Back in the early days of medical cannabis, hopeful patients had to see their doctor in-person to receive their recommendation. While that may not appear to be a tall task, it became, and continues to be, an issue in certain states where access to nearby doctors and dispensaries is not always readily available. To make the process simpler and more efficient, telemedicine entered the fray and revolutionized the industry. At PrestoDoctor, we are proud to be at the forefront of this revolution for several states.
Each state varies when it comes to applying for a medical cannabis ID. Overall, here is what can be expected and how to best prepare so your process is completed as efficiently as possible.
How Does it Work?
PrestoDoctor offers patients an easy and efficient process that can complete the entire process in just a few days. After signing up for a membership, patients input the required information to process payments and shipments, often taking less than two minutes to complete. From there, patients can schedule an appointment with a doctor for a video appointment with one of our licensed physicians.
If the physician approves the patient, they receive their official recommendation, medical marijuana ID card as well as benefits specific to PrestoDoctor members including a personalized medical treatment plan. In some states, approved patients will then have to register online with their state’s medical marijuana program. A physical copy will arrive in the mail shortly after.
Do I Qualify for a Medical Cannabis ID?
Qualifying conditions vary by state. In states like California, its list of qualifying conditions is broad and expansive. However, other states opt to restrict access much more. For example, Texas’ medical cannabis program currently limits its list of qualifying conditions to just intractable epilepsy for children. In New York, its once restrictive medical cannabis program expanded its access in a series of measures over the years, including allowing IDs for people suffering from PTSD or have an opioid prescription.
Patients should review their state’s list of qualifying conditions before scheduling any appointments. In some instances, medical documentation is required before seeing a physician. This is not a hard and fast rule, however. Though encouraged, patients only need to provide past documentation when requested by the physician. This request can occur prior, during or after an appointment. Additionally, more than one appointment may be required. In Pennsylvania, you have to book two separate sessions with two different physicians. However, they can be done on the same day.
Even if not submitting documents at the time of the appointment, it may still be beneficial to have all your documents in order just in case they are requested as some records can take weeks to receive your records.
Patients will also need to register with their state to finalize the process. This can vary from a phone to QR codes to online verification through a state-run portal. Regardless, PrestoDoctor will include these final steps for patients when they receive their documentation.
What Do I Need?
To get a cannabis card online, PrestoDoctor members need to have three items:
- A picture of your valid photo ID
- A computer or smartphone with a working camera
- Your credit or debit card on file
How Much Does it Cost?
Prices vary by state and service. PrestoDoctor strives to offer patients the most competitive pricing in the market, starting at $49.
Ready to Get a Cannabis Card Online?
Patients seeking access to medical cannabis find immense benefits with online appointments. In just a few minutes, patients can be registered and scheduled for an appointment that works at a time that is convenient for them.
If you want to get a cannabis card online, it is essential that you understand the rules and regulations of your state. To avoid setbacks, it is suggested that you have an understanding of the qualifying conditions and have your past documentation on hand just in case. With an understanding of the rules and what to expect, you should have a rather smooth process from there. If qualified, patients can expect to be enrolled in their state’s program in as little as a few days or weeks depending on where they live.
With the ease of access to physicians and medical cannabis improving, now is the time to schedule an appointment for your medical cannabis card. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions!Get Your Card Now