Getting a medical marijuana program running in Oklahoma has been a years’ long challenge. Finally, in June 2018, a referendum legalized medical marijuana for all Oklahomans.
In 2018, the road to legalization was bumpy. The state tried to impose restrictions, such as having licensed pharmacists on-site at dispensaries, but these requirements were dropped after lawsuits were filed; some rules have been rolled back, as the state’s Attorney General ruled that they overreached.
The current result is that Oklahomans now have a straight-forward medical marijuana program. Of course, patients must still apply for and receive a card before they can have or use cannabis. This step-by-step guide will walk patients through the steps of getting their certification.
Determining if a Patient Is Qualified
In many states, medical cannabis is only approved for patients who meet “qualifying conditions.” For example, in Florida, people may not use cannabis to manage autism, but in other states, the use of cannabis is legal for this purpose.
Oklahoma has a list of conditions that medical cannabis is often recommended for, but doesn’t have restrictions. If a doctor believes cannabis may help the patient, they can recommend it, but patients must have a doctor’s recommendation to access medical cannabis products.
Patients must also be of age 18 or over, or have a parent or guardian act as caregiver. Minors must receive two physician recommendations to get a card.
The 3 Steps to Getting an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Card
1. Finding a Doctor
Just like how almost any patient can get a medical marijuana recommendation, any doctor can make the recommendation.
The bigger challenge for patients is finding a doctor who will recommend it. Although the referendum had a nearly 60 percent rate of approval, many Oklahomans oppose cannabis, including some doctors as well.
One way to find a state-licensed physician open to medical cannabis is to check with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. OMMA maintains a list of physicians who will consider making cannabis recommendations. However, doctors don’t have to register with OMMA. Some physicians might still consider cannabis even if they’re not listed.
Consulting with physicians on the OMMA list can make the process smoother. It’s important to note the recommendation is at the doctor’s discretion. Even doctors who are open to discussing medical cannabis may not recommend it in every case.
2. The Consultation
The next step to getting an Oklahoma medical marijuana card is consulting with the doctor. Patients should bring a copy of OMMA’s Physician Recommendation form for the doctor. In the case of minors, who need two recommendations, the forms have to be signed within 30 days of each other, and both must also be submitted within 30 days of submitting the online application (which we cover in step 3).
At the consultation, the doctor will evaluate the patient as a candidate for medical marijuana. They’ll consider the patient’s medical history more generally. Some doctors may feel evidence doesn’t support the use of cannabis in the management of some conditions, and others will be more open to trying it.
3. Registering Online with OMMA
Once the patient has a recommendation from their physician, it’s time to register with OMMA. This must be done within 30 days of receiving the signed physician’s recommendation.
This online application registers the patient with OMMA. The form will ask for basic information, such as the patient’s full name, their date of birth and their address.
Patients must also provide contact information, proof of identity and proof of residency in Oklahoma. To prove residency, patients can include a digital, color copy of a(n):
- Oklahoma driver’s license
- OK state identification card
- Oklahoma voter ID card
- Utility bill for the month preceding the date of application, such as electricity
- Deed to a residential property in Oklahoma
To prove identity, a driver’s license, identification card or passport can be used. Patients will also need to provide a clear, color photo of their face.
Getting Medical Cannabis
Once the forms have been signed and submitted, patients have to wait for OMMA to process them. If OMMA approves the application, they’ll mail the card within two weeks. It’s valid for two years from the date of issue unless OMMA revokes it.
OMMA approves applications as long as all the documentation has been provided and the rules followed. Keep in mind that there is a fee to apply ($100 without medicare). Getting it right the first time is important, so be sure to pay attention to the details.
The medical marijuana card allows Oklahomans to buy medical cannabis from any of the state’s dispensaries. Currently, there are more than 1,100 dispensaries, and laws require dispensaries to buy their products from Oklahoman producers.
Hemp-derived CBD products are legal nationwide and can be purchased from out-of-state vendors. Oklahomans don’t need a medical marijuana card to buy these non-THC containing products.
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Start the Process Today
The process for getting an Oklahoma medical marijuana certification is straight-forward. It’s easy to get started, especially when medical marijuana doctors are available right now. Talk to a medical marijuana expert now and find effective relief of symptoms sooner.