Meet With a Medical Marijuana Doctor in North Carolina

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It looks like we are not currently helping patients in North Carolina to get their medical marijuana cards. However, you can take advantage of our Personalized Consults as a North Carolina resident to better understand how cannabis and cbd may be helpful to you.

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in NC

1BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

When we’re booking appointments in North Carolina, you will schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in NC through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. You will need medical records and the doctor(s) can approve any qualifying condition.

2CONSULT WITH A MMJ DOCTOR

Consult with a doctor for 15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you. Once you have this you can then use that to apply to the state.

3GET APPROVED

Once you are approved, you’ll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

In North Carolina, patients will need to re-certify their license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

The Status of Cannabis Legalization in NC

The Fayetteville Observer reported in September 2020 that the Old North State’s views on medical cannabis are just that–old. While up to 33 states out of 52 in the U.S. legalize medical cannabis, the southeastern government refuses to budge, even barring a ballot question for citizens to answer regarding the matter. Meanwhile, up to 80% of North Carolina residents agree medical cannabis would benefit the state budget. 

“In the month of April alone, North Carolina collected $1.2 billion less in taxes than it had predicted,” reports the local Fayetteville news source. At this point, the state is already reducing its revenue projections for next fiscal year by $2.5 billion.”

The only relief North Carolina officials have given to citizens regarding medical cannabis is passing the Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act, which permits adolescence only to seek hemp extract as an alternative treatment for the intractable seizure disorder.  

The state makes it rigorously clear about who’s eligible for the statewide program. The North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services reports “a person who has been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy for which other treatment options have not been effective,” that can be certified by a North Carolina neurologist. There is no age limit for patients.

As far as a caregiver is concerned, North Carolina deems any patient assistant to be at least 18-years-old and a resident of the state, proving so with a current state license or identification card.  According to the state department, the caregiver and patient are permitted to possess hemp extract of less than nine-tenths, 0.9%, THC by weight, and at least five percent CBD by weight,” with absolutely no additional psychoactive agents. 

While the future of medical cannabis in North Carolina hangs in the balance, one can be grateful that the state has acknowledged the medical benefits of the flower that has proved to help heal severe seizure disorders, especially in children–the ones who need the most help.

Veriheal will continue to update readers on where North Carolina stands regarding medical cannabis and be ready to help them register with statewide physicians when the Old North State decides to accept new and progressive healing methods.

Qualifying Conditions

The limited CBD-only use for intractable seizure disorders including epilepsy is the only way a patient can legally consume or possess any form approved by a certified neurologist and physician. 

How to qualify and register as a patient?

The DHHS has developed an internet registry. Only individuals diagnosed with intractable epilepsy are eligible to participate in the program and their caregivers. Diagnosed patients must be cared for by a state-licensed neurologist connected with any state-accredited hospital. In addition, patients qualifying for hemp extract must have reacted with little or no success to at least three (3) or more previous therapy alternatives. Once a doctor recommends hemp extract, patients will be added to the registry automatically. To acquire the extract, patients must designate a caregiver. No patient registration card is needed. For patients who can engage in the program, there is no minimum age.

Becoming a Caregiver in NC Under HB 1220

The caregiver is required to finish the application for Caregiver Registration and return to DHHS. The Application for Caregiver Registration involves data identifying the caregiver, the patient, and the neurologist recommendation.

A licensed caregiver must be available to all licensed patients. The caregivers of patients must be at least 18 years of age and be a permanent North Carolina resident. Registered caregivers can only be a parent, legal guardian, or guardian of an intractable individual with epilepsy. Upon submission of all materials and processing of the application, caregivers will obtain a letter from the DHHS authorizing their permission. When in possession of hemp extract in North Carolina, caregivers must bring this letter with them.

Possession Limits

HB 1220 only allows patients to possess and ingest hemp extract.  Legally, the hemp sample must be made up by the weight of less than nine-tenths of one percent (0.9%) of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and at least five percent (5%) of cannabidiol (CBD).

Places to Visit in NC After Enjoying Your Medicine

Beginning with “America’s favorite drive” along Blue Ridge Parkway and ending at Cape Hatteras National Seashore may be the two best reasons to visit North Carolina, the Old North State that touts good times for young and old alike. Linville Gorge and Falls is another example of how Mother Nature favors the southeastern region of the U.S. The North Carolina Museum of Sciences, state aquarium, and zoo where visitors and locals enjoy ever-changing exhibits and presentations. But most of all, North Carolina is home to the Outer Banks, which reportedly will vanish in time. The 200-mile barrier island, filled with history and culture, is where many in North Carolinians spend time for beauty and relaxation. When North Carolina does get a medical program up and running, it will offer locals a chance to explore parts of their state they’ve never seen on the way to the dispensary.

The Biltmore Estate

Notably, the largest U.S. home in America, the Vanderbilt Mansion, a must-see when in Asheville, is reason enough to visit North Carolina. After laying the Biltmore Estate foundation in 1889, it would take up to six years to construct the mansion’s 250 rooms. Indeed the 19th and 20th-century tycoon chose the spot among the Blue Ridge Mountains for its obvious beauty. Blue Ridge Parkway, considered the U.S.’s most excellent drive of more than 400 miles, is nearby, making a trip to the most prominent house in the country even more worth it.

Cape Hatteras

Sea turtles on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the summer are common in the famous North Carolina coastal city. While some come for the turtles, others venture to the area to fish at the Avon Pier or camp near Frisco Beach. Of course, off-road vehicles are welcome on the beach sands, adding a little adventure to a relaxing day at the ocean. There are thousands of sea gems waiting to be collected at Shelley Island when not horseback riding along the shore. And for those who only want a certain amount of sun, the North Carolina Ferry makes it possible to enjoy the beach from the water when the sands get too hot.

Chimney Rock State Park

Hickory Nut Falls Trail and Rocky Broad Riverwalk are reason enough to frequent the state park more than once. Another reason visitors come from far and wide is to explore the gemstone mine in the, not to mention the Chimney Rock Country Fair. Enjoying the park from the water is possible with Lake Lure tours. Of course, once there the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge must be experienced. No matter what time of year, Chimney Rock State Park welcomes visitors and locals alike to enjoy the North Carolina neck of the woods.

Data Last Updated 10/17/2020

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