Not everyone can make it out easily to a medical marijuana clinic to have cannabis recommended to them by a doctor. Medical marijuana candidates and patients are often suffering from debilitating and chronic illnesses that supersede their ability to simply walk out of the house or drive their cars to the local medical marijuana clinic. For instance, many patients with epilepsy are not allowed to have driver’s licenses, which severely limits their ability to travel long distances. Sometimes there may be other issues at play, like limited time, lack of transportation, or simply a desire for privacy. It’s nobody’s business which medicinal products you prefer, and you shouldn’t have to schlep out in the heat of the summer or the dead of the winter just to get medicinal cannabis that will help you feel better and ease your symptoms. Luckily, an incredible new option exists — doing your 420 evaluation online.
What is NuggMD?
NuggMD is part of a company based out of California called Nugg that currently only services California clients, but hopes to expand to states like Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington soon. The service NuggMD provides — online medical marijuana evaluations — is legal under California’s telehealth and medical cannabis laws, and consists of a quick video conference with a California-licensed physician to get your doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana. The evaluation usually lasts just 10-15 minutes, making it the quickest and most convenient option for becoming a legal medical marijuana patient in California. The digital recommendation you receive can be used to order medical marijuana immediately from from nearby marijuana dispensaries found on the Nugg marketplace platform, or can be printed out so that you may walk into a storefront dispensary near you. Following the online consultation (as opposed to visiting a medical marijuana clinic), a physical copy of your recommendation is mailed out and will arrive at your home in a few business days. The recommendation is valid at any California dispensary or collective, as well as at dispensaries in other states with California reciprocity laws. Keep it mind that you’ll have to get a medical marijuana card renewal annually, as recommendations are only valid for one year. For those worried about privacy, it’s worth noting that NuggMD fully abides by U.S. medical privacy laws like HIPAA, and guarantees that your information will remain completely private and confidential, and will never be found on any public record or database. The entire process is quick and easy, can be done from any internet-connected device, and all you need is any U.S.-issued identification, like your state ID card or driver’s license. Their medical marijuana doctors are available online seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and no appointments are needed!
How Much Does It Cost to Get my Medical Marijuana Card Online?
It will cost you $39 to get your medical marijuana recommendation online through NuggMD, but you will also receive a one-time $20 credit toward your first purchase if you decide to order online through Nugg’s medical cannabis delivery marketplace. Pretty good deal, huh? And all without getting off your couch. You also have the option of adding a physical, wallet-sized medical marijuana ID card to your order, which is a much cheaper option than going through the state’s medical marijuana ID card program (which comes with hefty fees), and still offers you the same legal protections and full access to the California cannabis industry. NuggMD is sure to provide you with the most convenient and quick way of obtaining medical marijuana, all without ever paying a visit to a medical marijuana clinic.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana has been approved in California since 1996, when Proposition 215 passed. Medical marijuana is now legal in over 26 states, and many more are following the trend. Medical marijuana can be used to treat epilepsy, anxiety, arthritis, cancer, chemotherapy nausea and pain, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, migraines, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chronic or persistent medical symptoms that limit your ability to conduct one or more major life activities as defined by the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Also, if a condition may cause serious harm to the patient’s mental or physical health, medical marijuana may be prescribed. Outside of California, many states have their own list of conditions that can be treated, so consult your state’s government website for more information.
Do I Still Need a Medical Marijuana Card in California if It’s Legal?
California passed Proposition 64 in November of 2016, so some are questioning whether a medical marijuana card is still needed. The answer is a resounding yes, and numerous other media sites and brands have already reported on how to get a medical marijuana card in 2017 now that Prop 64 has passed.. There are a few different reasons for this – the first being that California legislators and the legal medical marijuana industry are working now to integrate the two systems – but it’s likely that you won’t be able to go into an actual dispensary and buy legal recreational marijuana until sometime in 2018, or even 2019. That’s because it takes a lot of doing to convert to a recreational system with different rules and still keep the medical marijuana industry running. Second, medical marijuana cards entitle you to purchase larger amounts of medical marijuana, and sometimes higher potency marijuana products. So hold onto that medical marijuana card, or go ahead and spend the minor amount of cash it takes to get one through NuggMD – that way you can purchase medical marijuana, consume it, order it delivered, and grow your own when you need to. Happy medicating!
This post was originally published on January 20, 2017, it was updated on March 15, 2017.