If you are one of those fortunate ones that have managed to obtain a medical marijuana card and you’re now in need for a renewal, you’ve arrived at the right place.
In this definite guide, we are going to cover all you need to know about the process of; Renewing your Medical Marijuana Card.
Why Do You Need to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card?
Wouldn’t it be great to get your medical card and then have peace of mind for an unlimited period of time? Well, unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. In most states, medical marijuana cards are valid for one year. This is due to many different reasons, but the primary one is the medical aspect. Most states monitoring authorities want to constantly make sure that medical marijuana is being used responsibly and is really required for the patient’s medical condition.
If the patient’s condition is improving, then the authorizing party may or may not renew the card. Please note that the evaluation of the renewal process is not a cut-and-dry situation. It is simply a process that is there to judge whether or not medical marijuana is still a necessity.
How Often do I have to Renew My Card?
As of now, a medical marijuana renewal is required every 12 months, and you’ll need to renew it 30 days before the card’s date of expiration.
Please note, the exact terms and conditions of the renewal process are determined per state. Therefore it is best to check the exact time at which you are required to renew your card.
What is the Process?
Similar to when you applied as a first-time medical marijuana patient the process is will require a medical evaluation. You’ll need to have a medical marijuana evaluation with a medical doctor and then send a renewal application to your state’s medical marijuana department. This is often the Board of Health Services.
If you return to the physician who issued your original recommendation, your medical documents might still be on record – which will save you time and hassle organizing all your medical documents from scratch.
It is important that you bring the following documents to your evaluation:
- Government ID (proving that you are a resident of the state). If you don’t have a state ID, then make sure you bring with a utility bill that has your address.
- Medical records. Whether you are having a physical evaluation or an online one, your doctor will need to understand your exact medical condition and why you are applying for a renewal. If you decide to return to the doctor who issued you your first recommendation, then chances are he/she won’t remember who you are. Therefore bring with: prescriptions, x-ray/MRI results, worker’s compensation and/or disability paperwork.
- Original Medical Card – Please do not to forget your original card.
What Will Happen During the Evaluation?
Unlike your first evaluation, the doctor will review your condition and ask you different questions in regards to your current health status. The doctor will try to understand whether medical weed is helping you with your condition.
The physician will outline a treatment plan, ask you about any side effects you’ve experienced during your previous year and stress the risks of using medical cannabis.
Once the evaluation is complete, your evaluating physician will ask if you have any questions about the process or the benefits of medical marijuana and determine the outcome of the evaluation.
Please don’t assume that because you were approved for a medical marijuana card in the past, you’ll receive another recommendation.
How Long Will It Take to Receive Your New Card?
The process is not long, and you will more than likely receive your new medical marijuana, (that is valid for 1 year), within 10 business days. This depends on who is submitting the documents to your Board of Health Services.
If you renew your card at least 20 days before expiration, you shouldn’t have a “dead period” where you can’t purchase weed. The new card will be valid for 12 months, and you will have to go through the same process one year later.
The Benefits of Renewing Your Card
Apart from the obvious; it allows you to purchase weed legally without any hassle. It will also give you an added layer of protection. It is important to remember that while medical marijuana may be legal in your state, it is still classed as an illegal drug on a Federal level.
Furthermore, it will allow you to obtain marijuana at a lower price because you are a registered medical user and not a recreational smoker.
Need Further Help?
If this is your first time applying for a medical marijuana card or you require more information about the renewal process feel free to get in touch.
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