How is a medical marijuana (MMJ) card used?

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A medical marijuana card, also known as an MMJ card is used by patients to purchase cannabis plants. The card is used as a form of identification and allows patients to enter ‘cannabis clubs’. MMJ cards also allow US residents and patients to grow their own cannabis plant at home but only for medical purposes.


Medical cannabis remains illegal under the federal government and law in the US because of the government in the US not recognising its medical value. However, there are many benefits to owning an MMJ card. One of these benefits is how it gives patients the ability to purchase and grow cannabis for medicinal uses whilst avoiding criminal penalties. 

Getting a medical marijuana card through a medical dispensary is also much cheaper for patients. They provide lower costs and taxes which is great for patients who rely on cannabis for medical uses. Thus, making healthcare for patients more accessible and affordable. 

Another benefit of owning an MMJ card is the ability for those under the age of 21 to gain access. Recreational cannabis shops are only allowed to sell to people who are over the age of 21. However, this means that children who are medical cannabis patients cannot gain access. But a medical card allows under 21’s to legally access medical cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy, chemotherapy and much more.

How to get a medical marijuana card

Getting a medical marijuana card is easier than ever in the United States. This is because medical cannabis is becoming legal in most states. Even though medical cannabis is becoming popular, many are still wanting access to a medical card.

However, to obtain a card a patient must go to a licensed physician and get a signed recommendation. To get one of these, the physician must agree that the patient would benefit highly from using medical cannabis. Doctors are not allowed to prescribe any medical cannabis product due to the federal laws making it illegal.

Through this approved doctor’s recommendation, the patient would then have to go through state and pay a fee. Each state is different and would require a different fee and process for acquiring a card.

Qualifying Conditions

To get access to a medical marijuana card, a patient must first present their condition to a doctor. With this, only certain conditions would mean a patient can qualify to get a card. Again, each state varies with the conditions they allow but the most common medical conditions include:

  • Epilepsy and similar seizure disorders
  • Cancer and all symptoms and side effects of chemotherapy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Glaucoma
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders- such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
  • Nausea
  • Pain- including chronic pain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Medical marijuana cards are a very popular option for those wanting regular access to the healing properties of cannabis. They allow patients to get constant access to medical cannabis, something that would be difficult to get hold of without the card.

As the legalisation of medical cannabis expands, the process of getting an MMJ card will evolve. With this, patients will be able to get even better access to medical cannabis in the United States.

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