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Most states that have enacted medical marijuana laws have a registration program and require both patients and caregivers to obtain some type of medical marijuana card.

Currently, there are 14 states that have medical marijuana laws. Of those, 13 states have legalized use of marijuana for medical purposes, allowing patients to find relief from symptoms of certain conditions through cannabis. Each state with medical marijuana laws has its own set of rules and regulations. For instance, the legal amount of cannabis allowed on a patient at a given time and the amount of plants allowed in a patient or caregiver’s home varies from state to state.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

Because each state has its own unique medical marijuana laws, the requirements for obtaining a medical marijuana card also vary. Most states will require the patient or caregiver to fill out some sort of application and provide documentation of the patient’s medical record. Some states require a signed statement from the patient’s physician that specifically addresses the patient’s condition and includes a reason as to why he or she believes cannabis will be an effective treatment.

The application fee also varies from state to state. For instance, in California, the state application fee is $66 (plus an additional county fee that varies), and in Colorado, the state fee is $90.

If you are considering applying for a medical marijuana card, make sure to research the application process and the specific laws in your state.

Rights After Getting a Medical Marijuana Card

In the states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, a medical marijuana identification card provides patients and caregivers a certain set of rights, including the right to grow, possess and consume a certain amount of cannabis. Keep in mind, however, that each state has specific rules governing medical marijuana laws, and a cannabis card does not give you the right to possess, grow or consume an unlimited amount of weed. You have to follow the specific guidelines outlined by your state.

Medical Marijuana Application

Most states require patients to fill out a medical marijuana application as part of the process.

To find out more about the process in your state, contact a marijuana lawyer at Imhoff & Associates. Our attorneys will explain the process to you and make sure you are aware of all legal ramifications.