Even though marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, individual states have legalized it. In reality, in addition to Washington, D.C., almost two-thirds of US states currently allow for the legal use of marijuana for medical or adult purposes. And in the next years, this number is only anticipated to rise.
However, each state has its own set of requirements for obtaining a medical marijuana card. This comprehensive state-by-state breakdown was created to provide you with the most up-to-date information on your home state’s process.
In all states, you must present proof in the form of an accepted form of identification that you are a resident of the state. An authentic driver’s license or a state-issued identification card are also acceptable forms of identification card. In addition, most states (as well as the referring physician’s office) will levy a fee. These are important considerations to make before beginning the application process. Do you have to be a resident to get a medical card?
Let’s take a look at some general requirements that are familiar to all states with an MMJ program.
- You must produce proof of residency in that state.
- You must contact a licensed physician. PA or ARNP recommendations may be allowed depending on the state. This physician will assess you to see if you have any qualifying medical issues. No physician is obligated to provide an MMJ consultation, nor are they legally required to write a recommendation.
- Submit your documentation to the state in where you now reside, as well as all applicable application forms. (These can be found on the state’s official MMJ program website.) As part of the all-inclusive consultation price, your physician’s office will usually assist you with this process.
- Pay the fee for your medical cannabis card, as well as any other fees that may be due. (The state-by-state fees are listed in the categories below.) Also, keep in mind that SNAP members may be eligible for application fee waivers or discounts. Fee exemptions or discounts are also available for those who participate in other government assistance programs.
- Visit a state-licensed dispensary where you can legally purchase medical marijuana (unless state laws allow you to grow your cannabis).