Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Marijuana

Do I Qualify for a Medical Marijuana in the State of North Carolina?

If the North Carolina Compassionate Care Act passes as submitted, then patients who live in the state and have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition will have the opportunity to get approved for medical marijuana. 

 

If you have been diagnosed with one of North Carolina’s qualifying conditions, the next step will be to talk to a marijuana doctor, who has been trained in the use of cannabis to treat symptoms and conditions that can benefit from plant medicine.

Why do I need a North Carolina Medical Marijuana Card?

A North Carolina Medical Marijuana Card shows that your name has been added to the North Carolina Medical Marijuana Registry by a Licensed North Carolina Physician. With this card, you can:

 

1. Buy marijuana from dispensaries in the State of North Carolina

2. Possess Marijuana and Marijuana Products in the State of North Carolina

3. Consume Marijuana and Marijuana Products in the State of North Carolina

A North Carolina Medical Marijuana Card is a personal identification card that shows the patient is a legal North Carolina registered Medical Marijuana Patient.

How do I get a North Carolina Medical Marijuana Card?

To obtain your North Carolina Medical Marijuana card, you need to have a North Carolina medical marijuana doctor confirm that you suffer from one or more of the qualifying conditions and recommend medical marijuana to you. Once the program is fully in place, our staff will be here to simplify the process, connecting you with a certified doctor and filing all your necessary paperwork!

 

You must visit a state-licensed physician (not a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) to obtain a physician certification. You will then apply for an identification card from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Am I guaranteed to get approved for Medical Marijuana after visiting a North Carolina Marijuana Doctor office?

We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments. However, you do not have to worry as the entire cost of an appointment will be a nominal flat fee if you, for whatever reason, are not approved by the doctor.

What conditions make a patient eligible for Medical Marijuana in the State of North Carolina?

A “qualifying patient” must have a condition or symptom of, or side effect related to the treatment of:

How do I get a North Carolina Marijuana Card?

Our team specializes in helping patients obtain their medical marijuana cards. We’ll have locations in all major North Carolina cities, and our doctors will be here to help you through the process. Give us a call at (833) 781-7320, or send us a message by clicking here if you’d like to learn more about how you can get your medical marijuana card in North Carolina.

What is the cost for a Medical Marijuana card in North Carolina?

Some doctors charge an exorbitant amount of money just for an initial examination. We feel strongly that if you qualify for Medical Marijuana, you shouldn't have trouble accessing it due to cost. As such, we offer a variety of payment methods, including discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts to those who spread the word about our services. After the first appointment, all follow-ups are free for 12 months.

If my registry identification card expired and I didn’t submit my renewal application before the deadline, am I still eligible to purchase Medical Marijuana?

No. When your card expires, the legal protection offered by the North Carolina Medical Marijuana Act is expired. You may still submit your renewal application.

​Where can patients purchase Medical Marijuana?

Once you have obtained a recommendation from a certified doctor and received your North Carolina Medical Marijuana card, you'll be able to purchase medical marijuana at any of the licensed dispensaries located throughout the state of North Carolina. Since the program has not yet been established, it is unclear where cannabis dispensaries will be located. However, in most states with an established medical marijuana program, there are several throughout the state.

Do I have to buy my marijuana from one of the dispensaries?

Yes. To be protected under the North Carolina Medical Marijuana Act, your marijuana must be labeled from one of the North Carolina dispensaries.

Can I grow my own Medical Marijuana?

No. There is not currently a provision in the North Carolina Compassionate Care Act allowing residents to grow their own medical marijuana. However, there is always the opportunity for this to change in the future.

Where will the dispensaries be located in North Carolina?

We do not know the exact number of approved dispensaries. For a detailed look at where to find your nearest dispensary, visit our dispensary location master list.

How much Medical Marijuana can be purchased from the dispensary?

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Medical Marijuana Program will set caps on the amount of marijuana that can be purchased by a patient, and those have not yet been established.

Will my insurance or Medicaid pay for my marijuana?

We encourage you to contact your insurance provider or Medicaid official for an answer; however, we are not aware of any insurance providers that cover the costs of Medical Marijuana at present.

How much will Medical Marijuana cost?

The cost of Medical Marijuana will be set by each dispensary. At this point, it isn’t clear what those prices will be exactly. With 32 dispensaries located throughout the state of North Carolina, we hope that the competition will keep prices low and affordable.

Does North Carolina have reciprocity with other states?

At this time, reciprocity has not been established for residents of North Carolina.

​What is a Designated Caregiver, and how many can I have?

A designated caregiver is a person who is selected by a qualifying patient as the person authorized, on the qualifying patient’s behalf, to possess, obtain from a certified Medical Marijuana dispensary, dispense and assist in the administration of Medical Marijuana. 

 

Caregivers must apply for a registry card. It is not legal for caregivers to consume, by any means, Medical Marijuana that has been dispensed on behalf of a registered qualifying patient.

How do I apply to be a designated caregiver?

After the person in your care receives a recommendation for medical marijuana from a certified marijuana doctor, caregivers will submit an application to the Medical Marijuana Control Program to purchase medical marijuana on behalf of the patient.

Do I need a caregiver card to purchase Medical Marijuana for my child?

Yes. Qualified patients under 18 years of age cannot purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. The legal guardian or parent will be required to register as a caregiver to buy medical marijuana for a minor.

Can a caregiver have more than one patient?

Yes. A caregiver may serve more than one patient. A caregiver must apply for a registry card for each patient.

Can a caregiver also be a registered qualifying patient?

Yes. A caregiver may be a registered qualifying patient.

Can my employer still drug test me for marijuana if I am a registered patient?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. The North Carolina Compassionate Care Act does not provide protection to medical marijuana patients from employee drug testing. It will be left to the discretion of each employer whether they wish to recognize an employee's medical marijuana approval as an exemption to company drug testing policies. However, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment based on an individual’s past or present status as a caregiver or a qualifying patient.

Is my personal information kept private?

The privacy of our patients is a top priority of ours, so we make sure all patient information is kept confidential in our HIPAA compliant file storage system.

How do I get a Marijuana Card in North Carolina?

We specialize in helping patients obtain their medical marijuana card in North Carolina, and our doctors will be happy to help you obtain your card. However, the state isn't yet issuing medical marijuana cards. We expect a program to be up and running in the near future. Send us a message by clicking here, give us a call at (833) 781-7320, or sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page if you'd like to be notified when medical marijuana cards are available in North Carolina.

Am I guaranteed to get approved by the Marijuana Doctor?

We specialize in helping patients obtain their medical marijuana card in North Carolina, and our doctors will be happy to help you obtain your card. However, the state isn't yet issuing medical marijuana cards. We expect a program to be up and running in the near future. Send us a message by clicking here, give us a call at (833) 781-7320, or sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page if you'd like to be notified when medical marijuana cards are available in North Carolina.

What is the cost for a Medical Marijuana card in North Carolina?

Once you've been approved by a certified doctor and received a medical marijuana recommendation, you will need to submit an application, along with the application, to the Department of Health and Human Services in order to receive your marijuana card. This card will expire after 12 months.

Where are the dispensaries located in North Carolina?

No dispensary licenses have been approved as of yet. Once the North Carolina medical marijuana program has been established, we will have more information available about where cannabis dispensaries are located.

Are there limits on how much Medical Marijuana can be purchased from a dispensary?

Based on the laws in other states that have Medical Marijuana programs, there most likely will be specific limits as to how much marijuana can be purchased by a patient.

Are approved patients allowed to smoke Medical Marijuana?

It is unclear which medical marijuana formats will be accessible to North Carolina patients, but the Compassionate Care Act does prohibit combustion of cannabis. However, there may be products available that can be vaporized or inhaled.

What will dispensaries charge patients for Medical Marijuana in North Carolina?

The cost of Medical Marijuana will be set by each dispensary individually and the free market will ultimately determine what the final price will be to patients. At this point, it is unclear what that price will be, but since dispensaries set their own prices, it is worth looking around for the best deals.

What is a caregiver, and how many can I have?

A caregiver is an individual that has registered with the Department of Health and Human Services to purchase, possess, and administer medical marijuana to a patient with an active North Carolina marijuana card. Caregivers may serve more than one patient. However, a caregiver must apply for a registry card for each patient and pay a fee for each registry card.

Is my personal information kept confidential

The privacy of our patients is a top priority of ours, so we go through great lengths to ensure all patient information is protected and kept confidential in our HIPAA compliant file storage system. We also promise to never share any of your contact information with any 3rd parties.

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