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Take These Steps to Get Approved for Your Medical Cannabis Card

Oct 02, 2023
Take These Steps to Get Approved for Your Medical Cannabis Card
From managing chronic pain to relieving symptoms of severe health conditions, medical cannabis is a proven holistic treatment — but you need a permit to get it. Learn more about how to get a medical cannabis card here.

Medical cannabis can manage various medical conditions, including chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and even certain types of cancer.

Cannabis works on these conditions because it contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which interact with your body's endocannabinoid system to help regulate functions such as sleep, pain, and immune response. 

If you're a resident of Utah and considering medical cannabis as a treatment option, you're probably wondering how to navigate the bureaucratic maze to get your medical cannabis card. 

The good news is that we're here to help. Dragon Healthcare Services and Med Spa, in Springville, Utah, led by Joseph Dragon, FNP-BC, makes getting your medical cannabis card more manageable. 

Here, we explain the step-by-step process to obtain your card.

Are you eligible for a medical cannabis card?

The first step in the process is to understand whether you are eligible for a medical cannabis card. Utah has a list of qualifying conditions that include but are not limited to:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Autism
  • Terminal illness
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Alzheimer's disease

In addition to specific illnesses, chronic or severe pain resulting from a pre-existing condition also qualifies. While some resources can help you understand these conditions better, consulting with us to determine your eligibility is best.

Utah also requires medical cannabis card applicants to be at least 18 years old and to prove their residency in the state. You can typically use a driver's license, voter registration, or utility bills as proof. 

Consultation and diagnosis

After confirming your eligibility criteria, consulting a qualified medical provider (QMP) is the next crucial step. Dragon Healthcare Services & Med Spa expert medical professionals are well-versed in medical cannabis treatment.

During the consultation, we discuss your medical history, current symptoms, and any previous treatments you've undergone. It's vital to be honest during this consultation, as we can only make accurate recommendations based on accurate information.

The application process

Before filling out your application, ensure you gather all required documentation, which usually includes:

  • A government-issued ID that confirms your age and Utah residency
  • Medical records outlining your qualifying condition
  • Consultation records or a referral from your QMP
  • Payment for the application fee (varies based on the type of card)

The Utah Department of Health provides an online platform to apply for your medical cannabis card. It's a simple and user-friendly interface where you can upload documents and fill in details.

After applying, it may take up to 15 business days to receive a response. If additional information or clarification is needed, you may need to wait longer. Once approved, you'll receive your medical cannabis card via mail or email, depending on your preference.

What comes next after you receive your card?

With your new medical cannabis card, you can now legally buy medical cannabis products from approved pharmacies in Utah. These facilities offer various forms of medical cannabis, like oils, capsules, and tinctures, providing multiple treatment options.

After you've started your medical cannabis regimen, you must maintain regular follow-ups with us to ensure your treatment is effective and allow us to make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

Getting a medical cannabis card in Utah doesn't have to be stressful. At Dragon Healthcare Services & Med Spa, we simplify this process, providing step-by-step guidance and professional expertise to ensure you meet all requirements without hiccups.

Don't let the medical cannabis application process deter you from seeking the treatment you need. Get in touch today by booking an appointment online or calling 385-685-5114.