Seriously. I don’t even know you- but I know that if you’re a DC resident, you qualify for a medical marijuana card. The decision regarding whether cannabis could be beneficial to you is between you, your doctor, and nobody else. Don’t worry about whether there will be enough for the seriously ill- we are past that point, there is plenty now (hallelujah!), and the program wants your business.
Getting a card is easy! It can take a month from the time you submit your application, though, and that’s after you’ve got your doctor’s recommendation. The easiest way to get that is to call the dispensary you want to work with (you can only choose one!) – they’ll have a list of canna-friendly docs they can put you in touch with. The recommendation has to be submitted electronically through DC DOH’s system, which means that a doctor needs to be registered with that system- you may have some trouble convincing your primary to sign up, but by all means, give it a shot, Cowboy.
This visit won’t be accepted by your insurance. There’s definitely a convenience/cost trade-off in the current pool of options. There are some services like CannaCareDocs that will have you scheduled and on your way quickly, but the consultation fee is $200. I paid only $50 to see my doctor, but had to wait a month for my appointment. Be sure to ask what the fee is when you call!
We’re learning new medicinal uses for our favorite plant on what seems like a daily basis. It has benefits for those that suffer from cancer, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and a host of other serious and chronic diseases. Remember that you can get a card for ANY condition in DC, including more common problems like:
- Chronic Pain
- Menstrual Cramps
- Frequent Headaches or Nausea
All set? You can submit the application yourself online or in the mail, but I recommend you take it to a dispensary that will either pay the $100 application fee for your card directly (Herbal Alternatives) or gives you a credit for the same amount (National Holistic Healing Center offers a $100 credit; Capital City Care gives you a free 1/4 ounce of a house strain; Takoma Wellness gives you 20% off your first purchase, so if you buy enough you could save even more). The dispensaries will hand deliver your application for you, but in my experience, this doesn’t make the process any faster. It simply eliminates the risk of putting it in the mail. You’ll also need to provide:
- 2 qualifying forms as Proof of DC residency
- Passport-style photo (2 copies if mailing)
- Clear copy of a U.S., state, or District government-issued photo ID as proof of identity
Minors are allowed in the program and one of the cultivators, Holistic Remedies, makes CBD oil. You may qualify for financial assistance with the application fee and cost of your medicine if you have a low income (equal or less than 200% of the federal poverty level or if you’re on Medicaid).
So what are you waiting for?