Does my condition qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation?

In general, a person suffering from any of the following conditions would qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation: 1. Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or the treatment of these conditions; 2. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: a) Cachexia or wasting syndrome (severe weakness, malnutrition or weight loss) b) Severe pain c) Severe nausea d) Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy e) Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease f) Additional conditions which may be considered by your state’s applicable government department.

How can I get a recommendation for medical marijuana?

The laws for medical marijuana differ from state to state.  In general, you must first obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana from a board certified physician.  A physician cannot give a prescription for medical marijuana; they can only provide a recommendation.  After receiving this recommendation, you may be required to register with your state before being granted authorization to grow, obtain or be in possession of medical marijuana.  Only after receiving authorization are you legally protected in your state.  At this point you can seek out a caregiver to assist you with obtaining medical marijuana.  For state specific resources, please refer to the Medical Marijuana In Your State section of our site.

Where can I find a physician who supports the use of medical marijuana?

Any board-certified physician in a state that has laws supporting medical marijuana can provide a recommendation for medical marijuana.  You may first wish to discuss the use of medical marijuana with your own physician.  If your physician supports the use of medical marijuana to address your needs, they can provide you with a recommendation. However, not every physician supports the use of medical marijuana.  For this reason, the AoMMC is working within the medical community to establish a database of physicians that understand the benefits of medical marijuana. We are always working to increase the size of our physician database.  If you would like to find a physician in your area that supports medical marijuana, please click here to be directed to our Locator Tool.

I am registered as a medical marijuana patient in my state.  Where can I get my medicine?

Depending on your state, a certain amount of medical marijuana can be grown by the patient or obtained from a caregiver or dispensary.  A caregiver is an individual who has been legally approved to grow medicinal marijuana.  A dispensary is a storefront where medical marijuana is sold.  Compassion clubs are another resource for patients to interact with each other to learn more about the community.  For detailed information on each state, please refer to the Medical Marijuana In Your State section of our site.

Where can I find a caregiver?

Caregiver laws differ from state to state.  In some states, a caregiver can only provide medical marijuana to a legally defined number of patients, such as one or five.  In other states, there is no limit to the number of patients that a caregiver can supply. We are always working to increase the size of our caregiver database.  If you have a physician recommendation (and are registered with your state, where applicable) and would like to find a caregiver in your area that can provide you with medical marijuana, please click here to be directed to our Locator Tool.

How much can I expect to pay for medical marijuana?

The cost of medical marijuana will vary from one caregiver to another.  Generally, you can expect to pay within a range of $300 to $700 for an ounce of medical marijuana, depending on the level of relief you require. For more information on the costs and benefits of various strains, we like this illustrated article written by CNBC, aptly titled “A Gallery of Medical Marijuana”.