.


MINNESOTA QUALIFYING MARIJUANA PATIENT CONDITIONS

Patients in Minnesota that have been diagnosed with the following medical conditions are qualified to utilize recommended medical marijuana as an alternative treatment option under Minnesota’s medical marijuana measure:

Cancer associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting syndrome; Glaucoma; HIV/AIDS; Tourette’s Syndrome; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease; Seizures, including those of which exhibit characteristics of epilepsy; Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those that exhibit characteristics of multiple sclerosis; Crohn’s Disease; any terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than one year, especially if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting syndrome. 

HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MINNESOTA

Prospective Minnesota medical marijuana patients who are looking to qualify for this type of treatment must first become diagnosed by a licensed physician for possessing one of the following chronic or debilitating medical conditions outlined by the state: Cancer associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting syndrome; Glaucoma; HIV/AIDS; Tourette’s Syndrome; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease; Seizures, including those of which exhibit characteristics of epilepsy; Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those that exhibit characteristics of multiple sclerosis; Crohn’s Disease; any terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than one year, especially if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting syndrome.

Patients must be a resident of the State of Minnesota. 

WHAT IS A MINNESOTA MARIJUANA CARD?

Physicians will not “prescribe” marijuana in the same way other pharmaceutical medications are prescribed to patients. The State of Minnesota has developed verification for marijuana authorization, meaning a physician may use to issue a written certification that a particular patient has been diagnosed with a disease that makes the patient eligible for the therapeutic use of marijuana. While the state has not defined a medical marijuana “card,” they organized a patient database that issues a particular certification number for alternative medicine. In addition, the recommending physician will have to explain the potential risks and benefits medical marijuana use to the patient or their legal guardian.



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Montana?


HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN MONTANA

Must be a Montana Resident with a valid Montana I.D. as proof of residency.

Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.

Obtain a Written Certification from a physician licensed in the state of Montana that you are a qualifying patient. Find a medical marijuana doctor in Montana here.

If you are applying for marijuana use for chronic pain, you must provide necessary and relevant x-ray, MRI or other diagnostics; OR have a second physician may confirm the chronic pain diagnosis, after performing a physical exam. Download Physician's Statement for a Chronic Pain Diagnosis here.

Register with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services by sending your application form, Written Certification and a $25 annual application fee to the address listed below. Patients can download the application form here.Please note that minors who are applying to qualify for medical marijuana on or after June 20, 2011 must have a recommendation from two physicians in order to be on the registry.

UPDATE: Due to changes with SB 423, all caregivers must now register as “providers.” It’s imperative that growers and caregivers complete the necessary paperwork to become a registered provider.Here’s the application.

WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS IN MONTANA?

In Montana, the following debilitating medical conditions can be treated with Medical Cannabis:

a.     cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome when the condition or disease results in symptoms that seriously and adversely affect the patient's health status;

b.     cachexia or wasting syndrome;

c.     severe chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient's treating physician and by:

objective proof of the etiology of the pain, including relevant and necessary diagnostic tests that may include but are not limited to the results of an x-ray, computerized tomography scan, or magnetic resonance imaging; or

confirmation of that diagnosis from a second physician who is independent of the treating physician and who conducts a physical examination;

d.     intractable nausea or vomiting;

e.     epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder;

f.      multiple sclerosis;

g.     Crohn's disease;

h.     painful peripheral neuropathy;

i.      a central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms;

j.      admittance into hospice care in accordance with rules adopted by the department; or

k.      any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition approved by the legislature.

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, butmarijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Montana medical marijuana law, patients and their caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient's private use and each may possess 4 mature plants, 12 seedlings, and 1 ounce of usable marijuana.. The Montana Medical Marijuana Act does not allow for the purchase or sale of medical cannabis and caregivers must agree to supply cannabis to registered patients for free.

HOW TO CONTACT THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Mailing Address:

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Licensure Bureau
2401 Colonial Drive, P.O. Box 202953
Helena, MT, 59620-2953


Phone Number:

406-444-2676

HOW TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MONTANA

Fill out the Montana Medical Marijuana Program Application* Form. 

Have a physician  licensed in the state of Montana fill out the appropriate section of the Medical Marijuana Program Application, indicating that you are a qualifying patient. Find a medical marijuana doctor in Montana here.

If you are applying with chronic pain as a qualifying condition, your physician must fill out thePhysician's Statement for a Chronic Pain Diagnosis**.

Additionally, minors must fill out a Minor Registry Application Packet, which must be requested from the department by contacting the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Licensure Bureau, 2401 Colonial Drive, P.O. Box 202953, Helena, MT 59620-2953.

UPDATE: Due to changes with SB 423, all caregivers must now register as “providers.” It’s imperative that growers and caregivers complete the necessary paperwork to become a registered provider.Here’s the application***.

Mail or fax the appropriate forms along withan application fee of $25 paid to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to:

DPHHS/MMP
PO BOX 202953
HELENA MT 59620-2953

OTHER MONTANA MARIJUANA PROGRAM FORMS:

Registered Cardholder (Patient) Application*

Physician's Statement for a Debilitating Medical Condition

Physician's Statement for a Chronic Pain Diagnosis**

Landlord Permission Form

Change Request Form

Minor Registered Cardholder (Patient) Application

Physician's Statement for Minors

Caregiver/Marijuana Infused Products Provider Application Form***



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Nevada?

HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN NEVADA

1.     Must be a Nevada Resident with a valid Nevada I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Nevada I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.

2.     Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.

3.     Submit an Application for the Medical Marijuana Program with the Nevada State Health Division. To obtain the application form, you must send a written request and application fee to the Nevada State Health Division (See instructions here).

4.     This application form will include a Physician Statement (aka medical marijuana recommendation form) that you must bring with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment. Find a medical marijuana doctor in Nevada here.

5.     Complete and submit the application form.The DMV will then issue you a medical marijuana card.

6.     You will not be able to obtain a Medical Marijuana Card if you hold a Commercial Drivers License.

WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS IN NEVADA?

Patients diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under Question 9:

·       HIV/AIDS,

·       Cancer

·       PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

·       Glaucoma, and

·       Any medical condition or treatment to a medical condition that produces:

o   Cachexia

o   Persistent muscle spasms or seizures

o   Severe nausea or pain.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, butmarijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Nevada medical marijuana law, patients and their caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient's private use and may possess one usable ounce and seven plants, three of which may be mature. Nevada’s medical marijuana laws do not include provisions for the selling or distributing of medical cannabis.

HOW TO CONTACT THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Mailing Address:
Nevada State Health Division
1000 East Williams St., Ste. 209
Carson City, NV 89701

Phone Number: 
775-687-7590

HOW TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN NEVADA

1.     In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in Nevada, you must first obtain an application form for the Medical Marijuana Program from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada State Health Division. If you are interested in recieving the application form, then please send a written request, along with a check or money order in the amount of $50 made payable to the Nevada State Health Division. Mail your request to:

Nevada State Health Division, Medical Marijuana Program

4150 Technology Way
Suite 104
Carson City, Nevada 89706

Contact Information

Phone: (775) 687-7594

Fax: (775) 684-4156

***NOTE: All application requests and changes to existing patient/caregiver records must be submitted in writing through the US Postal Service, UPS. or FEDEX only. Walk-in service is NOT available.***

2. Your written request should include:

·       The address where the application should be mailed

·       If you have a caregiver, include a request for a caregiver packet

·       If you are requesting an application for someone other than yourself, include that person’s name and address

·       If you are requesting an application for a minor, include a request for a minor release

·       You will NOT be able to obtain a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card if you hold a Commercial Driver's License.

3. Follow the instructions on the application form. Once you are approved, the DMV will issue you a medical marijuana card.

RELATED NEVADA MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM LINKS

·       NV MMJ - NRS 453A

·       NV MMJ - NAC 453A

·       NV MMJ - Important Notice

·       NV MMJ - Warning Notice

·       NV MMJ - FAQ's

·       NV MMJ - Program Facts

NV MMJ - Flowshart of Application Process

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How do I get a medical marijuana card in New Jersey?

You must be a resident of New Jersey.  

Your physician must register with DHSS to participate in the program, and must attest that you are undergoing treatment for an active debilitating medical condition, and may benefit from the use of medicinal marijuana to relieve symptoms. This must be a physician who has ongoing responsibility for your care. Patiens can find a medical marijuana doctor in New Jersey here.

Note: You may be required to bring a copy of your medical records to your marijuana evaluation appointment, indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records.

Once your physician has registered you with the DHSS as a qualifying patient, you must obtain aMedical Marijuana card from the NJMMP. Click here to learn how.

 

WHICH AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS IN NEW JERSEY?

Patients in New Jersey diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act:

One of the following conditions, if resistant to conventional medical therapy: seizure disorder, including epilepsy, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity,or glaucoma;

HIV/AIDS or cancer, if severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome results from the condition or treatment thereof;

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer, muscular dystrophy, or inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease;

Terminal illness, if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, butmarijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

Unlike other medical marijuana states, New Jersey medical marijuana law does not allow for the cultivation of medical cannabis.  Patients may only purchase a recommended amount of medical marijuana at one of the following state-monitored cannabis dispensaries:

·       Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center Corp. in Manalapan

·       Compassionate Care Centers of America Foundation in New Brunswick

·       Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., in Bellmawr

·       Compassionate Sciences Inc., in Burlington or Camden County

·       Foundation Harmony in Secaucus

·       Greenleaf Compassionate Center in Montclair

HOW TO CONTACT THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES


Mailing Address:
Department of Health and Senior Services
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

Phone: 
(609) 292-7837

NEW JERSEY MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD

Under the New Jersey Medical Marijuana law, patients will be issued medical marijuana ID cards (aka cannabis cards) through the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program (NJMMP). The program was put on hold in April, but as of July 2011 Gov. Christie advised the program to move forward. Patients may not be able to purchase medical marijuana until the end of the year but in the meantime, the NJMMP has provided the following directions on applying for the NJ medical marijuana program:

STEPS FOR REGISTERING A PATIENT FOR THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES MEDICINAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM

 

The patient’s bona fide physician initiates the patient’s application via on-line registration athttp://njmmp.nj.gov.

In order to register a patient, physicians need to first register with the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) by clicking here.

In addition to their name and date of birth, physicians will need to enter their medical and CDS license numbers issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to complete their registration. Once physicians submit their registration, their applications will be verified and approved by MMP staff. Registration cannot be completed without both medical and CDS license numbers which will be verified by DCA.

Once approved, physicians can log in to their accounts and initiate patient applications. For each patient, the physician will need to provide the patient’s name, address, date of birth and debilitating medical condition. On submitting this information, a secure Patient ID is created.

The physician can print out the patient ID page and provide it to the patient to complete his/her application. Patients can either register on-line by clicking on “Patient Registration” (and entering the patient ID) at http://njmmp.nj.gov or completing their application and sending it by mail to the MMP.Please note that patient registration will begin later this year.

Note:  Physicians can update the patient statements themselves or create an account for their staff.



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in New Mexico?

NM Medical Cannabis Program

HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN NEW MEXICO

Must be a resident of New Mexico with a valid New Mexico I.D. as proof of residency.

Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment. Please note the following guidelines:

If applying under Chronic Pain, you must have a second certification from a specialist

If applying under PTSD, you must have medical records showing a psychiatrist’s diagnosis

If applying under Glaucoma, you must have medical records showing an ophthalmologist’s diagnosis

If applying under Inflammatory Autoimmune-Mediated Arthritis, you must have a certification from a Rheumatologist

Obtain written certificationfrom a physician licensed in the state of New Mexico that that you are a qualifying patient. Find a medical marijuana doctor in New Mexico here.

Register with the New Mexico Department of Health to receive a registry identification card. Here are step by step directions on how to get your medical marijuana card in NM.

 

 WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS IN NEW MEXICO?

Severe chronic pain

Painful peripheral neuropathy

Intractable nausea/vomiting

Severe anorexia/cachexia

Hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment

Crohn's disease

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)

Cancer

Glaucoma

HIV/AIDS

Multiple sclerosis

Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity

Epilepsy

Hospice patients

Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, butmarijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

 

Under New Mexico medical marijuana law, Qualified patients may purchase cannabis from a state licensed producer and possess up to six ounces of medical cannabis. You can have more than six ounces of useable medical cannabis if you provide the Department of Health with a letter of special need from your certifying medical provider. This letter must explain why you need a larger amount and must specify what amount your medical provider thinks you need. The state website explains that once you are approved they will provide you with information about how to contact the licensed producers to receive medical cannabis. In order to grow your own marijuana, you apply for a specific license. Download the application here. If you are approved, you can have four mature plants and 12 seedlings.

 

HOW TO CONTACT THE NEW MEXICO MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM

Mailing Address

Department of Health
1190 St. Francis Drive
Suite S1203
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Fax: (505) 827-2862

Phone Number:

(505) 827-2321

Email:

medical.cannabis@state.nm.us

NEW MEXICO MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD

In order to receive full legal protections of New Mexico medical marijuana law, a qualified patient or a primary caregiver must obtain a registry identification card, also referred to as a medical marijuana card or cannabis card, from the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH). Follow this link to find a medical marijuana doctor in New Mexico.

HOW TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN NEW MEXICO

Complete the entire Participant Application Form, making sure your Marijuana Doctors physician fills out the appropriate sections. If you wish to produce your own medical cannabis, then be sure to complete the Person Production License Application Form requirements for licensure of qualified patients to produce cannabis plants for personal use. To asssign a caregive, then simply complete the Caregiver Application Form as well.

Make a clear and visible copy of your NM Photo ID.

You must also adhere to the following guidelines regarding certain approved conditions:

If applying under Chronic Pain, you must have a second certification from a specialist

If applying under PTSD, you must have medical records showing a psychiatrist’s diagnosis

If applying under Glaucoma, you must have medical records showing an ophthalmologist’s diagnosis

If applying under Inflammatory Autoimmune-Mediated Arthritis, you must have a certification from a Rheumatologist

Mail necessary forms to:
Department of Health
1190 Saint Francis Drive
Suite S1300
Santa Fe, NM 87502

If you have questions, please contact the Medical Cannabis Program Staff at (505) 827-2321 or email medical.cannabis@state.nm.us

OTHER RELATED NM MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM FORMS

Patient Application Form

Caregiver Application Form

Personal Production License Application

Information Change or Replacement Card

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Medical Cannabis Programs Rules and Regulations

Medical Cannabis Programs Reports and Facts



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in New York?

New York State Medical Marijuana Program

Please note that in order to become registered as a New York medical marijuana patient, you must first possess a document-driven condition that has been clearly outlined by the New York State Department of Health’s list of qualifying conditions (via the Compassionate Care Act). Medical conditions that may be alleviated by the use of therapeutic cannabis are listed below. Additionally, the health commissioner may also add or delete conditions and must decide whether to add Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, PTSD, and rheumatoid arthritis within 18 months of the law’s effective date.

Click on the link if you wish to view Assembly Bill 6357.

HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN NEW YORK

Patients must be a valid citizen residing in the State of New York and can readily provide an authentic form of New York State identification as a proof of residency. If in the event that a patient does not have a valid New York I.D. card, there is the potential that the state will accept a U.S. passport or another other form of photo identification that features the patient’s proof of residency on it. Examples of possible forms of identification may include a bank statement or even a utility bill.

Patients are required to obtain medical records or legitimate health documentation that outlines a specific medical diagnosis. A patient’s health records are an extremely important component of this process and should be transferred over to the recommending doctor's office prior to a patient's first visit. If in the event a patient wishes to learn how to request medical documentation, they can check out our detailed step-by-step process.

Patients must also obtain a written certification from a healthcare practitioner that is licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana in the State of New York. Patients must also take into consideration that establishing a long-standing and bona fide relationship with the recommending physician is an essential factor in determining if alternative medicine is the right treatment option.

Please note that in order for a patient to become fully approved into the state’s medical marijuana program, an application for a New York medical marijuana card must be filled-out and submitted to the appropriate state authority. This is the final process before the actual obtaining of the card. Once a patient has received their New York medical marijuana card or temporary authorization, they are then able to find a legitimate safe-access source. 

NEW YORK QUALIFYING MARIJUANA PATIENT CONDITIONS

According to Assembly Bill 6357 a serious conditions means having one of the following severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions: 

Cancer, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Amyotrophic  Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Parkinson's Disease,Multiple Sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD),neuropathies and Huntington's Disease. 

Patients could also suffer from a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition or any of the following conditions where it is clinically associated with a complication of a condition under this paragraph or its treatment: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms or such conditions as added by the Commissioner.

Please note that in order to obtain a New York medical marijuana card, qualifying patients must be deemed eligible according to New York State marijuana guidelines, along with a doctor's consent. Patient's may obtain a written medical marijuana certification from a licensed healthcare practitioner upon receiving a comprehensive and thorough medical marijuana evaluation that details a patient's past health history.


GETTING YOUR NEW YORK MARIJUANA CARD

Prospective New York medical marijuana patients who are looking to qualify for this type of treatment must first become diagnosed by a licensed physician for possessing one of the following chronic or debilitating medical conditions outlined by the state: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage causing spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, or Huntington’s disease.

Patients must also be a resident of the State of New York, providing a valid form of identification that they reside within the state's parameters.


Physicians will not “prescribe” medical marijuana in the same way other pharmaceutical medications are prescribed to patients. The State of New York has developed verification for marijuana authorization, meaning a physician may use to issue a written recommendation that a particular patient has been diagnosed with a condition eligible for the therapeutic use of marijuana.

A New York medical marijuana patient must have their medical marijuana card on them at all times, as this is protection against any legal prosecution. The State has organized a patient database that issues a particular certification number for alternative medicine. In addition, the recommending physician will have to explain the potential risks and benefits medical marijuana use to the patient or their legal guardian.

 



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Oregon?

Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP)

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON

You must be a US citizen. You do not have to be an Oregon resident. Oregon allows patients from all states to qualify for medical marijuana.

Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.

Obtain written certificationfrom a doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO), licensed in the state of Oregon that that you are a qualifying patient. You can find a qualified medical marijuana physician in Oregon here.

Register with and receive a registry identification card (aka medical marijuana card) from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Currently, residents of any state are permitted to register with the OMMP.

WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS?

Patients in Oregon diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act:

CancerGlaucomaHIV/AIDS, or treatment for these conditions;

A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following: 

Cachexia;

Severe pain;

Severe nausea;

Seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy;

Persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis; or

agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, butmarijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Oregon medical marijuana law, patients or their primary caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient's private use (as long as they provide the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program with the address of the grow site) and may possess legally possess up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana, six mature marijuana plants, and 18 seedlings. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act does not make any provisions for a supply or source from which to purchase medical cannabis.

HOW TO CONTACT THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

Mailing Address: 
Oregon Department of Human Services
800 NE Oregon St.
Portland, OR 97232

Phone Number: 
(503) 731-4000

In order to receive full legal protections of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), qualified medical marijuana patients must register with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). The application fee is $200; however the fee is reduced to $100 for patients on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or monthly Food Stamp benefits, or $20 for those receiving monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

HOW TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN OREGON

Obtain a signed Physician’s Statement froma Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) currently licensed to practice medicine in Oregon under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 677. You can find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in Oregon here.

Complete and sign an OMMP Application Form.

Pay an application fee via check or money order in the amount of $200 payable to “OMMP” or “DHS/State of Oregon.” The fee is reduced to $100 for patients on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or monthly Food Stamp benefits, or $20 for those receiving monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

You must provide a clear, legible, and valid copy of a U.S. State or Federal issued photographic identification card that includes last name, first name, and date of birth. If the information or expiration date is not on the front of the ID, copy the back of the card showing that it is current.

 If you are under age 18, your parent or guardian must complete the OMMP - Declaration of Person Responsible for a Minorform and complete Part B of the Application Form as a primary caregiver. This form must be notarized. 

Mail all of the above  to:

DHS/OMMP
PO BOX 14450 
Portland, OR 97293-0450

*To contact the OMMP directly call (971) 673-1234 from 8am to 4:45pm, Mon-Fri.

RELATED OMMP FORMS AND INFORMATION

OMMP - Basic Facts

OMMP - Statistics/Data

OMMP - Confidentiality

OMMP - Application Form

OMMP - Application Form Instructions  

OMMP - Attending Physician's Statement

OMMP - Change Request Form

OMMP - Change Request Form Instructions

OMMP - Declaration of Person Responsible for A Minor to Participate in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program

Oregon NORML Medical Marijuana Act Handbook

Oregon Medical Marijuana



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island?

RI Medical Marijuana Program (MMP)

HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN RHODE ISLAND

Must be a resident of Rhode Island with a valid Rhode Island I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Rhode Island I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.

Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.

Obtain written certificationfrom a physician licensed in the state of Rhode Island that that you are a qualifying patient.You can find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in Rhode Island here.

Register with the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program to receive a registry identification card akamedical marijuana card by sending your application form and application fee to the address listed below. Patients can download an application here. 

WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS?

Patients in Rhode Island diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under the Medical Marijuana Act:

Cancer

Glaucoma

HIV/AIDS

Hepatitis C

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: 

Cachexia or wasting syndrome;

Severe, debilitating, chronic pain;

Severe nausea;

Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or

Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis orCrohn's disease; or

agitation of Alzheimer's Disease

Other conditions are subject to approval by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, butmarijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Rhode Island medical marijuana law, patients and their caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient's private use and may possess up to 2.5 usable ounces and 12 plants. Rhode Island’s medical marijuana laws do not include provisions for the selling or distributing of medical cannabis.

HOW TO CONTACT THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Mailing Address:
Department of Health - Medical Marijuana Program

Office of Health Professionals Regulation, Room 104

3 Capitol Hill

Providence, RI 02908-5097

Phone Number:

401-222-2828

Fax:
401-222-1272

RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD

In order to receive full legal protections of the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, qualified patients must register the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program to receive a registry identification card. The application fee is $75, however the fee is reduced to $10 for patients receiving Medicaid, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

HOW TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM I.D. CARD

Proof of Rhode Island residency is required. The following are acceptable documents: copy of a RI Driver's License, RI State ID or a copy of a lease/rental agreement [NOTE: your name must appear on the document you submit as proof of residency].

Acquire an Attending Practitioner Statement signed by a physician licensed to practice in the State of Rhode Island. This can be found within the application form below.

Complete and sign a Registration for Medical Marijuana Program – New Application.

Pay a non-refundable application fee of $75 via check or money order, payable to RI General Treasure.

If you are currently receiving Medicaid, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the fee is reduced to $10 and you MUST submit satisfactory evidence along with your application of being a recipient.

Mail your application forms and application fee to:

Department of Health - Medical Marijuana Program
Office of Health Professionals Regulation, Room 104
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097

Phone: (401) 222-2828 || Fax: (401) 222-1272

OTHER RELATED RI MMP FORMS

RIMMP - New Patient Application

RIMMP - Patient Information Change Form



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How do I get a medical marijuana card in Washington State?

Medical Marijuana (Cannabis)

HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN WASHINGTON

Must be a resident of Washington with a valid Washington I.D. as proof of residency. 

Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.Must have a formal statement signed by a Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), registered nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, medical physician assistant, or osteopathic physician assistant currently licensed to practice medicine in Washington. Find a medical marijuana doctor in Washington here.

WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS?        

Patients in Washington diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under theWashington Medical Marijuana law:

Cancer,  HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, or spasticity disorders;

Intractable pain;

Glaucoma, either acute or chronic;

Crohn's Disease;

Hepatitis C; or

Any disease, including anorexia, which results in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, and/or spasticity, when these symptoms are unrelieved by standard treatments.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, butmarijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Washington medical marijuana laws, patients and their caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient's private use and may possess a "sixty-day supply." While Washington's original medical marijuana laws do not include provisions for the selling or distributing of medical cannabis, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed a new law in July 2011 that will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to be regulated in Seattle like any legal business. Please note that your recommendation is valid as long as your physician deems necessary.

HOW TO CONTACT THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Mailing Address:

Washington State Department of Health
1112 SE Quince St.
P.O. Box 47890
Olympia, WA 98504-7890

Phone Number: 
(800) 525-0127 or (360) 236-4052

WASHINGTON MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD

There is currently no state ID program or registry for medical marijuana patients in Washington. In order to receive full legal protections of the Washington State Medical Marijuana Act, qualified patients only need to obtain a written recommendation from a state licensed doctor. Find a medical marijuana doctor in Washington here.

 



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