How to get a medicinal marijuana license

Updated June 05, 2017

Medical marijuana is used in the treatment of glaucoma, epilepsy, cancer, and pain. Thirty years ago marijuana was an illegal drug. As of November 2010, fourteen states and the District of Columbia have legalised medical marijuana. Those states are Alaska, Colorado, California, Maine, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, Rhode Island, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington. There are different qualifications to obtain a medical marijuana license or card for each state.

Fill out an application. These can be found online (see Resources). All of the fourteen states except for Washington require either a Marijuana Application Packet or New/Renewal Application for Identification Card to receive a marijuana license or card.

Obtain a letter from your physician. This letter should explain your symptoms in detail and why you need medical marijuana. Arthritis, cancer and chemotherapy, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and nausea are among conditions for which physicians may prescribe medical marijuana.

Submit other documents. These documents vary depending on the state. For example, California requires a copy of your medical records, while Vermont does not. Washington requires that the patient be a resident when diagnosed, while most other states do not.


If under 18 years old, a minor form must be completed. Application fees may vary from £16 to £65.

Things You'll Need

  • Application
  • Letter from physician
  • Medical records
  • Photo identification
  • Caregiver packet, if applicable
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A native of Atlanta, Ashley Rachel has been writing articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in magazines geared toward helping others, including "Single Parent Magazine." Rachel holds a Bachelors of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.