Asking Your Doctor for Cannabis
It may be something you’ve been meaning to do for while. Perhaps you’re unsure of the pros/cons of the medical vs recreational usage of cannabis in Oregon? You might be one of the folks who are hindered by some of the limitations associated with the recreational laws. Maybe you’re part of the growing number of people who feel better having a physician involved in the management of a medical condition for you or a loved one. Or it could very well be due due to a certain attorney general taking a forceful (though not unexpected) stance on recreational cannabis. Whatever your reason, when it’s time to talk to your doctor about getting your OMMP (medical marijuana) card, we’re here to help you navigate that process.
If you already have your OMMP card, congratulations! You know as well as we do how important it is to seek out the best, most natural treatments for your aches and pains. The more people learn about and take advantage of medical cannabis programs, the more research can advance. That means the bullies in Washington, D.C., may one day be silenced for good when they realize how far reaching the benefits of cannabis. That’s our goal, anyway.
We’ve been blessed to see this wonderful plant work wonders for people dealing with a long list of medical challenges including debilitating mental illness and chronic physical pain. We’ve even seen how cannabis can save lives. So let’s talk about the process and hopefully shed some light on the subject of the OMMP card and how to ask your doctor for cannabis.
Step 1: Know before you go.
Not everyone — and not every medical condition — qualifies for an OMMP card. Save yourself the hassle of rejection and the time lost by doing your homework beforehand and learning as much as you can about the program.
Step 2: Filling out the application.
If you’ve determined that you at least deserve to be considered, fill out the OMMP application, a PDF of which you can download here.
Step 3: Finding a doctor.
We suggest finding a doctor whose job it is to advise would-be OMMP patients, because many doctors are bound by their health systems’ regulations and may not be able to offer a recommendation (as much as they’d like to). However, if you prefer you can always call and check with your physician to see if they’re willing to see you in regards to obtaining an OMMP card. Fees for doctor visits will vary. Again, it’s all about doing your due diligence. When you’ve found your doctor, make sure they fill out the required attending physician’s statement during your visit.
Step 4: Valid photo ID.
When you apply for an OMMP card, you’ll be asked to provide a copy of a valid photo ID. If you’re unsure what that means, here are some examples.
Step 5: Pay the fee.
The standard OMMP application fee is $200. You may find that you qualify to pay a reduced fee, if you are a veteran, an Oregon Health Plan, or on SSI. You can find more information about qualifying for reduced fees here.
Step 5: The Waiting Game.
Don’t expect your application to be processed overnight. With so many Oregonians hoping to reap the benefits of medical cannabis, the OMMP offices stay plenty busy. You’ll typically wait around two weeks before you hear anything and possibly another week or so before you get your card. But good things come to those who wait, right? You can find more about the estimated wait time, here, under the section titled “Waiting For Cards?”
Step 7: Enjoy!
When your card arrives you can head out to your local dispensary, celebrate the many benefits of cannabis and keep spreading the word.
Have questions? Get in touch with us. We also encourage you to stay looped into the local cannabis community and connect with like-minded people through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels. #FindYourChalice