Applying for a medical marijuana card the first time can be an intimidating process. Below are six easy tips to guide you through the application process.
1. Check Your State’s Requirements
The federal government doesn’t have a medical marijuana program, but each state has its own guidelines.
Here are some general guidelines most states have for a Medical Marijuana Program:
- There’s a limit on how much you can have and buy (Depends in the states that regulate the program)
- You can’t use medical marijuana in public places such as government offices, schools, places where children are, restaurants, and buses or trains.
- States that allow home cultivation require plants to be out of public view.
- It’s illegal to drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence of medical marijuana.
- Federal workers can’t use medical marijuana, even if it’s legal in their state.
Laws about medical marijuana change often, so always check your state’s rules.
Current guidelines per state:
2. Compile the Necessary Documents
This depends on the state. Louisiana requires the following documents:
- A written certification from a physician
- A photocopy of your Louisiana issued driver’s license or state ID. Make sure that your name and address on your application form match the information on your ID.
3. Check if You Have a Qualifying Condition
Most states require you to see a physician to confirm if you’re suffering from one of the pre-approved list of medical conditions, such as epilepsy, anxiety, PTSD, or cancer.
Below is the list of qualifying conditions in Louisiana.
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Back Pain
- Bell’s Palsy
- Bipolar Disorder
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Cocaine Dependence
- Crohn’s Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Essential Tremors
- Headache Tension
- Headaches, Migraine
- Huntington’s Disease
- Intractable Vomiting
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Lyme Disease
- Malignant Melanoma
- Meniere’s Disease
- Motion Sickness
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle Spasms
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Opiate Dependence
- Panic Disorder
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Radiation Therapy
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
- Tobacco Dependence
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Wasting Syndrome
Any debilitating condition if a physician believes a patient will benefit.
And here is the list of qualifying conditions per state:
4. Keep Track of Your Medical Records
Your physician might ask you additional questions in relation to your medical marijuana application.
A medical record should include:
- Lab test reports
- Previous healthcare providers
- List of any chronic illnesses
- Diagnostic reports (CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, biopsies)
These aren’t required, but they can serve as a backup document should your physician ask for more information that will help them confirm if you’re qualified for a medical marijuana card.
5. Anticipate Some Fees
Getting a medical marijuana card involves paying some fees. These might not apply to everyone or to every state, but here are some of the instances in which you need to pay:
- Paying a doctor
- Paying the state for the card
- Renewing the card when it’s old
- Paying for a caretaker license (if needed)
- Buying medical marijuana products (this varies from state to state)
Each state decides its own prices and how often you need a new card. Some cards last three years (llinois) and some last only 90 days.
6. Stay Informed and Updated
Medical marijuana laws can change frequently. Make sure to stay informed about your state’s medical marijuana laws.
Find a resource you can trust, such as your government’s newsletter or blogs from trusted websites.
Along with providing a secure platform for people to apply for a medical marijuana card, TeleLeaf also ensures everyone is updated with the latest news about medical marijuana. Check our blogs.
Why Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
Legal Protection: A card provides legal protection against prosecution for possessing, using, or even growing cannabis in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Access to Dispensaries: With a medical marijuana card, you can buy medical cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries, ensuring you get quality-controlled and safe products.
Cost Savings: Medical marijuana is often taxed at a lower rate than recreational cannabis in states where both are legal. Having a medical marijuana card can help you save on cannabis products. Note: This doesn’t apply to all states.
Higher Possession Limits: Medical marijuana cardholders might be allowed to possess more cannabis than recreational users.
Where to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card
You can now apply for a medical marijuana card within the confines of your home. When you register with TeleLeaf, your discretion, security, and privacy are our top priorities.
All information and transactions remain securely stored in our HIPAA compliant EMR platform, and you will only be billed if you are approved.
Fill out our simple online intake form to schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate physicians.
Medical Marijuana Program – NCSL
Medical Cannabis Home Cultivation Guide – Office of Cannabis Management