While cannabis remains illegal under federal law, state-approved medical marijuana programs continue to sprout like weeds across the United States – and in other parts of the world, too. The key that allows you to reap the benefits of the cannabis plant is a state-specific identification card called the medical marijuana card (also known as a cannabis card or weed card).
As of July 2019, the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has been legalized in 33 states, along with Washington, D.C. As the first state to legalize medical marijuana, California drew the initial blueprint with the 1996 passage of the Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative. Since then, states that legalize medical cannabis implement specific laws and regulations with an array of conditions.
Though the rules for obtaining a medical marijuana card vary depending on individual state laws, understanding some of the procedures can help you decide whether getting a medical marijuana card is right for you. Here's a short introduction: