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How Do I Get A Medical Marijuana Card

Updated on August 27, 2011

Medical Marijuana Card

Legal Marijuana With A Card


Medical Marijuana is now legal in 19 states, which means that folks with major medical conditions now have an opportunity to legally partake in the drug to ease the symptoms of their condition. But, just because it's legal, doesn’t mean that it’s easy to understand all that you must do in order to get a medical marijuana card. In fact, getting a doctor to sign off on your medical cannabis card is only the first step in a long line of steps to safely and legally buy marijuana in the United States. Below is an outline of what you must know in order to get a medical marijuana card legally.

Where Is It Legal?


First you need to know where you can legally apply for a medical marijuana card. It doesn’t do you any good to pursue a card if your state doesn’t support the legislation to make it legal. Below is a list of the states that have legalized medical marijuana. If your state doesn’t have the proper legislation you’ll have to move if you want a card.

Alaska ,Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington

What Condition Is Your Condition In?


Besides living in a state that allows medical marijuana, you must also have a medical condition that is treatable with marijuana. The conditions can range from severe to minor and are similar in most states. Although your doctor will be the one to tell you if you can benefit from medicinal marijuana, it’s a good idea to know if your condition is even considered a candidate. Some conditions that marijuana is prescribed for include: nausea, vomiting, premenstrual syndrom, unintentional weight loss, lack of appetite, spasticity, extremely painful conditions like neurogenic pain, movement disorders, asthma and glaucoma. There may be more that are considered and you can never know until you meet with your doctor.

Get Thee To A Doctor


The next step in procuring your medical cannabis card is to see a doctor that is friendly to the idea of prescribing marijuana as a treatment for your condition. Many doctors who care about the long term health of their patients will be open to the idea of prescribing marijuana to a patient – as long as it is for a real condition. Doctors are very good at weeding out people who have ‘conditions’ that require marijuana. If a doctor thinks you are just looking to get high, they will turn you away. Prescribing medical marijuana –even in states where it is legal – is a very heated issue that requires lots of knowledge and paperwork. Listen to your doctor and follow their advice and guidance. They know how to proceed or better yet, if to proceed.

Ask Permission


A big step in obtaining a medical marijuana card is making sure that you adhere to all the different parts of local law. So even if you get a card and a prescription you still need to check with your city and county codes to make sure that you abide by the local rules. If you don’t you may find out that although it is legal for you to carry marijuana and a pipe, you may not be able to carry it into a school, or you may not be able to carry a certain amount. It is important to follow all the rules of a medical marijuana card because the laws right now are so tenuous. Opponents of the law are just looking (and expecting) the users of medical marijuana cards to abuse the law. This will ruin it for everyone who relies on medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms.

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Treat Yourself


Having and using a marijuana card is a privilege in the United States and one that shouldn’t be abused unless you want it to be taken away. Regardless of how you feel about legalization, it is still a touchy subject in many states and around the nation. It is the job of all responsible medical marijuana card users to show the nation that marijuana has a place is civil society. That marijuana users are more than Hollywood would have us believe. Do your part to break the stereotype and give marijuana the fighting chance it deserves.

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