Medical marijuana cards are state issued IDs that offer legal protection to patients who have received approval for a medical marijuana program in their state.
It is worthwhile to note that only marijuana cardholders can avail access to medicinal marijuana dispensaries in their state when it comes to buying marijuana for treatment. Furthermore, no one is legally protected from prosecution if he or she does not possess a medical marijuana card.
Patients suffering from cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, nail-patella syndrome, and neuropathic pain associated with HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis can get a medicinal marijuana card.
One needs to have a clear and complete understanding of the local laws before opting for a medicinal marijuana card. In the United States, few states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington) have legalized use of medical marijuana.
There are 9 states in the United States (Alabama, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina) that have pending legislation while marijuana legalization have failed in five U.S. states (Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia). Two states in the U.S. (Florida and Texas) may opt for a “favorable” legislation but would not legalize medical marijuana usage.
In order to get a medical marijuana card, one can contact a marijuana dispensary. Marijuana dispensaries approved a card request after an individual has contacted a licensed doctor and get a letter of recommendation from him. Once the recommendation letter has been received, the individual can submit application to the respective state body and pay the required fee. The medicinal marijuana is sent by mail once the state body approves the application.
It is important for all to note that medicinal marijuana dispensaries have very strict and regulated procedures as they are part of a legitimate medical industry. No medical dispensary approves the request for a medical marijuana card for people who are looking to use the drug for recreational purposes. Moreover, states closely track the patients, doctors, and dispensaries that are parts of medical marijuana programs.
The ownership of a medical marijuana card allows a patient to possess, transport, and use – and in many cases also grow – medical marijuana for medicinal use and their caregivers possessing such a card get the same legal rights and protection. Medical marijuana cards are, usually, valid for a period of 3-12 months, and dependent upon the state the card is issued in. After expiry of the card, it can be renewed by contacting the same state authorization body.