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How to get a Montana medical-marijuana card

2010-06-01T00:11:00Z How to get a Montana medical-marijuana cardLee Newspapers Helena Independent Record
June 01, 2010 12:11 am  • 

1. A person must get a written recommendation from a doctor that he or she qualifies for using medical marijuana. The doctor uses a state-issued form to write the recommendation. It is not a prescription.

2. The applicant submits the doctor’s recommendation along with a one-page application form, the name of his or her caregiver (if any) and a $25 fee to the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. Patients under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their application form and act as their caregiver.

3. The DPHHS processes the application and enters the patient into the state registry of medical-marijuana license holders. The registry is not available for public review. If the patient has a caregiver, that person undergoes a background check and cannot be a convicted drug felon.

4. The DPHHS mails a medical-marijuana card to the patient, who can then begin using the drug. The patient (or his caregiver) is allowed to possess no more than six marijuana plants and one ounce of usable marijuana. The card must be renewed annually for a $10 fee.

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  1. stonerchick92
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    stonerchick92 - August 22, 2011 6:09 pm
    I believe that it is a wonderful idea to have Medical Marijuana. All the people who bash Medical Marijuana are ignorant. I like it how people say that it's addictive and shouldn't be legal, yet the government is getting citizens addicted to pills that kill their liver everyday, when the total number of deaths from Marijuana in the history of time is 0. It makes no sense to have pills for medical reasons, and not have a natural herb that could heal the nation as a medical option.
  2. Toby
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    Toby - June 10, 2010 2:45 pm
    Get the whole country high, what a wonderful idea! When were high we have such wonderful insight, ideas, and visions of a better planet. We can hold each others hands and sing kumbaya.
    Pass the bong around and increase our intellectual well being. We would be on a higher plain, and we would be able to look down on the conservatives and their narrow minded dogmatic ways. Change, change, change, oh what wonderful change, keep everybody high. Who cares about reality anymore its overrated.

    Those stupid conservatives don't have the slightest clue how much fun it is laying around being lazy and high. We are so much more intelligent.
  3. ResidentCitizen
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    ResidentCitizen - June 02, 2010 1:44 pm
    American Pain Society: It is estimated that 9% of the U.S. adult population are suffer from moderate to severe non-cancer related chronic pain. http://www.ampainsoc.org/links/roadblocks/conclude_road.htm

    The American Academy of Pain Medicine: Each year, $100 billion is spent on pain care, yet 40% of Americans experience daily pain, including 50 million people with chronic pain [that’s 16%] and 25 million people with acute pain. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/122599697/PDFSTART

    The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain: Almost 15,000,000 Americans suffer chronic and intractable pain that is severe enough to be disabling. [that’s 4.9%] http://www.paincare.org/pain_awareness/index.php

    20,000 Montanans = 2%
  4. independentidiot
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    independentidiot - June 02, 2010 1:23 pm
    I'll tell you what.. This medical marijuana is a farce if I ever have seen one. I know people who smoke pot and it is addictive. They cannot live without being high. They are intolerable to be around if they don't have a doobey. I know of many who sell their medical marijuana. One smokes it for a pain her big toe ! Come on! My back and shoulders hurt constantly and I don't smoke pot. Stretch stretch stretch, and walk, lose weight and we will all feel better. Most pain is because we are all on bad diets. If you have a chronic disease than go for the doobey. This will be great, we will all walk around stoned. And that is why people want it, they are to absorbed into nothingness that they even want to go further into it. This is Dr quackery at it's best. I know way to many pot heads to know that this won't work.
  5. THEVOO2009
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    THEVOO2009 - June 02, 2010 7:11 am
    LETS JUST GIVE EVERYONE A CARD! MAKE EVERYONE STUPID!! HOW PATHETIC....
  6. winston
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    winston - June 01, 2010 8:26 pm
    doctorcoordinator said: "I saw the doctor at my own clinic!!! Talk about easy...but of course i pay the doctors...alot.So now there are close to 20,000 patients in montana. Good! We are helping end suffering by using better medicine. As i type i live in constant pain.Clinics - June 12, 13, 14 / Great Falls, Helena, Bozemanhttp://www.mtmj.org406-207-7078 "

    where did all this chronic pain 20,000 people have come from recently? I mean seriously, where are all the headlines about this issue? Maybe the President ought to look into this, sounds like a national crisis.
  7. Tri-pleX
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    Tri-pleX - June 01, 2010 3:53 pm
    "$75 if you got your card thru MCN last year"
    Didn't the article just say that the renewal fee was only $10? Is this proof that the caregivers :cough:drug dealers are really only out to scam cash out of their clients? Or is medicial recertification necessary also on a yearly basis?
    It says that a caregiver can't be a drug felon, but if a caregiver is (inetivably) caught with more plants than allowed do they then become drug felons and then unable to hold caregiver status forever? I hope so.
  8. GivePeaceAChance
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    GivePeaceAChance - June 01, 2010 3:44 pm
    If it costs 150.00 for a doctor visit (which it does) times 20,000 licenses so far, that means the medical community is raking in $3,000,000 a year. And I bet there is a room full of bureaucrats making a living off issuing these licenses as well.

    Legalize pot and watch the wailing really begin!
  9. hiddenmuggle
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    hiddenmuggle - June 01, 2010 12:23 pm

    doctorcoordinator said: "Call 207-7078 for an appointment to see a doctor...medical records aren't required. Sliding scale and payment plans. $150 or $100 low income. $75 if you got your card thru MCN last year..."this is the montana caregivers network. the main source of all the strife over this. I am embarrassed to say I went through MCN for my card because I had no insurance to go to an actual doctor. It took me two months to get my paper work from them, but they cashed my check the day they got it! sad thing is, 2 months is a short waiting period for them. MCN needs to be removed, not MMJ. If you want your card, go to nearly any one other than MCN.

  10. ResidentCitizen
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    ResidentCitizen - June 01, 2010 11:42 am
    @ 4fishing As far as I know, which ain't far, sometime way back, the City of Helena passed a law that said the city would not break federal law, or would not pass laws contradicting federal law, something along those lines; I'm guessing because of its Capital status.
  11. Areyousayingthiswithastraightface
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    Areyousayingthiswithastraightface - June 01, 2010 7:41 am
    Well, at least we can fall back on the sound judgment of the doctors who approve the patient's request for a card. After all, I highly doubt there are any physicians out there who: 1. smoke pot themselves; 2. have an agenda regarding the legality of medical marijuana; 3. are too lazy to really dig deep and explore any alternatives a patient might find helpful; or 4. are known to pass out card request approvals like candy.
  12. 4fishing
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    4fishing - June 01, 2010 7:10 am
    now that you have told us how to get a card, now tell us the laws in the city of helena in regards to medical marijuana, use and growth, store front vs. home based and so on.
  13. doctorcoordinator
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    doctorcoordinator - June 01, 2010 2:20 am
    Call 207-7078 for an appointment to see a doctor...medical records aren't required. Sliding scale and payment plans. $150 or $100 low income. $75 if you got your card thru MCN last year...
  14. doctorcoordinator
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    doctorcoordinator - June 01, 2010 2:16 am
    I saw the doctor at my own clinic!!! Talk about easy...but of course i pay the doctors...alot.

    So now there are close to 20,000 patients in montana. Good! We are helping end suffering by using better medicine. As i type i live in constant pain.

    Clinics - June 12, 13, 14 / Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman
    http://www.mtmj.org
    406-207-7078

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