How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Your State

Everything you need to know about how to access medical cannabis in your state or territory.

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With at least 34 states plus DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands offering their residents a comprehensive medical marijuana program, it is easier to pick out the states that don’t have some kind of cannabis accessibility on the books than those that do. Find out how to get a medical card by searching for your state or territory below.

Alabama

Registration Fee: None

Website: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/neurology/research/uab-cannabidiol-program

The only way to access medical cannabis in Alabama is to enter the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s cannabidiol study. Pediatric and adult patients with severe seizure disorders resistant to conventional therapies are eligible to enroll in the study.

Prospective patients can enroll by submitting the following documentation:

Once that information is gathered, eligible patients can submit it by mail to this address:

Attention: CBD Program Manager
1719 6th Avenue South
Civitan International Research Center, Suite 312
Birmingham, AL 35294

Alaska

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Registration Fee: $25 for first-time applications, $20 for timely renewals (those made before expiration)

Website: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/vitalstats/pages/marijuana.aspx

Eligibility for a medical card in Alaska requires the prospective patient to have one of the qualifying debilitating conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, and chronic diseases including cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, persistent muscle spasms, or any other condition covered by an approved petition.

In order to apply for a medical, patients must complete this application form. In addition to the form, applicants must submit the following:

  • Personal identification: applicant name, mailing address, physical address, birth date, Alaska driver’s license or ID card number.
  • Physician identification: doctor’s name, address, and telephone number
  • Caregiver information: if the patient designates a caregiver at the time of the application, that caregiver’s name and address must be provided
  • The applicant’s signature
  • An original, signed physician’s statement form (located in the application packet)
  • Application fee. The check or money order must be made payable to the Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Prospective patients should mail the completed application to this address:

In order to apply for a medical, patients must complete this application form. In addition to the form, applicants must submit the following:

Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics
Marijuana Registry
P.O Box 110699
Juneau, AK 99811-0699

Arizona

Registration Fee: $150 ($75 for eligible SNAP participants)

Website: https://www.azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/index.php

Prospective patients must have one or more of the following debilitating medical conditions to apply for a medical card in Arizona: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, or any other condition added to the department through petition.

Eligible patients can apply for a medical card in Arizona through the Arizona Department of Health Services website

Patients must gather the information outlined in this checklist prior to applying.

Arkansas

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Registration Fee: $50

Website: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/medical-marijuana-resources

If you are a member of the Arkansas National Guard or the US Military, you are ineligible from obtaining a medical marijuana card. If you do not belong to those organizations, you must meet the following to be eligible to participate in the MMJ program:

  • Be 18 years old or order, or if you are a minor, have parental consent
  • Be diagnosed by a physician with one of the following medical conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Tourette’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, PTSD, severe arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, cachexia, treatment-resistant intractable pain that has lasted for over 6 months, severe nausea, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, or any other department of health approved medical conditions
  • Have the official written certification signed by a physician
  • Have proof of Arkansas residency (driver’s license or state ID).

Applicants can submit their applications along with online here or via mail to this address:

Arkansas Department of Health
Medical Marijuana Section
4815 West Markham Slot 50
Little Rock, AR 72205

California

Registration Fee: up to $100 (depends on county)

Website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHSI/Pages/MMICP.aspx

In order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card in California, patients must have one of the following medical conditions: AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, nausea, or any other debilitating chronic or persistent medical condition.

California residents can fill out a medical marijuana card application and bring it to their county’s medical marijuana program. Applications are received in person.

In addition to the application, prospective patients must submit the following information:

  • A copy of their physician’s medical recommendation
  • Proof of identity (driver’s license or state ID)
  • Proof of residency (rental or mortgage agreement, utility bill, or vehicle registration)
  • Photo taken at the county program’s office.

Colorado

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Registration Fee: $25

Website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/how-apply-colorado-medical-marijuana-card

Patients are eligible for a Colorado issued medical marijuana card if they have one of the following conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, nausea, severe pain, PTSD, or autism.

Before applying, applicants should gather these materials and a PDF or JPEG copy of their valid Colorado driver’s license or state ID. A patient’s recommending physician must meet these requirements and submit physician certification online.

Once the applicant has collected all of the necessary documentation, they can create an account online. This is where they will upload and submit their application.   

Connecticut

Registration Fee: $100

Website: https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/Medical-Marijuana-Program/Medical-Marijuana-Program

Qualifying conditions for adult Connecticut residents include cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, MS, damage to nervous tissue or the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, sickle cell, post laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, ALS, ulcerative colitis, complex regional pain syndrome (type 1 and 2), cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, terminal illness requiring end-of-life care, uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder, spasticity or neuropathic pain associated with fibromyalgia, severe rheumatoid arthritis, post herpetic neuralgia, hydrocephalus with intractable headache, intractable headache syndrome, neuropathic facial pain, muscular dystrophy, osteogenesis imperfecta, chronic neuropathic pain associated with degenerative spinal disorders.   

Patients with qualifying illnesses must make an appointment with their physician. The physician will need the patient’s email address and telephone number to initiate the process. Once the physician submits certification on behalf of the patient to the Department of Health, the patient may create an account with the DAS Business Network. The applicant must submit proof of identity, proof of Connecticut residency, a current, passport size photograph and the registration fee through the DAS Business Network account.

Delaware

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Registration Fee: $125

Website: https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/medmarpt.html

To obtain a medical card, Delaware residents must be 18 years old or have parental consent, be diagnosed with one of these qualifying medical conditions, and have proof of identity and Delaware residency. They must also obtain certification from a Delaware licensed MD or DO.

If a patient has a qualifying debilitating condition, they must receive physician certification in order to apply. They can then submit their application online or by mail to this address:

Delaware Division of Public Health
ATTN: MMP, Suite 140
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

District of Columbia

Registration Fee: $100

Website: https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/medical-marijuana-and-integrative-therapy

A physician must initiate the application process for a DC resident. A healthcare practitioner must submit a written recommendation with their signature and license number certifying that medical cannabis is necessary to treat the patient’s qualifying medical condition.

Before applying, the applicant should gather this information. Once these documents are ready, the patient can apply electronically here based on the type of physician recommendation or by mail to this address:   

DC Health-Medical Marijuana Program
899 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd FL
Washington, DC 20002

Florida

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Registration Fee: $75

Website: http://knowthefactsmmj.com

Florida residents can submit an application online or by mail. To qualify, a patient must have one of the following conditions: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, MS, a terminal condition, chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that persists despite conventional treatment, or any medical condition comparable to one of the qualifying conditions.

Applicants must receive certification from their qualified physician to receive the credentials necessary to create an online account. Once an account is created, patients can complete the online application.

Patients who want to submit their application by mail must print this application and submit the completed form to this address:    

Office of Medical Marijuana Us
PO Box 31313
Tampa, FL 33631-3313

In addition to the paper application, patients who are mailing their documents must also send an approved passport-like photo, a copy of the proof of residency, and their application fee made out to the Florida Department of Health.

Georgia

Registration Fee: $25

Website: https://dph.georgia.gov/low-thc-oil-faq-general-public

In order to qualify for a low THC registry card, Georgia residents must fall into one of the following categories:

  • They must be an adult resident of Georgia who has one of the qualifying diseases
  • They must be the legal guardian of a pediatric patient with a qualifying disease
  • They must be the legal guardian of an adult with a qualifying disease

Qualifying conditions include cancer, ALS, seizure disorders, MS, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease, sickle cell, Tourette’s syndrome, autism, epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, peripheral neuropathy, intractable pain, PTSD, or when a patient is receiving hospice care.

Prospective cardholders may apply for a low THC registry card through their physician.   

Guam

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Registration Fee: $15 initial fee, $10 renewal fee

Website: https://dphss.guam.gov/medical-cannabis-information-2/

To qualify for a medical marijuana card, Guam residents must have one of these medical conditions: glaucoma, MS, epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, HIV or AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury or another spasticity causing condition, or any medical condition a physician believes cannabis is needed to treat. Patients who are in hospice care automatically qualify for the program as well. 

Residents of Guam need to provide written certification from their medical practitioner along with this application and their registration fee in order to apply for a registry identification card. These documents should be emailed to frances.santos@dphss.guam.gov.

Hawaii

Registration Fee: $38.50

Website: http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalcannabis/

Qualifying medical conditions in Hawaii include ALS, cancer, glaucoma, lupus, epilepsy, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV or AIDS, PTSD, cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms.

Before applying, Hawaiian residents must schedule an appointment with their certifying physician. Then they can create an online account here.

Once the application is complete, patients must submit it to their physician on the online portal. The physician will review and submit the application to the Department of Health. 

Illinois

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Registration Fee: $100 for 1 year, $200 for 2 years, $250 for 3 years

Website: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis

Firefighters, school bus permit holders, commercial driver’s license holders, active duty law enforcement officers, correctional probation officers, and correctional officers are barred from participating in Illinois’ medical marijuana program. In order to qualify, other residents must be at least 18 years old, have a signed physician certification, and have one of these debilitating medical conditions.

Prior to completing the application, prospective card-holders should have their physicians complete the Physician Written Certification Form. Applicants must register and apply online here. Applicants may also mail in these documents to this address:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761-0001

Iowa

Registration Fee: $100

Website: http://idph.iowa.gov/cbd

Iowa residents may qualify for a medical cannabidiol registration card if they have one of the following medical conditions: cancer, MS, seizures, AIDS or HIV, Crohn’s disease, ALS, any terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than a year, Parkinson’s disease, and untreatable pain.

Prospective card-holders must first meet with their healthcare provider to have him/her sign the Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form. Applicants may register online here or download a paper application and submit it in person or by mail to this address:

Iowa Department of Public Health
ATTN: OMC 321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

All submissions must include the completed application, payment, copy of photo ID (driver’s license or non-operator’s ID), and the healthcare practitioner certification form signed by the patient’s doctor.

Louisiana

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Registration Fee: TBD

Website: http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/2892

Louisiana is still in the process of rolling out its recently passed medical marijuana laws. The state projects that it will have more information in May 2019. Check here to check for approved pharmacies that will offer medical marijuana. 

Maine

Registration Fee: $100

Website: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/mmmp/home

Qualifying medical conditions in Maine include chronic pain that has not responded to conventional treatment for at least 6 months, PTSD, ALS, Alzheimer’s, cachexia, cancer, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV, seizure disorders, severe muscle spasms, and severe nausea.

The patient’s physician will initiate the application process. Patients should bring proof of Maine residence, a valid form of payment, and copies of their medical records to their initial medical marijuana physician consultation.  If the physician believes you are a candidate for medical marijuana, they will issue you a card from their office.

Maryland

Registration Fee: $50 (for optional card only)

Website: https://mmcc.maryland.gov/Pages/process_to_obtain.aspx

To qualify for a Maryland medical cannabis patient ID card, the applicant must have one of the following conditions: cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, seizures, severe nausea, severe or persistent muscle spasms, PTSD, glaucoma, or any other chronic condition resistant to conventional treatment.

The first step to receiving a medical cannabis card is to register online here. There is no application fee. Once the patient receives approval from Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, they must obtain valid written certification from a medical provider registered with the state. Each certification is valid for up to one year. Once the patient has received certification, he/she is ready to visit a dispensary. An ID card is optional but can be purchased here after the patient receives the physician certification.

Massachusetts

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Registration Fee: $50

Website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/medical-use-of-marijuana-program

Massachusetts residents suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, MS, or another debilitating condition as determined by a certifying physician are eligible to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program.

Before registering, patients must obtain certification from a qualified healthcare provider. The healthcare provider will give their patient a PIN number necessary to register with the program. Patients can then register online or by mail.

To register online, patients must first set up a Virtual Gateway account. Then, prospective card-holders can register with the MMJ Online system.

To register by mail, patients must call 617-660-5370 to obtain the necessary forms for paper registration.

Michigan

Registration Fee: $60

Website: https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_79571_79575—,00.html

Michigan residents living with one of these qualifying conditions may be eligible for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Before applying, the patient should meet with a physician who is active with the MI Bureau of Professional Licensing and who has registered with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program. The patient will need their physician’s license number, name, and license status to apply. Patients will also need proof of residency (MI voter registration and a valid government issued ID or driver’s license). Patients can create an account and apply online here. This guide explains how to navigate the online portal.

Minnesota

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Registration Fee: $200

Website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/cannabis/patients/index.html

Residents of Minnesota with one of these medical conditions may be eligible for a medical marijuana card. 

Patients may begin the process by contacting the healthcare practitioner who has been treating their qualifying medical condition. Patients should bring the Patient E-mail and Acknowledgement Form with them to the consult with their healthcare practitioner. Once the healthcare practitioner has provided certification to the Department of Health, the patient will receive via email the link they need to register online.

Patients should gather the following before registering online:

  • The emailed link from the Office of Medical Cannabis
  • Patient name, email address, and phone number
  • A scan or photo of government issued ID
  • A credit card to pay the registration fee

Missouri

Registration Fee: TBD

Website: https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/faqs.php

Beginning July 4, 2019, patients who have obtained physician’s certification will be able to apply for an ID card from the Missouri Department of Health. The state estimates that medical marijuana will not be available for purchase until January 2020.

Montana

Registration Fee: $30

Website: https://dphhs.mt.gov/marijuana

To qualify for medical marijuana, a Montana resident must have one of the following conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe chronic pain, intractable nausea and/or vomiting, epilepsy, MS, Crohn’s disease, painful peripheral neuropathy, central nervous system disorder causing chronic, painful muscle spasms or spasticity, or PTSD. Patients who are receiving hospice care also qualify.

Prospective card-holders can register and apply online here. Before registering, patients should gather the following documentation:

Nevada

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Registration Fee: $50 for 1 year, $100 for 2 years

Website: http://dpbh.nv.gov/Reg/MM-Patient-Cardholder-Registry/MM_Patient_Cardholder_Registry_-_Home/

If a Nevada resident has one of the following conditions, they may be eligible for a medical marijuana card: AIDS, PTSD, cancer, glaucoma, cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, and persistent muscle spasms. Before completing the application, patients should have a healthcare provider who is prepared to sign the Attending Healthcare Provider Statement located in the application.

To receive an ID card, Nevada patients may submit their application online or by mail. Patients can register and complete their application online here. They will need to print the application found online, give it to their physician for signature, and then scan and upload it to their account.

To submit an application by mail, they must request the application by printing, completing, and mailing this form along with a color copy of the front and back of their driver’s license or state ID to this address:

Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Medica Marijuana Registry
4150 Technology Way, Suite 101
Carson City, NV 89706

New Hampshire

Registration Fee: $50

Website: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/tcp/applications-forms.htm

New Hampshire residents may qualify for a medical card if they have one of the debilitating conditions listed in this Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis form. They must provide the form to the physician treating their qualifying condition, procure their physician’s signature, and include the form in their application.

Along with the written certification form, a $50 check or money order made payable to “Treasurer, State of New Hampshire,” a passport-style photo, and copies of proof of residency (both sides of a driver’s license, state ID, lease agreement, tax documents from previous year, or utility bill issued within two months of the application), the completed application must be printed and mailed or hand delivered to this address:

NH Department of Health and Human Services
Therapeutic Cannabis Program
Brown Building
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

New Jersey

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Registration Fee: $100

Website: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/patients/registration-renewal/

Qualifying debilitating medical conditions in New Jersey include seizure disorder, intractable muscular spasticity, glaucoma, severe chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome, HIV or AIDS, ALS, MS, terminal cancer, muscular dystrophy, inflammatory bowel disease, or any terminal illness with a prognosis of one year or less.

Patients must first meet with a recommending physician registered with the program who will provide them with the reference number they need to register online.  Patients must also gather the following documents to be uploaded to their application:

  • A passport-style photograph
  • A copy of a government issued photo ID (driver’s license, state or county ID card)
  • Proof of residency (utility bill issued within the past 90 days showing current address, tax documents from the current or previous year)

New Mexico

Registration Fee: No initial charge, but there is a $50 fee for replacement card

Website: https://nmhealth.org/about/mcp/svcs/

Patients with one of the medical conditions listed on the ID card application may be eligible for a medical card. Before applying, patients should meet with a healthcare practitioner who can complete the second page of the application, the medical certification form.

Eligible patients can print and complete this application and mail it to this address:

Department of Health
Medical Cannabis Program
1190 S St. Francis Dr., PO Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6110

They may also drop it off in person at this address:

Department of Health
Medical Cannabis Program
1474 Rodeo Road, Suite 200
Santa Fe, NM 87505

New York

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Registration Fee: None

Website: https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/

The process for obtaining a medical card in New York begins with the physician. If the patient’s physician is registered with the NY Department of Health and determines that the patient has one of the following qualified conditions, the patient may be eligible for a medical card: cancer, HIV or AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, MS, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, Huntington’s disease, PTSD, chronic pain, cachexia, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, or opioid use disorder.

Once the patient is certified by their physician, they can create a NY.gov account and login here. Patients can select the “Health Applications” icon and choose the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” to register as a patient. Patients will need to submit proof of identity during the application process. 

North Dakota

Registration Fee: $50

Website: https://www.ndhealth.gov/mm/

Patients with eligible medical conditions can apply for a medical card online here. Patients will be required to submit the following during the application process:

  • A 2 X 2 passport-style photo
  • A copy of the patient’s driver’s license or state ID
  • The name and email of the healthcare provider who will be completing the written certification

Once the patient has completed their application, the healthcare provider listed on the application will be requested to complete written certification on behalf of the patient.

Although the application is completed online, the registration fee of $50 must be paid with a check or cashier’s check and mailed in to this address:

NDDoH, Division of Medical Marijuana
600 East Blvd Ave, Dept 301
Bismarck, ND 58505

Ohio

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Registration Fee: $50

Website: https://www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/patients-caregivers

Ohio patients who have one of the following medical conditions may be eligible to receive a medical marijuana card: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

Ohio patients must work directly with their physicians to receive a medical ID card. Patients can find certified physicians here. Once they have consulted with their physicians, patients will be entered into the Patient and Caregiver Registry.

The patient will then be sent an email to complete their registration online. They will pay for their card and download it from the website. Patients may also show an electronic version of their card at dispensaries.

Oklahoma

Registration Fee: $100

Website: http://omma.ok.gov/adult-patient-application-information2

Unlike most states, Oklahoma does not have a list of qualifying conditions. Instead, the state leaves the recommendation of medical marijuana up to the discretion of the physician.

Oklahoma patients can apply for a medical marijuana card online here. They will need the following to apply for their ID:

Oregon

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Registration Fee: $200

Website: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/diseasesconditions/chronicdisease/medicalmarijuanaprogram/pages/forms.aspx

Patients with cancer, glaucoma, a degenerative or pervasive neurological condition, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, or persistent muscle spasms may be eligible for a medical marijuana card.

Eligible patients may complete their application online here. Patients can mail in an application by printing, completing, and mailing the application form, the Attending Physician’s Statement, copies of current and valid photo ID, and a check or money order for the registration fee made payable to OHA/OMMP to this address:

OHA/OMMP
P.O. Box 14450
Portland, OR 97293-0450

Pennsylvania

Registration Fee: $50

Website: https://www.pa.gov/guides/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program/

Patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and who are suffering from one of the following medical illnesses may be eligible for a medical card: ALS, autism, cancer, Crohn’s disease, damage to the central nervous system, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, intractable seizures, MS, neurodegenerative diseases, neuropathies, opioid use disorder, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, severe chronic pain, sickle cell anemia, or terminal illness.

Patients must first register for the medical marijuana program online here. Once registered, the patient should meet with a physician who is registered with the state department of health in order to obtain certification. The physician can submit this certification directly online. Once the certification has been received, patients will be able to pay for their ID card online. 

Puerto Rico

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Registration Fee: $25

Website: http://www.salud.gov.pr/Dept-de-Salud/Pages/Cannabis-Medicinal.aspx

Puerto Rican patients with Alzheimer’s, anorexia, arthritis, autism, depression, epilepsy, anxiety, Parkinson’s, PTSD, bipolar disorder, AIDS, peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, insomnia, migraines, spinal cord lesions, cachexia, chronic pain, severe nausea, severe and persistent muscle spasms, ALS, MS, terminal illnesses, cancer, HIV, or inflammatory intestinal disorders may be eligible for a medical marijuana card.

After obtaining a medical recommendation from a healthcare practitioner, patients can register for a medical cannabis card online here.

Rhode Island

Registration Fee: $50

Website: http://www.health.ri.gov/healthcare/medicalmarijuana/for/patients/

Patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, hepatitis C, cachexia, severe and debilitating chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and Autism may be eligible to participate in the medical marijuana program. Patients must meet with a healthcare practitioner who can fill out this Practitioner Written Certification Form prior to application completion.

Once the patient has procured a signed Practitioner Written Certification Form, they can register as a medical patient using this application form. The patient must submit the written certification form, the patient application fee of $50, proof of Rhode Island residency, and the completed application to the following address:

Rhode Island Center for Professional Licensing
Room 105A – 3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097   

Texas

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Registration Fee: None

Website: https://txdispensaries.com/texas-medical-marijuana-card/

Patients who are residents of Texas with intractable epilepsy may be prescribed low THC cannabis if a qualified physician determines that the risk of cannabis medication is reasonable relative to the patient’s condition and a secondary physician agrees with that determination.

However, the framework for issuing medical cards or purchasing medical cannabis is still in the process of development.

US Virgin Islands

Registration Fee: TBD

Website: http://dlca.vi.gov

In January 2019, the US Virgin Islands passed a law authorizing a medical cannabis program. The rules are currently being developed. Watch out for the emergence of an “Office of Cannabis Regulation” out of the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs. Click here for more information about the medical cannabis program. 

Utah

Registration Fee: TBD

Website: https://health.utah.gov/medical-cannabis

Utah is in the process of developing its rules. The law requires the program to be operational by March 1, 2020. Check the state’s website for updates.

Vermont

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Registration Fee: $50

Website: https://medicalmarijuana.vermont.gov/applications-and-forms

Vermont residents with AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, glaucoma, HIV, MS, or a disease that is chronic, debilitating, and intractable symptom producing may be eligible for a medical card. Patients must meet with a healthcare practitioner who will complete a Health Care Professional Verification form before they can begin their application. 

Along with a completed Health Care Professional Verification Form and a $50 check or money order made payable to the Department of Public Safety, Vermont residents must complete and mail this application to this address:

Department of Public Safety
Marijuana Registry
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300

Virginia

Registration Fee: $50

Website: https://www.license.dhp.virginia.gov/apply/

Cannabis remains illegal in Virginia, but the state has decided to provide an affirmative defense for registered patients, caregivers, and pharmaceutical processors. That means that if a medical card holder is charged with a marijuana-related misdemeanor, they can cite their card as a good reason/acceptable excuse.

Instructions for obtaining the card are not explicit. First, the patient should find a physician who is registered with the Board of Pharmacy by using this database. They can search by occupation by selecting “Registered Physician for CBD/THC-A Oil” from the occupation dropdown menu. The other boxes can be left blank.

The patient should meet with the registered physician to receive written certification. Once that certification is obtained, the patient can register with the Board of Pharmacy here.  After registering by creating a username and password, the patient can login and select “initial application” from the left menu.

Once arriving at the Application for Licensure screen, the patient should

  • select “Pharmaceutical Processing” from the Profession dropdown menu.
  • select “Registered Patient for CBD/THC-A Oil” or “Registered Parent/Guardian of CBD/THC-A Oil” from the License Type dropdown menu.
  • select “Initial Application” from the Obtained By Method dropdown menu.
  • start the application.

Patients will need to scan and submit the following documents to the address below: a copy of the physician’s certification, proof of residency, proof of identity, and proof of age.

Virginia Board of Pharmacy Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233

Washington

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Registration Fee: None

Website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Marijuana/MedicalMarijuana

Washington residents with one of these debilitating medical conditions may qualify for a medical card.

To initiate the process, a patient must meet with a healthcare practitioner. The healthcare practitioner will then authorize the use of marijuana and deliver that authorization form to the patient. The patient can take the authorization form directly to one of these medical dispensaries. A certified consultant at one of these dispensaries will enter the patient’s information into medical marijuana authorization database and create the patient’s recognition card.

West Virginia

Registration Fee: TBD

Website: https://dhhr.wv.gov/bph/Pages/Medical-Cannabis-Program.aspx

West Virginia’s program is still in the early phases of development. The government estimates that it will be able to begin issuing medical cards in July 2019. Check back on its website for updates.

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