Clarifying Some Misconceptions on Receiving a medical marijuana card

There are so many misconceptions and false statements flying about getting your card.  Here is a list of facts for the most common asked questions.

  1.  You will not lose your Social Security
  2. You will not lose your SNAP
  3. Your guns will not be confiscated
  4. Felons CAN be patients, they just can’t be caregivers or work in the industry.

You do not have to find a “marijuana doctor”.  Even though many doctors are not agreeing to sign the applications at this point, DPEG is working diligently to get the doctors educated in what the law says and does.  Many refuse because they don’t understand what is being asked of them.  If you have a regular physician, go to them and talk to them about the application.  Explain to them that they are not recommending cannabis, but the form clearly states they are only verifying that you have a qualifying condition.  You see your regular physician throughout the year and you should give them an opportunity to sign first before going to an advertised “marijuana doctor.”

If your doctor refuses to sign the application, politely request a copy of your medical records to take to another physician.  These are YOUR records and you have a right to receive a copy of them.

The Health Department should be releasing the forms to add additional qualifying conditions within the next few weeks.  They have re-written them to be easier to fill out and you do not have to suffer from that condition yourself to request.  This means that DPEG can apply for the additional conditions.  At this time, here is the list of conditions that DPEG will petition to add:

  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) / ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Depression
  • Emphysema
  • Insomnia, Chronic
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Respiratory Dysfunction / COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

We will be adding other conditions as people make requests.