Whether it's your first time visiting a doctor for a medical marijuana recommendation or you're meeting a new physician, there's no reason to feel confused about what to expect from your evaluation. The meeting will remain part of your confidential medical record, and your doctor will discuss the ways that cannabis may help treat your conditions or ailments. An appointment for a medical marijuana recommendation (it's called a recommendation because cannabis is still classified at the federal level as a Schedule I drug, and doctors can't legally prescribe it as medicine) is just like any other appointment about your health, and there are some documents you'll need to bring with you.
However, each doctor's office has its own rules, so it's best to call ahead to make sure if they have any specific requirements for patients seeking a medical marijuana recommendation. For example, some facilities charge for missing a scheduled appointment and some don't accept new patients who are on probation. To help you keep your visit hassle-free we've compiled a short checklist you should go over every time you have a medical appointment. Don't forget to arrive a little early to fill out paperwork!
1. Proof of Identification
To obtain a medical marijuana recommendation you must prove who you are and where you live. Bring with you:
- Current and valid state Driver’s License
- Current and valid state ID card
- Current military issued ID card
- An out-of-state ID
- Proof of your in-state residency (utility bill, bank statement, etc.)
2. Personal Medical Documentation
At your appointment, a physician will perform his or her own examination to make a diagnosis, but it is helpful if you bring your medical records. Bring with you:
- Recent medical records
- List of current prescriptions (if any)
- Physician’s letter (optional)
- X-rays, MRI’s or other test results (if applicable)
3. Payment Method
- A Check, debit or credit card, or money order are the typical payment methods accepted, and some facilities accept cash.
- Some offices allow patients to pay in advance through an online payment system.