Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
No matter what state you live in where medical marijuana is legal, you’ll need to go through a medical cannabis consultation before you’re able to obtain a cannabis card. Medical cannabis evaluations are typically easy, taking about 30 minutes on average. Here’s some information on what to expect.
In order to be able to get your card, you’ll need to have a qualifying condition. This can vary from state to state, but in most instances, you’ll qualify if you have one of these conditions:
As far as other conditions are concerned, some qualify and some don’t. For example, you may be able to obtain medical marijuana in some states if you have post-traumatic stress disorder, but you won’t be able to in other states. Check your local laws to make sure what conditions qualify. Once you establish that your condition does qualify, you’ll then need to schedule an appointment with one of the doctors in your area who perform medical cannabis evaluations. MarijuanaDoctors.com makes it easy. Just go to the Find a Doctor tab, locate your state and look for doctors in your area.
After you find a doctor and schedule an appointment, you’ll need to make sure you bring whatever documents are needed. The doctor’s office will let you know which ones to bring, but they typically include a government ID and medical records that show the medicines you’re currently taking.
During the evaluation, the doctor will assess your condition and perform any necessary tests. You’ll then receive a detailed plan of treatment, along with a certification signed by the doctor.
There are some states where you don’t have to go into a doctor’s office for your medical cannabis consultation — you simply do it online in the comfort of your home. You simply connect with the doctor for a video consultation. If the physician believes you’re a good candidate to receive medical marijuana, he or she will send you a PDF of your certification. If you prefer, the doctor can also send your certification to you in the mail. Online medical cannabis evaluations conform to all federal requirements in regard to protecting your personal health information.
Licensed physicians in good standing, having conducted a qualifying medical marijuana evaluation, certify patients with a medical marijuana recommendation. Only medical marijuana recommendations comply with state law, consistent with the qualifying medical marijuana evaluation. Please note that by law, physicians are not able to prescribe marijuana to their patients as if it were a drug available at pharmacy. Any patient who claims they have received a prescription for medical marijuana from a licensed physician is mistaken; a medical marijuana prescription is illegal.
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