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How to Get a MMJ Card for Your Child

Everybody’s heard about adults getting a medical marijuana card for themselves. Seniors in particular have made a huge splash in the news, especially as they’re the fastest-growing demographic of new cannabis users. However, mention cannabis for kids, and people will think, “Are you crazy?” Yet, kids suffering from cancer, epilepsy and all sorts of other conditions are often given highly-addictive pharmaceuticals, so why should we refuse something that could not only cure them but is also far less dangerous as well?

Plus, anyone who’s seen stories like that of Jayden David’s (of Jayden’s Journey) will come to realize that, yes, there really is a serious medical potential here. Medical marijuana is not just a “stepping stone” to legalized recreational use, and the medical applications are very real. Yes, for some people, getting access to medical marijuana is literally life-and-death. Parents who are looking to get their child a medical marijuana can do so by the following …

Can a person who is under 18 qualify for a medical marijuana card?

Put simply, yes, if your child fulfils the qualifying criteria in the appropriate state. They will need to have a qualified Caregiver, who in most states must be aged 21 or over and have significant responsibilities in caring for their child. They will usually need to fulfil some Caregiver criteria.

As minors can be particularly sensitive to THC, sometimes the qualifying criteria is often stricter in many states, and in some require two physicians’ certificates/recommendations, and/or a paediatric specialist to qualify the patient. Some states will only allow cannabis qualification for children if they are suffering from a particularly severe condition. Epilepsy, cancer and terminal illnesses are some examples.

Can I get a medical marijuana card for my kids via telehealth using Leafwell?

Of course, and we have paediatric specialists as well.


What is a Caregiver?

A caregiver is someone who has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a person who has been diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition. You do not need to be related to a person in order to be their caregiver. An attending physician is not a caregiver.

How do I become a Caregiver?

This depends on the state. You will need to fill out a form, which will ask you questions about you and the person you are looking after, and in some cases any past medical training you may have had. You will then need to complete a Caregiver Core Certification Course, which includes around about 12 or more hours of basic training and the foundations for beginning work as a caregiver. You must also prove that you have been the main designated caregiver for the child throughout their lives. Again, this depends on the state, but there are some similarities across the states.

You will be given a unique Caregiver’s ID no. upon completion of the form and course, which you will need to put on the application for a medical marijuana card. Becoming a caregiver for conditions like dementia may require you to complete more training. Patients can have a maximum of one caregiver. Caregiver must be at least 18 years of age. Caregivers also have their criminal record history checked. In some instances, those who were arrested or have a criminal record due to non-violent cannabis offences may have their record expunged.

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Essentially, you will be applying on the behalf of someone else, and the process is much the same. You will need to fill out your child’s application form (oftentimes it will be a specific application form for minors), a careivers form and where appropriate an application form indicating if you wish to grow cannabis. You will need to provide identification and proof of residency for both yourself and your child. You may need two physicians’ certificates, or the opinion of a paediatric specialist.

Will my child’s primary care physician be informed of their medical cannabis qualification?

As it will be noted on your child’s medical records, your child’s primary care physician will be informed. It is also appropriate to tell your primary care physician if you intend to use medical cannabis for your child in order to prevent any contraindicated drug prescriptions or treatments. If you need a primary care physician for your child and you are in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma or Illinois, we here at Leafwell may be able to help!

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Finding the Right Doctor

Some doctors may be a little reluctant to recommend medical marijuana for a child. However, any parent coming to medical marijuana is usually at their wit’s end, looking for anything that could help or save their child, especially when so many prescription medications have nasty side-effects, and may not even work. Fortunately, Leafwell can see patients through telemedicine. This means we can recommend patients online through telehealth – meaning he can reach those who may be finding travel difficult. We are very sensitive and aware of the needs of parents providing MMJ for their children.

Applying for Your Child’s Medical Marijuana Card

For those completing a medical marijuana card application for someone else, it is much the same process as completing it for themselves – they just have to confirm that they’re applying for someone else and give their Caregiver ID number on the form. Getting a medical marijuana card for someone under the age of 18 shouldn’t be too much of a problem, as children suffering from conditions requiring medical marijuana tend to have vast, detailed medical records proving their illness and lists of medications given to them.

As the Primary Caregiver, you will be given your own Caregiver Card. In California, Caregivers can grow up to 12 mature plants, depending upon their proximity to a dispensary. Specific strains of cannabis not grown by the local dispensary can be grown by the Caregiver. Caregivers cannot use cannabis for themselves unless they are registered medical marijuana patients themselves.

Can caregivers grow cannabis?

Essentially, being a caregiver gives a person similar rights to patients withn regards to their ability to grow cannabis. In some states, they will be allowed to grow, or grow if a particularly helpful variety is not available at the dispensary. Caregivers also have limits on how many patients they can grow for.

In California, Caregivers can grow up to 12 mature plants, depending upon their proximity to a dispensary. Specific strains of cannabis not grown by the local dispensary can be grown by the Caregiver. Caregivers cannot use cannabis for themselves unless they are registered medical marijuana patients themselves.


Finding the Right Dispensary

This is perhaps the most difficult part of the journey. You can have a valid medical marijuana card for a child and everything, but some dispensaries may be reluctant to hand over medical marijuana to parents treating their kids. Perhaps understandably so, considering the legal implications. However, most well-run dispensaries will have no problems with providing appropriate products for a child who requires medical cannabis.

Finding the right dispensary may very well be a case of trial and error, but you can make things a little easier for yourself by doing plenty of research and asking others you might know for advice. If you are active on social media there are several parents groups based across the US who are providing their children MMJ. These support networks can be a great help.

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