How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

As of 2022, 38 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the USVI all have laws in place to regulate and distribute medical marijuana to qualified patients. This means a large majority of the country has access to medical cannabis and doctors who have experience prescribing and managing cannabis to treat a variety of medical conditions both severe and mild. What’s evident looking at legislation and public opinion over the past decade, cannabis is out of the shadows and an accepted form of treatment. Anyone considering cannabis to treat a medical condition should consult with a doctor.

So how do you get a medical marijuana card? You may be surprised at the options you have available. There are several trusted online services that certify and issue medical cards after a short consultation. No need to leave the house, schedule your video chat (sometimes the same day) and discuss your medical condition with a nurse. Cards are typically mailed out in a few days but most services provide a digital copy delivered to your email address if approved.

If you’d rather sit down face-to-face with a doctor or registered professional, you have plenty of options as well. Consulting with your PCP if always a good option as they are most familiar with your history and any current medical conditions. Depending upon your state, you may also have the opportunity to get a medical marijuana card at pop-up booths or trade shows or other local cannabis events. My local dispensary in Maine typically has a nurse on-site once a month on Saturdays where residents can meet with a nurse and obtain a medical marijuana card if they have a qualifying condition.

How much is a Medical Marijuana Card?

The cost of a medical marijuana card will vary by state. Many states offer consultations for under $100. For example, in my state of Maine, I can get a medical marijuana card online for around $80-$85 with an annual renewal cost of around $70. I can also pop in to my local dispensary and meet with a nurse for under $50. Some states with stricter medical marijuana laws tend to have higher fees but it is rare someone would have to pay hundreds of dollars to get a medical marijuana card. If going online gives you pause and you’re not sure where to go locally, I’d visit a local dispensary and ask if they have any recommendations.

What are the Qualifying Conditions to be Eligible for a Medical Card?

This is another topic that will vary state to state as each state has their own medical marijuana laws and policy. In most states, medical conditions like Cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, Glaucoma, Epilepsy are all accepted medical conditions where patients would benefit from medical cannabis. States with strict medical marijuana regulations may only offer medical cannabis for a short list of severe medical conditions where other states may see cannabis as an acceptable treatment for chronic pain, arthritis, and as a sleep aid. Below you’ll find a list of medical conditions that typically accept cannabis as a form of treatment.

  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Epilepsy & Seizures
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Migraines
  • PTSD
  • Chronic Pain
In addition to many more treatable conditions, we encourage you to check out our page on cannabis in your state to find more info on treatable conditions and local laws.

Do I need a Medical Card if Recreational is Legal in my State?

This is a question we get a lot at PotAdvisor and the answer could be both yes and no. As with most cannabis laws, it really depends on your state and your situation. What I’ve found, is having a medical marijuana card saves me money each time I go to the dispensary. In Maine, we typically see cheaper prices on flower and other cannabis products for medical marijuana card holders compared to recreational. Many stores that offer both may even have different pricing for medical vs. recreational. If you live in California, having a medical card may not offer the same savings since recreational has been legal for a while so recreational is accessible across the state.

Many states restrict the amount of marijuana one can purchase for both recreational users and medical cannabis consumers. Many states restrict recreational dispensaries from selling over an ounce of flower to visitors at once. While there are still restrictions on medical cannabis purchases, card holders are typically permitted to buy more at one time. This can be important in states where dispensaries are not in close proximity to your home.

Where to get a Medical Marijuana Card Online

As mentioned above, if you live in a state where medical cannabis is legal and you would like to obtain a medical marijuana card, you have options. I have experience using QuickMedCards and found the process quick and simple. I was able to schedule a video call, that day, with a local nurse. We talked for about 10 minutes and I had a digital copy of my card within five minutes of the call ending. QuickMedCards is only available in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahaoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.