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Medical Marijuana Identification Card Card

What is a Medical Marijuana Card?

A medical marijuana card, also known as an MMJ card, is an identification certificate that serves a patient undergoing a severe health condition and legally recommended medical weed for treatment. It is accepted at licensed US dispensaries. The cardholder has the right to purchase, store, and convey medical cannabis lawfully within the state boundaries.

A medical marijuana card usually is valid for a year (12 months) in most states of the United States. But in some US states, a medical cannabis card is legitimate for up to three years. After the card’s expiration, the cardholder is required to renew it. Generally, to renew a medical marijuanas card, the patient will need a recommendation signed by a licensed doctor. Along with this, the applicant will need to pay the card fee again.

According to state governments, the laws and regulations regarding the medical weed card differ. They differ insignificantly from one state to another. Some states sanction medical cannabis patients to cultivate marijuana indoors.

Note: Keep in mind that a Medical Marijuana Identification card (MMID card) holder can not sell cannabis to others. It is illegal in the states of The USA.

How Does A Medical Marijuana Card Work?

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Higher Possession Limits

If you are going to purchase marijuana from a dispensary without any card or recommendation, whether for recreational use or medical purposes, you can not possess more than 1 ounce of cannabis. But with the help of a marijuana health card or medical marijuana card, you will be able to hold a higher quantity of weed from the dispensary.

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Access To High-Quality Medical Marijuana than Recreational Products
When it comes to treatment, every patient needs a different potency level of cannabis. Some patients need high CBD-level marijuana products, and some require THC-level weed for their health conditions. A valid 420 evaluation card can help them obtain the required strain based on THC or CBD potency level.
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Extended Buy Limits

In the US states where cannabis can be used for recreational use, state governments made strict rules to limit the purchasing quantity of cannabis. On the other hand, medical weed cardholders can buy more. A valid 420 evaluation card allows you to purchase up to 30 days’ quantity of medical cannabis, which is impossible without a card.

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Lower price

A person who owns a legitimate 420 evaluations card possesses a higher quantity of medical weed and saves money that can not be saved if they access it from recreational retail platforms. With the help of a cannabis card, a person need not pay excise or sales taxes. Many US states such as California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York offer tax-exemption for medical use of cannabis.

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Exception On Age Restriction
Most US states have restricted the recreational use of Cannabis for minors. It means a minor can not use marijuana even if they need it for medical purposes. On the other hand, with the help of a weed card, a minor patient who is suffering from a severe health condition can also possess medical marijuana under the caregiver’s supervision.
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Legal Protection

A legitimate medical cannabis card is a beneficial document for those who seek medical weed for treatment purposes. This card allows them to obtain high-quality cannabis products legally.

Special Note: Some US states, such as California, provide a grower license along with a medical cannabis card. This license allows the people of California to cultivate 99 plants inside the home. But keep in mind that the California Grower license allows people to grow medical marijuana for personal use. They can not give or sell marijuana. It is still illegal.

When Was Cannabis Legalized And A Medical Marijuana Program Introduced?

After decriminalization, people were looking forward to using cannabis for medical purposes. But due to strict state rules regarding medical marijuana, people were unable to possess the needed quantity of medical cannabis, and some were unable to have medical marijuana because the state government did not recognize their conditions. So people started to raise their voices in favor of cannabis. As a result, the following state governments began to legalize medical marijuana by passing acts and bills. They started their medical marijuana card service portals to register the patients who need weed for treatment. Here are the states and UTs that offer 420 evaluations card services:

S. No. YearStateName Of Medical Marijuana Registration ProgramName Of DepartmentMedical Marijuana Card Service Started From
11996CaliforniaMedical Marijuana Program (MMP) Department of Public HealthNovember 9, 2016
21998 AlaskaMedical Marijuana Registry ProgramHealth Analytics and Vital RecordsFebruary 24, 2015
31998 NevadaMedical Marijuana Cardholder Registry programDepartment of Health and Human Services Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)July 1, 2017
41998VirginiaMedical Cannabis RegistrationVirginia Department Of Health ProfessionsJuly 1, 2021
51999 MaineMaine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP)Department Of Administrative And Financial Services – Office Of Marijuana PolicyOctober 9, 2020
62000 ColoradoMedical Marijuana Registry Program (MMRP)Colorado Department of Public HealthDecember 10, 2012
72000HawaiiMedical Cannabis Registry ProgramHawaii Department of HealthJuly 2016
82004 VermontMarijuana Registry ProgramDepartment Of Public SafetyJuly 1, 2018
92006 Rhode IslandCenter for Professional LicensingDepartment of HealthJune, 2009
102007 New MexicoMedical Cannabis ProgramNew Mexico Department Of Health (NMDOH)June 29, 2021
112008MichiganMichigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP)LARA Marijuana Regulatory AgencyDecember 6, 2018
122010ArizonaPublic Health Licensing Services/ Medical MarijuanaArizona Department Of Health ServicesNovember, 2010
132010New JerseyState Of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana ProgramNew Jersey Cannabis Regulatory CommissionFebruary 22, 2021
142011DelawareMedical Marijuana ProgramDepartment Of Public HealthJune 2015
152012ConnecticutMedical Marijuana ProgramConnecticut State Department of Consumer ProtectionJuly 1, 2021
162012MassachusettsMedical Use of Marijuana ProgramCannabis Control CommissionDecember 15, 2016
172012WashingtonMedical Marijuana ProgramDepartment of HealthDecember 6, 2012
182013IllinoisMedical Cannabis Patient Registry ProgramIllinois Department Of Public HealthJanuary 1, 2020
192013New HampshireTherapeutic Cannabis ProgramDepartment Of Health And Human ServicesJuly 11, 2015
202014GuamBureau of Alternative Medicine Medical Marijuana ProgramDepartment of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS)April 4, 2019
212014MarylandMedical Marijuana ProgramMaryland Medical Cannabis CommissionDecember 1, 2017
222014MinnesotaMedical Cannabis Registry ProgramMinnesota Department Of HealthJuly 1, 2015
232014New YorkMedical Cannabis Registration ProgramNew York Department of Health July 2014
242015District of ColumbiaMedical Cannabis ProgramDC Health DepartmentFebruary 26, 2015
252015OregonOregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP)Oregon Health AuthorityJuly 1, 2015
262015LouisianaMedical Marijuana ProgramLouisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF)August 6, 2019
272015Puerto RicoMedical Marijuana Registration ProgramPuerto Rico Department of HealthMay 4, 2015
282016PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Medical Marijuana ProgramPennsylvania Department Of HealthDecember, 2017
292016ArkansasArkansas Medical Marijuana Patient Registry ProgramArkansas Department Of HealthMay 2019
302016FloridaMedical Marijuana Use RegistryOffice Of Medical Marijuana UseJuly 1, 2017
312016North DakotaNorth Dakota Medical Marijuana ProgramNorth Dakota Health DepartmentApril 18, 2017
322016OhioOhio Medical Marijuana Control ProgramOhio Medical Marijuana Control ProgramJanuary 16, 2019
332017West VirginiaWest Virginia Medical Cannabis ProgramWest Virginia Department Of Health and Human ResourcesJuly 1, 2019
342018MissouriMissouri Medical Marijuana Program Department Of Health And Senior ServicesOctober 17, 2020
352018Northern Mariana IslandsCNMI Cannabis Commission ProgramThe Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Cannabis CommissionSeptember 21, 2018
362018OklahomaOklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA)Oklahoma State Department of HealthAugust 25, 2018
372018UtahUtah Medical Cannabis ProgramUtah Department of Agriculture and FoodDecember 3, 2018
382019U.S. Virgin IslandsMedical Cannabis Patient Care Program Office of Cannabis Regulation (OCR)January 19, 2019
392020MontanaMedical Marijuana ProgramDepartment of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)November 3, 2020
402021AlabamaAlabama Medical Cannabis ProgramAlabama Medical Cannabis CommissionMay 6, 2021
412021South DakotaMedical Cannabis ProgramS.D. Department of HealthJuly 1, 2021

History Of The Medical Marijuana Decriminalization

Medical Cannabis decriminalization started in 1973. Oregon was the first US state that decriminalized marijuana for medical purposes. In 1975, some other states, including Alaska, Maine, Colorado, California, and Ohio (for civil infractions), decriminalized marijuana. After this, more states started to follow the decriminalization path, such as:

  • 1976 – Minnesota
  • 1977 – North Carolina (Partial decriminalization up to 42 g (1.5 oz) or less)
  • 1978 – Mississippi ( Partial decriminalized for the first offense; 30 g (1.1 oz) or less)
  • 1979 – Nebraska ( Partial decriminalized for first offense only)
  • 2014 – Missouri
  • 2014 – Maryland ( Partial decriminalized for up to 10 g)
  • 2014 – U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 2015 – Delaware (civil infraction)
  • 2017 – New Hampshire ( Partial decriminalized up to 0.75 oz (21 g))
  • 2017 – Rhode Island (civil violation)
  • 2019 – North Dakota ( Partial decriminalized up to 14 g (0.49 oz))
  • 2020 – Hawaii
  • 2021 – Louisiana ( decriminalized up to 14 grams (0.49 ounces))

Note: Partial Decriminalization means if a person is caught with medical marijuana illegally for the first time, they have to pay only a fine. However, after that, they have to face criminal offenses.

What Does a Medical Marijuana Card Look Like?

A medical marijuana card is identical to a state-ID card. A legitimate medical marijuana card includes the following information:

  • Patient’s Photo
  • Name Of The Patient
  • Date Of Birth Of The Patient
  • Name Of the Caregiver (In Case of Minor Patient)
  • Issued Date Of License
  • Expiry Date Of License
  • Patient’s ID Number

Who can Provide You A Valid Medical Marijuana Card?

A medical marijuana card works as an identification to recognize a patient who needs cannabis and other weed products for treatment. With the help of a valid medical cannabis card, a patient gets the freedom to obtain the required amount of cannabis, and the patient can convey medical marijuana within the state boundaries. You can receive a medical cannabis card by registering with the state government. All states have their laws, regulations, and medical cannabis programs. The patients who have the medical marijuana card recommendations can register with state medical cannabis programs and obtain registry cards. The patients who want to register with the state government to apply for a weed card need the following documents:

  • Identification Proof
  • Residency proofs
  • Recent Picture
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
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Related Questions

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What documents are needed to get a medical marijuana card?

The qualifying documents to apply for a medical marijuana card can vary as per the state government’s rules and regulations. However, here are the following documents that are needed while applying for MMIC:

  • Documents for Identity Proof, such as:
    • Driving License issued by the state government
    • State ID card
    • Military ID card
    • US Passport (Passport is valid for some of the states)
  • Recent Picture
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Medical Marijuana Card Recommendation issued by a registered practitioner
  • Documents for Residential Proof, including:
    • Property Lease
    • Utility bills
    • Pay Subs
    • Driving License issued By State Government
    • Vehicle Registration (Vehicle should be the name of Patient)
    • State Identity Card
What is the difference between marijuana recommendation and MMJ card?

Medical marijuana recommendation: Medical marijuana recommendation is an essential document to obtain a medical marijuana card. It is a document issued by a licensed doctor that includes:

  • Name And Signature Of the Practitioner
  • License No. Of Physician
  • Name Of The Patient
  • Date Of Birth Of The Patient
  • Visual Signature of Patient
  • Issued Date Of License
  • Expiry Date Of License
  • Patient’s ID Number

If you do not have the recommendation to use medical marijuana, then you can not apply for a medical marijuana card.
Medical Cannabis Card: The state government issues the medical marijuana card. The patient who wants to register with the state medical cannabis program, firstly applicant will need to get a card recommendation from a licensed doctor along with the following documents:

  • Identification Proof
  • Residency proofs
  • Recent Picture
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
Can I sell cannabis if I have a Medical Marijuana Card?

No. Whether you have a medical marijuana card or a grower license, you still can not sell medical cannabis to someone else. A medical cannabis card allows a patient or caregiver to purchase weed for treatment purposes legally, but it does not permit cardholders to sell medical marijuana to anyone.

What is the process of Getting a medical marijuana card recommendation?

At My MMJ Doctor, you will need to follow the simple three-step process to get a medical marijuana card recommendation. Here are the steps:
Step 1: To get a recommendation for an MMJ card, you will need to provide the following information and submit it:

  • Personal Information
  • Home Address and State
  • Detailed information regarding health ailments.

Step 2: After the submission, you will need to choose your recommendation package and submit the package fee. Now, wait for the confirmation email to provide you with detailed information about your video sessions.
Step 3: After the submission, you will receive video session information via email. The doctor will consult you on time and evaluate your application, whether you need medical marijuana for treatment or not. If you qualify, the doctor will provide you with an MMJ card recommendation within a couple of hours.

Can a doctor help me to resolve my queries regarding medical marijuana cards?

Yes, our team of registered doctors will help you resolve all your queries regarding medical marijuana and medical weed cards during the session. If you have any doubt, you can contact our executive team. Our team will help you answer all your queries and questions to understand better how medical marijuana cards help people.

Why is a medical marijuana card essential for a patient?

Medical marijuana cards are essential identification documents for those who have severe health conditions such as cancer, HIV, AIDS, chronic pain, or more, there is no other effective treatment for them, and they need high-quality medical marijuana for therapy. With the help of weed cards, the patients are recognized in front of state governments, dispensaries, state police, and more. They can possess, purchase, convey and cultivate in some states medical cannabis legally. But keep in mind, only the cardholder or caregiver can buy medical weed.

Can a minor purchase medical marijuana for treatment?

A minor patient can not purchase medical marijuana even for treatment purposes. According to the state health department, if a minor patient is eligible for the medical marijuana card as per the health qualifying conditions, the patient can apply for an MMID card. But the patient will need a registered caregiver who will be able to purchase marijuana from a dispensary and regulate the consumption of doses on behalf of minor patients.

Why do I need to register with the state government if I have a MMJ recommendation signed by a registered doctor?

Even if you have a medical marijuana recommendation written and signed by a registered doctor, you will still need to register with the state health department because it is a mandatory step according to the state governments’ laws and regulations.

Can I consume marijuana in a public place if I have a medical marijuana card?

No. Although you are a registered medical marijuana patient with the state government, you can not consume medical cannabis in or nearby public places and federal lands, including:

  • Schools
  • Public Parks
  • Colleges
  • Public Properties
  • Federal Properties such as Police Stations, Fire Station
  • Hospitals
  • And more!

What Makes us Special?

Our MMJ Doctors are 24/7 ready to help people with specific problems and access marijuana for their health.
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Easy Application

Getting Started is Very Easy, All you need to do is fill the appointment form.

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Video Evaluation

Get Connected with our MMJ doctor and ask questions concerning your health.

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Money-back

You don’t pay if you are not approved during the Online 420 Evaluations.