You smoke marijuana, and it helps you tremendously but you’re a little worried because you’re breaking the law and don’t want to ever be labeled a criminal. If you are using marijuana for medical purposes, chances are you’re probably qualified to receive a OMMP (Oregon Medicinal Marijuana Program) card. Yes it costs money, and some argue that it’s simply a pain tax. But for many the benefits outweigh the costs.
What does having a card mean?
Having a OMMP Patient card means you can be in possession of up to one and a half pounds (yes pounds) of marijuana anywhere in the state. It may seem excessive, but stocking up on anything in bulk will save you a lot of money and it’s nice to have the option.
Having a OMMP Patient card also means you can grow 6 mature, in bloom (flowering) plants OR designate a grower to grow for you. If someone grows for you, it’s generally expected that you will be given about 1-2 ounces of bud each month, but every situation is different.
Sounds great, but how do I get my card?
Generally, there are two ways to get your card. The first is the simplest, ask your own doctor or primary care physician. If they say yes, they will write you a recommendation to use medicinal marijuana. Then you’ll need to fill out this application. You’ll take both your doctors recommendation and the OMMP application down to the state office, it’s right by Loyd Center, off HWY 84. Depending on your finical situation, you’ll pay the state $200 ($100 if OHP and only $20 if SSDI). They will issue you a temporary card on the spot, BAM, you’re now legal. But hold on, even though you are now legal the state will review your application. It can take a month, or two or more but they will send you your official card which is good for one year. There is the possibility they reject your application, if that happens your temporary card is now void and you will have to resubmit another application, though I should say I have not heard of this happening but it is possible.
What if my Doctor doesn’t feel comfortable reccomending marijuana or would rather get kick backs from pharmacy reps for prescribing me poison?
A lot of doctors don’t want to ‘rock the boat’ and some would rather you take chemical pills made in a laboratory other than use a natural plant. You don’t have to leave your doctor but you do need to go see one who supports you! You’ll want to go to what’s know as a card clinic, click here to see a map of them. At a card clinic, they usually won’t diagnosis you with your condition. What they do is request your medical records from your doctor(s) and have them faxed into their office. Once they are satisfied that they have enough documentation to recommend medicinal marijuana, you’ll meet with one of their doctors. They’ll shake your hand, and look at your paper work. It’s generally a very easy, and non-stressful process, they want to help you! They’ll ask you a few general questions and if everything checks out, write you the recommendation on the sport and you’ll pay them a fee of about $100-250 depending on your finical situation and the clinic. Then it’s off to the state office, don’t forget you’ll also need your OMMP application along with the Dr.’s recommendation.
What are the qualifiers for an OMMP Card?
- Agitation related to Alzheimer’s disease
- Cachexia (wasting from conditions like Anorexia Nervosa, or AIDS)
- Cancer, radiation and chemotherapy
- HIV+/AIDS and related illness
- Chronic Nausea
- Severe Pain
- Persistent muscle spasm disorders, including but not limited to those caused by multiple sclerosis
Any condition that causes chronic pain caused by, but not limited to:
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Chronic Pain from Arthritis
- Chronic Pain from Degenerative Disk Disease
- Malignant Melanoma
- Chronic Pain from Skin Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Adrenal Cortical Cancer
- Brain malignant tumor
- Chronic Pain from Diabetic Neuropathy
- Chronic Back Pain
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Pain from Fibromyalgia
- Chronic Pain and Nausea from Hepatitis
- Chronic Nausea
- Chronic Pain T.M.J Syndrome
- Chronic Pain and nausea from GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease)
- Breast Cancer
Having these above conditions does not necessarily mean you qualify. Chronic pain is defined as lasting longer than 3 months and you have sought medical attention more than once.
Getting your card is relatively fast (if you have your condition documented by a doctor), can result in free weed if you get a grower, takes the risk of medicating away, but is a small investment at around $200-600. When weighed against the alternative of misdemeanor or possible felony, I’d say that’s a cheap alternative!
If you have any questions please feel free to leave a reply below and we’ll answer your question as best we can. Obviously, this is not legal advice, just suggestions and opinions. Take care and be safe out there, because who wants a drug charge on their record for using a plant as medicine… not us!