Millions of Americans believe in the benefits of medical marijuana. Thirty-six states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all have state-regulated medical marijuana programs.
It's been legal in Oklahoma since June 2018. Since then, more than 386,000 state residents have obtained Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) cards.
Would you like to be one of them?
Here's what you need to know about Oklahoma's medical marijuana program and how to get your OMMA card.
Medical marijuana is cannabis or cannabinoids (the marijuana plant or chemicals in it) prescribed by doctors to treat various diseases or medical conditions. Patients of all ages use it.
Although not yet recognized by the FDA, medical cannabis is being prescribed for many conditions, and the list is getting longer as more research is done. Some common conditions include:
There is no list of qualifying medical conditions for an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Card (OMMA card). But patients must have the approval of a licensed physician to get one.
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Card is available to both adults and children living in Oklahoma and suffering from various conditions. However, you must be at least 18 years old to apply for your OMMA card.
There are two types of physician-recommended OMMA cards issued. A standard OMMA card lasts two years. A short-term license (60-day) is also available when your doctor recommends short-term use of medical cannabis.
Patients can also request a caregiver OMMA card. If the patient is homebound or otherwise can't self-administer or purchase medical marijuana due to disability or impairment, your doctor can order a caregiver's license.
An approved caregiver can grow and purchase marijuana products on the patient's behalf. The caregiver's license is tied to the patient, so it expires when the patient's OMMA card expires.
Residents of other states can't get an OMMA card. But those who hold a valid medical marijuana card from their state can buy and use medical cannabis in Oklahoma.
Although Oklahoma's laws regulating the use of medical marijuana may seem lax compared to some other states, you must follow a precise process to obtain an OMMA card. Here are the steps:
Even though Oklahoma doesn't limit medical cannabis use to a specific list of ailments, obtaining an OMMA car still requires a doctor's approval. You can ask your regular physician to recommend medical marijuana use or see a doctor specializing in medical cannabis evaluations.
To begin the process, you'll need to create an account on the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority website. Each individual requesting an OMMA card must have their own account. And you'll also need to provide an email address of your own.
Applications for the medical card in Oklahoma must be filed online. There are separate applications for adult patients, minor patients, and caregivers. Your recommending physician must also fill out and sign a special form.
In addition to your doctor's recommendation, there are some other documents you'll need to apply for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Card.
Proof of eligibility:
Proof of eligibility requires three things: proof of identity, proof of residency, and physician authorization. Miss just one of these, and your OMMA application may be rejected.
For proof of identity, you may use a valid Oklahoma driver's license or state ID, your voter registration card, or Tribal ID accepted by the Department of Public Safety.
To prove Oklahoma residency, your valid Oklahoma driver's license or ID will work as long as it has your home address on it. You may also use an Oklahoma residential property deed or rental agreement or last month's utility bill (no cellphone or internet bills).
Full-face digital photograph:
The picture you submit will appear on your OMMA card. It must be an original digital, color photo.
Take a front-facing digital photo of yourself in front of a plain white or off-white background. The top of your head and the top of your shoulders need to be visible—no glasses or hats. Fuzzy pictures will be rejected, so make sure it's clear.
You must pay the $100 standard OMMA application fee and a $4.50 processing fee before the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority begins processing your application. If you can show proof of enrollment in Medicaid (SoonerCare), Medicare, or disabled veterans status (100% disability), the application fee is only $20 plus processing. There is no application fee for a Caregiver's OMMA card.
You will pay all required fees online when you submit your application. A credit or debit card is required. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority accepts Visa, Mastercard, or Discover, and prepaid cards are okay.
You should receive an application verification email from OMMA within two business days of submitting your OMMA application. If you don't receive the verification email, contact the OMMA call center.
You may receive an additional email from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority if anything's missing from your application. The sooner you submit the missing information, the sooner the state will resume processing your OMMA application.
It will take 2-4 weeks to receive an approval (or denial) letter. Once approved, your OMMA card will arrive in the mail a week or so later in a plain white envelope.
If you're an Oklahoma resident with a chronic health condition, medical marijuana may provide the relief you need. But you'll need an OMMA card for treatment.
If you need help with your OMMA application or locating a physician to approve medical marijuana for you, Med Pharm OK is here for you. Our team can guide you through the OMMA card application and physician approval processes.
We can also help you find an effective treatment for your condition. Ask for a consult with our Board-Certified Registered Nurse and holistic healer. To learn more, contact us today!