Getting a medical marijuana card is easier than ever now that medicinal marijuana is legal in a majority of U.S. states. What’s more, 64% of Americans say recreational marijuana should be legal across the U.S.

A medical marijuana card provides for the use of marijuana for a variety of illnesses and afflictions, providing some relief to long-suffering individuals. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and the Federal government doesn’t recognize any medical value for it. However, a medical marijuana card enables the recipient to avoid civil and criminal penalties at the state level, depending upon the state they live in. Having a card enables registered users to obtain marijuana through state-approved dispensaries, wellness centers and health clinics.

Applicants for a medical marijuana card can gain approval for marijuana usage via a state-approved medical specialist with a medical cannabis license. Once they are cleared by the specialist or physician, applicants can legally buy marijuana through state-approved suppliers to help them alleviate pain and suffering due to illness, disability, mental health issues, and injuries.

Expect to pay a fee (for example, Pennsylvania charges $50 for its medical marijuana card.)

Steps to Getting A Medical Marijuana Card

Getting a medical marijuana card involves several key action steps, and it’s important that applicants check off all the items on their “step list.”

1. Learn your state restrictions and legislation for medical marijuana

Know the rules and regulations of your state on getting approved for a medical marijuana card. Each state has its own unique stance on the medical marijuana approval process, and you’ll want to know in advance what hurdles you’ll need to clear.

States That Allow Medical Marijuana Cards

As of 2018, nearly 30 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, allow the use of medical marijuana via medical marijuana cards, in various forms and under various rules.

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