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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

How to Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card

At Verilife, we’re committed to helping you find the relief you seek every step of the way, and knowing what to expect on day one is part of having a positive experience. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers to help you understand what you need to qualify for a medical marijuana card, and what to expect at your first dispensary visit.

Do you qualify for a medical marijuana card?

Every state has different requirements to obtain a medical marijuana card. Here are some of the general questions you should ask to see if you qualify.

  • Are you at least 18 years of age (or are you a minor with an adult caregiver and a physician certification)?
  • Are you a legal resident of the state you reside with proof of residency?
  • Have you been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions?
  • Has a physician certify that you have a qualifying condition, and have you established a bona fide relationship with that physician?

Application Assistance

Verilife can help you navigate the medical marijuana application process. 


How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

Select a state below to learn more about how to get a medical marijuana card.

What to Expect On Your First Medical Visit to a Verilife Cannabis Dispensary

Be sure to bring your state-issued medical cannabis card and state-issued ID to purchase medical marijuana products.

Your Verilife representative will help guide you in completing your patient intake form and other information we need.

Medical Dispensaries
Regulations vary by state. Please check the location page details of the dispensary you are going to visit to see if there is a public waiting area. Only medical cannabis cardholders are allowed in the dispensing area. 

Anyone that is 21 or older and has a valid photo ID (state-issued driver’s license, passport, military ID, or state-issued ID card) can enter the dispensary.

Due to federal banking regulations, we do not accept credit cards. We accept cash, and you can use your debit card with a Cashless ATM system onsite. We also have traditional ATMs at each location. 

Taxes on medical and recreational purchases vary by state. Additional taxes may include municipal or county taxes.

If stored correctly, marijuana can retain its potency for months. Always be sure to follow the storage instructions provided on the product. However, edible products may be perishable depending upon the ingredients. Always be sure to follow the storage instructions provided on the product.

Even though medical and recreational marijuana is legal in certain states, cannabis is still an illegal controlled substance under federal law. You could be arrested and/or possibly face criminal charges if you cross state lines with marijuana products. 

It is never safe to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of marijuana. Nothing in state law prevents the arrest or prosecution of an individual for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. Anyone who refuses a properly requested test related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana can face criminal charges.

How much marijuana can I purchase at a dispensary?


Registered qualifying patients and their designated caregivers can obtain or possess 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis during any 14-calendar-day period.


Residents 21 years of age and older can possess:

  • 30g of marijuana flower
  • 5g of marijuana product in concentrated form
  • 500mg of THC contained in cannabis-infused product

Non-residents 21 years of age or older can possess:

  • 15g of marijuana flower
  • 2.5g of concentrates
  • 250mg of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product

NOTE: These totals are cumulative, meaning a person 21 years of age or older may possess a combination of marijuana flower, cannabis-infused products, and concentrates up to the limit for each category of product.

A qualifying patient has access to no more than four ounces (4oz), or 113.4 grams, at one time; and purchase no more than 1.27 ounces or 36 grams, of THC cannabis extract per month. MMCC regulations prohibit home cultivation for patients and caregivers.


Massachusetts law allows a qualifying patient to possess up to a 60-day supply for personal medical use. A 60-day supply is defined as up to 10 ounces.


Adults 21 years of age or older with a valid, government-issued ID are able to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis flower or 5 grams of concentrate per day (or equivalent).

Although initial opioid prescribing in New York State is limited to a 7-day supply, no such regulation exists as it pertains to medical cannabis. Patients can purchase up to a 30-day supply of medical cannabis. The practitioner may also impose limitations on specific dosing recommendations, and/or issue the certification for a specified date that is less than one-year if, in the practitioner's professional opinion, the patient would benefit from medical cannabis only until a specified earlier date. The registered practitioner should use professional judgment in determining the appropriate length of treatment. When dispensing to patients, registered organizations must abide by the recommendations or limitations provided by the certifying practitioner.

For plant material:

  • Up to 10 ounces (two hundred eighty-three and five-tenths grams) of Tier I medical marijuana
  • Up to six and six-tenths ounces (one hundred eighty-seven and one-tenths grams) of Tier-II medical marijuana
  • Up to thirty-three and three-tenths grams of THC content in patches for transdermal administration or lotions, creams, or ointments for topical administration
  • Up to eleven and seven-tenths grams of THC content in oil, tincture, capsule, or edible form for oral administration
  • Up to sixty-five and seven-tenths grams of THC content in medical marijuana oil for vaporization

All other patients and their caregivers may collectively purchase, within a 90-day period, no more than a 90-day supply. A 90-day supply is defined by form as follows:

  • Up to 8 ounces of tier I medical marijuana
  • Up to 5.3 ounces of tier II medical marijuana
  • Up to 26.55 of THC content for patches, lotions, creams, and other topical forms of medical marijuana
  • Up to 9.9 grams of THC content in oils, tinctures, capsules, and other edible forms for oral administration
  • Up to 53.1 grams of THC content in medical marijuana oil for vaporization

A patient and their designated caregiver may possess up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products.


This website contains medical cannabis information and is restricted to individuals 21 years of age or older. Please confirm your age and state:

  • IL
  • MD
  • MA
  • NY
  • OH
  • PA

Did you know that most medical marijuana information is state-specific? We have dispensaries in each of the above states, along with state-specific resources for patients. For the best experience, please select a state.