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What is a Medical Marijuana Card?

A medical marijuana card is an identification card used by patients to purchase marijuana to treat their mental or physical illness. It also allows the patient to work as a caregiver.

The patient must get a signed letter from a registered medical health professional. That letter states that the patient is experiencing mental illness, and marijuana would be an effective treatment option. The patient needs to apply through the state authority and pay a fee, which will also vary according to the state.

The process of getting a medical marijuana card depends on the specific state’s laws and policies. As cannabis legalization expands, the rules and regulations for patients continue to evolve, especially with more states legalizing adult use of cannabis.

In most states, the card is valid for up to 12 months and renewed after the expiry. It usually needs another recommendation letter from the doctor, and you need to pay the card fee again, which costs less than the first registration.

What Does a Medical Marijuana Card Look Like?

A 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

Benefits of Getting A Medical Marijuana Card

Higher Possession Limits

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

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, 420 evaluation 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.

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 health 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 cannabis under the caregiver’s supervision.

Access To High-Quality Medical Marijuana

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.

Lower Price

A person who owns a legitimate 420 evaluations card possesses a higher quantity of pharmaceutical 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.

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 health purposes. But due to strict state rules regarding therapeutic marijuana, people were unable to possess the needed quantity of medical cannabis, and some were unable to have therapeutic 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 therapeutic marijuana by passing acts and bills. They started their therapeutic 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
11996CaliforniaMMPDepartment of Public HealthNovember 9, 2016
21998 AlaskaMMRPHealth Analytics and Vital RecordsFebruary 24, 2015
31998 NevadaMMCRPDepartment of Health and Human Services Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)July 1, 2017
41998VirginiaMCRVirginia Department Of Health ProfessionsJuly 1, 2021
51999 MaineMMMPDepartment Of Administrative And Financial Services – Office Of Marijuana PolicyOctober 9, 2020
62000 ColoradoMMRPColorado Department of Public HealthDecember 10, 2012
72000HawaiiMCRPHawaii Department of HealthJuly 2016
82004 VermontMRPDepartment Of Public SafetyJuly 1, 2018
92006 Rhode IslandCenter for Professional LicensingDepartment of HealthJune, 2009
102007 New MexicoMCPNew Mexico Department Of Health (NMDOH)June 29, 2021
112008MichiganMMMPLARA Marijuana Regulatory AgencyDecember 6, 2018
122010ArizonaPublic Health Licensing Services/ MMArizona Department Of Health ServicesNovember, 2010
132010New JerseyState Of New Jersey MMPNew Jersey Cannabis Regulatory CommissionFebruary 22, 2021
142011DelawareMMPDepartment Of Public HealthJune 2015
152012ConnecticutMMPConnecticut State Department of Consumer ProtectionJuly 1, 2021
162012MassachusettsMMPCannabis Control CommissionDecember 15, 2016
172012WashingtonMMPDepartment of HealthDecember 6, 2012
182013IllinoisMCPRPIllinois Department Of Public HealthJanuary 1, 2020
192013New HampshireTherapeutic Cannabis ProgramDepartment Of Health And Human ServicesJuly 11, 2015
202014GuamBureau of Alternative Medicine MMPDepartment of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS)April 4, 2019
212014MarylandMMPMaryland Medical Cannabis CommissionDecember 1, 2017
222014MinnesotaMCRPMinnesota Department Of HealthJuly 1, 2015
232014New YorkMCRPNew York Department of Health July 2014
242015District of ColumbiaMCPDC Health DepartmentFebruary 26, 2015
252015OregonOMMPOregon Health AuthorityJuly 1, 2015
262015LouisianaMMPLouisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF)August 6, 2019
272015Puerto RicoMMRPPuerto Rico Department of HealthMay 4, 2015
282016PennsylvaniaPennsylvania MMPPennsylvania Department Of HealthDecember, 2017
292016ArkansasArkansas MMPRPArkansas Department Of HealthMay 2019
302016FloridaMM Use RegistryOffice Of Medical Marijuana UseJuly 1, 2017
312016North DakotaNorth Dakota MMPNorth Dakota Health DepartmentApril 18, 2017
322016OhioOhio MMCPOhio Medical Marijuana Control ProgramJanuary 16, 2019
332017West VirginiaWest Virginia MCPWest Virginia Department Of Health and Human ResourcesJuly 1, 2019
342018MissouriMissouri MMPDepartment Of Health And Senior ServicesOctober 17, 2020
352018Northern Mariana IslandsCNMI Cannabis Commission ProgramThe Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Cannabis CommissionSeptember 21, 2018
362018OklahomaOMMAOklahoma State Department of HealthAugust 25, 2018
372018UtahUtah MCPUtah Department of Agriculture and FoodDecember 3, 2018
382019U.S. Virgin IslandsMCPCPOffice of Cannabis Regulation (OCR)January 19, 2019
392020MontanaMMPDepartment of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)November 3, 2020
402021AlabamaAlabama MCPAlabama Medical Cannabis CommissionMay 6, 2021
412021South DakotaMCPS.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 health 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 therapeutic cannabis illegally for the first time, they have to pay only a fine. However, after that, they have to face criminal offenses.

3 Steps to obtain a Medical Marijuana Card


Easy Application

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


Video Evaluation

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



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


Related Questions

Check out the most recent questions asked by patients.

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.

What documents are needed to get a MMJ Card?

The qualifying documents to apply for a mmj 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

Why is a medicinal 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 therapeutic 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 therapeutic cannabis legally. But keep in mind, only the cardholder or caregiver can buy medical weed.

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 medicinal 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.

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 cannabis 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 Cannabis Card?

No. Whether you have a medical cannabis 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 therapeutic marijuana to anyone.

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.

Can a minor purchase medical marijuana for treatment?

A minor patient can not purchase medicinal marijuana even for treatment purposes. According to the state health department, if a minor patient is eligible for the medical cannabis 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.

Can I consume marijuana in a public place if I have a MMJ Card?

No. Although you are a registered narcotic marijuana patient with the state government, you can not consume medicinal 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!