There are patients who lose hope because some traditional treatments are failing over the years, and having a medicinal marijuana card seems like a pass for getting relief. You can gain legal access to medical cannabis if you have this card, but the process can be confusing and almost impossible to accomplish. Doctors do not prescribe this alternative medicine as easily as pharmaceutical medicines.
Here are the requirements you need to get a medicinal marijuana card.
Proof of residence
You can easily prove this by having a valid driver’s license. Medical cannabis is legal in the entire Canada, Washington, DC, and 29 states in the US.
The legalization of medicinal marijuana is increasing. Some states have pending legislature. Unfortunately, you will not be able to get a medicinal marijuana card if you do not live in a state where it is legal to use.
If you reside in a place that legalizes the use of medicinal marijuana, then you also have to check if your condition is on the list eligible to access it. The list varies from one state to another, so you need to know your local law on this matter.
Some debilitating, severe, and terminal diseases like multiple sclerosis, cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, and glaucoma are on almost every list and will guarantee your eligibility. Other conditions like anorexia, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, wasting syndrome, hepatitis C, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression are on many lists, but not on all.
Doctors may decide on your eligibility because some places are more focused on the symptoms instead of the condition. You can still be eligible if a diagnosis can prove that you experience chronic pain due to a condition that is not part of the list of eligible conditions.
The final step to get your medicinal marijuana card is to find a doctor who will sign your forms. However, you may need to find a new doctor because not all doctors are in favour of prescribing medicinal marijuana.
The good news is there are doctors and clinics that specifically help patients find a prescription for medicinal marijuana. So, if your diagnosis is an eligible condition, you will most likely be able to obtain a medicinal marijuana card when you find the right doctor. You just need to put in extra effort finding a clinic that offers the services you need.
Once you have completed these requirements, you can now get a medicinal marijuana card.
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