Getting a Legal Medical Marijuana Card or Recommendation
Without some knowledge about the medical marijuana industry or how to become a patient, it can be daunting and possibly even intimidating to begin your healing process with medicinal cannabis.
Fear not, unitedpatientsgroup.com is here to set your mind at ease. We give you the best possible information and resources about getting your recommendation or card. (Check out our medical marijuana blog to know which is better for you, a medical marijuana recommendation or cannabis card.)
Do you live/reside in a 'legal' medical cannabis state?
Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card:
- Visit a Licensed Doctor
- Receive Your Medical Cannabis Recommendation
- Apply for a Medicinal Marijuana Card with the State
- Pay Fees
- Get Approved
- Visit Your Local Dispensary!
1. Visit your licensed doctor
Getting your cannabis card is a multistep process. Firstly, you must find a licensed medical marijuana doctor who provides recommendations. United Patients Group has a comprehensive directory for medical marijuana doctors who can write you a recommendation and give you advice about legal cannabis.
2. Receive your medical marijuana recommendation
If your doctor thinks that medical marijuana can help you through your illness or ailment, he or she can elect to write you a recommendation. In some states, this will be enough to get you into your local dispensary; however, we suggest that you check with your local or state government for more information.
3. Apply for your medical marijuana card with the State
Once you have your recommendation, you are now authorized to apply for a medical marijuana card. After reviewing your paperwork and recommendation, your state government can regulate and approve your request for a cannabis card. [For Your Information: State governments will keep a registry of all medical marijuana card holders. A recommendation tends to be more confidential, staying between the doctor and any cannabis club you visit].
4. Pay government fees
In most states, your card or recommendation will remain valid for a year. Some states simply ask you to renew by paying a yearly fee, but others will request that you go through the entire process again.
5. Get approved for you medical marijuana card
With all of your fees paid, application filled out, and recommendation in hand, your medical marijuana card is not far away. The State will take a brief period of time to review and approve your application.
6. Visit your local dispensary
Now that you have your cannabis card, it’s time to find the best medical marijuana dispensary. UnitedPatientsGroup.com is the best resource for marijuana deals and information on your medication and finding a cannabis club.
Here's a good read on "First Time Visit to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary."
Becoming a Caregiver
Patient caregivers play an important role in the medical marijuana industry. Many patients are unable to get to the local dispensary to purchase medication for themselves. With the appropriate paperwork and doctors recommendations, a patient can assign a non-patient ‘caregiver’ status, which will allow them to visit cannabis clubs on the patient’s behalf.