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Vancouver Medical Marijuana Card

_Adults with qualifying medical conditions must get their physicians’ authorizations to apply for medical marijuana authorization cards in Vancouver. In accordance with Washington’s cannabis laws, minors who are qualifying cannabis patients can also get medical marijuana cards. However, they must obtain the consent of their parents or legal guardians. A Vancouver medical marijuana card can last up to one year for an adult patient and up to 6 months for minors. _

Do I Need to See a Doctor for a Medical Marijuana Card in Vancouver?

Yes. Persons with qualifying medical conditions must visit licensed physicians to get recommendations for Vancouver MMJ cards. The following healthcare practitioners can provide medical marijuana authorization in Vancouver:

  • Medical doctors
  • Physician assistants
  • Osteopathic physicians
  • Osteopathic physician assistants
  • Naturopathic physicians
  • Advanced registered nurse practitioners

To obtain medical marijuana authorization, a qualifying patient must meet their medical provider in person. However, after the first in-person meeting, the health practitioner may use telemedicine services for subsequent meetings. For instance, if the patient wants to renew their MMJ card, the appointment for medical assessment can be held via telehealth, provided there is an already established practitioner-patient relationship.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Vancouver

To get a medical marijuana card in Vancouver, a qualifying patient must schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider to determine if their condition is eligible for t medical marijuana treatment. If they qualify, the medical provider will issue them a medical marijuana authorization.

Upon acquiring this certification, the patients can contact a licensed medically endorsed retail store and set an appointment with the store’s medical cannabis consultant. At the retail store, the consultant will review the authorization form to ensure that it matches the details on the patient’s government-issued ID. Afterward, the consultant will upload the patient's photo and medical marijuana certification into the Washington Cannabis Authorization Database and issue the patient a medical cannabis card.

How Long Does Vancouver Medical Marijuana Card Last?

Depending on the patient's treatment plan, a Vancouver MMJ card may last up to one year after issuance for an adult patient and up to 6 months for a registered minor. Patients may begin their medical marijuana card renewal process one month before the expiration date of their current marijuana card.

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Vancouver?

A Vancouver medical marijuana card costs between $1 to $10, depending on the medically-endorsed retail store.

Can Minors Get Medical Marijuana Cards in Vancouver?

Yes, minors with qualifying medical conditions can get MMJ cards in Vancouver. However, Washington cannabis law requires them to acquire parental consent and designate caregivers who may either be their parents or legal guardians. Also, qualifying patients who are minors require two authorizations from the same medical provider. Parents or legal guardians must sign both on behalf of the minors.

How to Renew Medical Marijuana Card in Vancouver

The renewal process for a Vancouver MMJ card is the same as the initial application. However, a patient must first renew the medical marijuana authorization by scheduling an appointment with the healthcare practitioner who issued the initial authorization. After doing this, the patient must schedule an appointment with a certified consultant at a medically endorsed retail store to obtain a new medical marijuana card. Vancouver medical marijuana card renewal costs between $1 and $10.

Does Vancouver Accept Out-of-State MMJ Cards?

No. Vancouver does not accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards, as Washington has no medical marijuana reciprocity with any other state.