If you want to get a medical marijuana card, you will need to comply with the specific laws of the state you live in. Currently 29 states and the District of Columbia allow eligible patients to apply for a medical marijuana card, and each state has its own set of rules, regulations, and list of qualifying conditions.

Having a medical marijuana card allows you legal access to medicinal cannabis, and there are a few things you will need to get one regardless of which state you live in. A proof of residence, like a valid ID, will be required as well as a doctor's diagnosis of an eligible condition with proper documentation. You should note that the forms required to obtain a medical marijuana card vary from state to state and not every doctor will prescribe cannabis despite its legal status.

 You should research the list of qualifying conditions that will allow you to get a medical marijuana card before visiting your doctor, as vast differences exist among what each state considers an eligible condition or symptom. For example, Mississippi and North Carolina only recognize epileptic seizure disorders as qualifying conditions, while a range of ailments from chronic pain and anxiety disorders to AIDS and cancer are listed as eligible in other states.

 You will find the approved methods of consuming marijuana by medical card holders also differ among the states. For instance, Minnesota only allows medical marijuana card holders to possess a 30-day supply of edibles, oils, or other concentrates, but it doesn't allow patients to smoke medicinal cannabis. At this time several states only permit medical marijuana card holders to use cannabidiol (CBD) oil, and Iowa and Georgia impose strict rules regarding tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content by weight.

Since California paved the way for the legalizing medical cannabis in 1996, the number of states that authorize medical cannabis cards for qualified patients continues to grow. Getting a medical marijuana card will give you access to medicinal cannabis if it is legal in your state, but remember that cannabis is still illegal on the federal level in any form. As with any issue regarding your health, ask your personal doctor specific questions regarding how to get a medical marijuana card and if it's right for you.