Conditions to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Medical Marijuana Qalifying Conditions

The use of medical marijuana by patients with severe and chronic illnesses may in some cases have a better outcome than manufactured medicine, which often has adverse side effects. As many of you know, marijuana is also referred to as cannabis, weed, grass, pot, ganja, and many other colorful terms. Marijuana has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes and has increasingly gained popularity as an alternative and healthier option for different medical conditions. The plant was initially cultivated in Central Asia before it eventually migrated across the world.

The list of countries recognizing the use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes is gradually increasing, as the research into marijuana’s benefits becomes more in-depth, and the minimal adverse effects are legally and clinically recognized. Although marijuana is still classified as illegal under Federal Law (the Controlled Substances Act of 1970), its medical use has been legalized in 33 states across the United States with a doctor’s recommendation. The Rohrabacher–Farr amendment passed into law by Congress helps protect many patients from federal prosecution who are following state medical cannabis laws.

Qualifying Conditions & Symptoms

Certain medical conditions qualify patients to be certified for medical marijuana, depending on the state. To apply for a medical marijuana card and enjoy its benefits, you should have one or more of the qualifying medical conditions. A prescription that allows a patient to legally obtain, possess, and use medical marijuana according to the state is commonly known as a “med card”, “certification”, or “recommendation”. Here are the different states that have a medical marijuana program and the qualifying conditions that a patient must have to be approved by a doctor for marijuana:

ARIZONA

Qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana patient card:

  • Pain (chronic or severe)
  • Nausea
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Muscle spasms or Muscle Sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • ALS
  • Seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

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MAINE

It used to be that Maine had a limited list of conditions that qualified for medical marijuana. Then in December 2018, a new Maine law went into effect that let healthcare providers recommend medical marijuana to patients for most medical conditions the provider deemed suitable, including difficulty sleeping, anxiety, depression, and more. 

Here is a list of common conditions that qualify people for medical marijuana:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Nail-Patella Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms including Multiple Sclerosis
  • Seizures including Epilepsy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

You can start booking your appointment in Maine on QuickMedCards.

MARYLAND

Qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana patient card:

  • Pain (chronic or severe)
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Glaucoma
  • Nausea
  • PTSD
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Anorexia
  • Seizures
  • Another chronic medical condition which is severe and for which other treatments have been ineffective

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MISSOURI

Per Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, a qualifying medical condition is:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
  • A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome
  • Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress order if diagnosed by a state-licensed psychiatrist
  • Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • A chronic medical condition that is usually treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, when a physician determines that medical use of marijuana could be useful in treating that condition and would serve as a safer alternative to the prescription medication
  • A terminal illness
  • In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition, including, but not limited to, hepatitis C,
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, and wasting syndrome.

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OKLAHOMA

Healthcare providers in Oklahoma may recommend medical marijuana to patients for most medical conditions that the provider deems suitable, including difficulty sleeping, anxiety, depression, and more. Here is a list of common conditions that qualify people for medical marijuana patient card.

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Nausea
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Terminal Illness
  • Seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • ALS
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Nail-Patella Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cachexia

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NEW MEXICO

Qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana patient card

  • Pain (chronic or severe)
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Seizures
  • Spinal cord injury with spasticity
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Neuropathy
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Anorexia
  • Cachexia
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nausea
  • PTSD
  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Hospice Care
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Inclusion Body Myositis

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NEW YORK

Qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana patient card

  • Cancer
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury with spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic pain

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PENNSYLVANIA

Qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana patient card

  • Pain
  • PTSD
  • Glaucoma
  • Opioid Alternative
  • Autism
  • Neuropathy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s
  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • ALS
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Huntington’s disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorder
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Terminal Illness

You can start booking your appointment in Pennsylvania on QuickMedCards.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA WITHOUT MEDICAL RECORDS

When trying to get a medical marijuana card, it will help if you could provide medical records as proof that you have or were previously diagnosed with the condition. Medical records raise the probability that you will be approved. Still, there are situations and contexts where a medical provider can approve a patient for medical marijuana without external medical records based on the provider’s own assessment and expertise. Some laws have a broad scope and description of the qualifying conditions.