Getting Medical Cannabis Cards by State
The team at Green Truck loves being a part of the medical cannabis community. We appreciate the value that is placed on craft cannabis, extracts, and service, all for the sake of assisting patients who use cannabis to medicate.
However, the most prominent question we receive from folks who come through to see us is hands-down:
“How do I get a medical card?”
Securing a medical card is an excellent option for those hoping for better deals on products and more thorough processes when it comes to cultivating the products themselves. Interested in a medical card, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered.
Green Truck is a popular destination for cannabis enthusiasts throughout the east coast and beyond.
Here are a few simple steps to securing a certification, in some of the most frequently-served communities at our dispensary:
Medical cannabis in the State of Maine has been legal for over 20 years, and they have their processes locked down and easy to follow. To qualify for a medical card, you must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the state.
You will need two forms of identification, one of which must be a driver’s license or state ID card, providing your residency in Maine.
Many registered physicians and nurse practitioners in the state have the ability to license Maine medical cannabis cards. You may speak with your personal healthcare practitioner or research for a medical provider online that works for you. Several doctors do online consultations that can be completed from the privacy of your own home.
Card evaluations and certifications range from $50 – $200, depending on who you speak with, and significantly vary by state.
The state of Maine allows us to accept temporary medical cards, per a recent guideline change – once you receive the temporary card, usually via email or text, we will be able to assist you. Still, we recommend keeping the physical copy of the card handy.
Some local Maine medical card providers that we recommend:
Julie Milliken, MSN, APRN, FNP-c
Revitalize Health and Wellness
Beach Health Center
Quick Med Cards
Although it’s the closest state to Maine physically, we frequently hear from New Hampshire residents that the process for obtaining a medical card is more stringent than ours. For starters, to apply for a New Hampshire Medical Cannabis Card, you must be a legal resident of the state. To qualify, you must be 18 or older to apply for a card yourself, but minors can have an appropriately-aged (21+) caregiver apply on their behalf.
In order to secure a medical card online, you will need to have been an existing medical cannabis patient within the state.
For online medical marijuana consultations, you will need to be an existing New Hampshire medical marijuana patient. If it’s your first time seeking an initial medical certification, you will need to locate a doctor to do so.
Medical providers who are licensed to provide medical cards are much more limited in NH. We recommend speaking with your primary care physician to see what they can do for you, or if they can make any recommendations/referrals if they are not able to assist you further.
Vermont medical cannabis cardholders must meet a predetermined set of credentials or be suffering from a debilitating medical condition, such as Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, or PTSD – a full list of qualifying conditions is available for reference on the State of Vermont government website.
In order to secure a Vermont medical card, you will need to create an account and submit an application online, along with a $50 non-refundable application fee. Within a thirty-day window, you should hear back from a representative with a receipt of your completed application, and an approval or denial of your medical certification.
Should your application be approved, you will receive your medical identification card at the listed Vermont mailing address on your application, along with any other necessary documentation.
We see hundreds of Massachusetts patients every week, and we’re always proud to provide them with the high-quality products that come out of Maine! Obtaining a medical certification in MA is easier than ever, given that their medical program was established nearly ten years ago.
A medical provider must first qualify you for med card registration. The best option to do this is to schedule an appointment with your personal physician, or perhaps by scheduling a telehealth appointment online – many doctors are readily available through a simple Google search.
Following your appointment and approval, you will need to complete your online registration for the Virtual Gateway of the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, which, by all accounts, is fast, easy, and convenient.
Similarly to Vermont, Connecticut residents seeking a medical card must be suffering from a debilitating medical condition or meet the requirements on a predetermined list of ailments and symptoms.
To apply for a medical card, you must at least 18 years of age and be a resident of the State of Connecticut. To secure your certification, you can schedule an appointment with your personal medical practitioner to discuss your options – your own practitioner is best, but online telehealth appointments are readily available as well.
Following your appointment, you can create a profile and submit a registration application online. For this process, Connecticut requires proof of identity, proof of residency, an email address, and primary telephone number, as well as a $100 registration fee.
As New York recently went the recreational route, more options have quickly become available for cannabis consumers – however, we still see many patients hailing from NY come through our doors every week, and an updated, accurate medical card is extremely important to be able to check out what Maine’s medical scene has to offer!
Those interested in a New York medical certification must be legal residents of the state, and aged 18 or older.
There are several doctors in the State of New York to issue Medical Marijuana Cards, whether you’d prefer to meet with a longtime caregiver or speak with a practitioner online. Better yet, unlike some other states, and depending on the provider, you may only be billed if you are approved for a card.
Following approval during your appointment, you will need to create and account and register with the Medical Marijuana Data Management System. Enter any necessary details, including your name, address, and your certification, as well as a $60 application fee.
A temporary medical card will be digitally sent to you, which Green Truck will have no problem accepting, per recent regulation changes. A physical copy of the card will be mailed to the address on file within 7-10 days, which we recommend having on hand whenever possible.