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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in NC

Step1: Book 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.

Step 2: Consult with an 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.

Step 3: Get 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.

Until the program is live, you can join the Veriheal tribe above to gain access to our large network of offerings that are presently available to you.

The Status of Cannabis Legalization in NC

North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. In 2018, North Carolina was ranked number one on Forbes’ Best States for Business ranking for the second year in a row. Every year the Appalachian Mountains attract several million tourists to the Western part of the state, including the historic Biltmore Estate. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are the two most visited national park and unit in the United States with over 25 million visitors in 2013. North Carolina provides a large range of recreational activities, from swimming at the beach to skiing in the mountains. North Carolina offers fall colors, freshwater and saltwater fishing, hunting, birdwatching, agritourism, ATV trails, ballooning, rock climbing, biking, hiking, skiing, boating and sailing, camping, canoeing, caving (spelunking), gardens, and arboretums.

Cannabis in North Carolina, United States, is illegal for recreational and most medical use, with an extremely narrow exception in the case of the latter.
A medical marijuana bill was introduced in May of 2014, but was killed by the House Committee in March of 2015. Additionally, the House Committee issued an unfavorable report, which blocks the House from considering bills with medical marijuana components for the next two years. Non-psychoactive cannabis has essentially become legalized, but special seeds of very specific low THC strains (industrial hemp) and licensing must be purchased from the state.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been given regulatory oversight of the program and is responsible for enrolling registered patients and caregivers in the program. Additionally, the DHHS has set certain requirements for patients and caregivers to participate in the program.

Where can I purchase?

Caregivers are solely responsible for obtaining low-THC hemp extract on behalf of their patients. North Carolina does not currently have a state-regulated supply chain or any other state-sponsored method of obtaining CBD oil. Caregivers must purchase CBD in a state that offers reciprocity for its medical marijuana program. Consequently, North Carolina does not have a system in place that would allow caregivers to purchase low-THC hemp extract within the state.

HB 1220 only allows for patients to consume and possess the hemp extract. However, there is no possession limit. Legally, the hemp extract must be composed of less than nine-tenths of one percent (0.9%) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight, and at least five percent (5%) cannabidiol (CBD) by weight.

How to qualify and register as a patient?

The DHHS has created an online registry for doctors, caregivers, and patients of intractable epilepsy. Only patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy, and their caregivers, are eligible to participate in the program. Patients who are diagnosed must be under the care of a state-licensed neurologist associated with any state-accredited hospital. Additionally, patients who qualify to receive hemp extract must have responded to at least three (3) or more prior treatment options with little to no success. Once hemp extract has been recommended by a physician, patients are automatically added to the registry. Patients must appoint a caregiver to obtain the extract. No registry card is required for patients. There is no minimum age for patients who can participate in the program.

Application Process:

  • Submit a valid North Carolina ID card or driver’s license to show proof of age and residency
  • Obtain a written statement from a state-licensed neurologist.
  • Complete and submit a written caregiver’s application.

Under the law, patients must have intractable epilepsy and be under the care of a state-approved neurologist who has attempted at least three other treatments options with no benefit. The neurologist must be affiliated with an in-state licensed hospital to obtain the medicine as personal cultivation and a statewide regulated dispensary system is not allowed.

Becoming a Caregiver in NC

The caregiver must complete the Caregiver Registration Application and return to DHHS. The Caregiver Registration Application includes information identifying the caregiver, patient and recommending neurologist.

All registered patients must have a registered caregiver. Patients’ caregivers must be at least 18 years old and must be a permanent resident of North Carolina. Registered caregivers can only be a parent, legal guardian or custodian of a person with intractable epilepsy. Once all materials have been submitted, and the application has been processed, caregivers will receive a letter from the DHHS authorizing their approval. Caregivers must carry this letter with them when in possession of hemp extract within North Carolina.

Application Process:

  1. Submit a valid North Carolina ID card or driver’s license to show proof of age and residency
  2. Obtain a written statement from a state-licensed neurologist.
  3. Complete and submit a written caregiver’s application.

Possession Limits

HB 1220 only allows for patients to consume and possess the hemp extract. However, there is no possession limit. Legally, the hemp extract must be composed of less than nine-tenths of one percent (0.9%) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight, and at least five percent (5%) cannabidiol (CBD) by weight.

Places to Visit in NC After Enjoying Your Medicine

North Carolina’s coast boasts more than 300 miles of barrier island beaches, romantic lighthouses, idyllic small towns, and national seashores. Cities like Raleigh, Durham, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte are some of the best places to go in North Carolina for city explorers.

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, home of UNC-Chapel Hill, is a hip town that is rapidly becoming a top destination for American culinary delights. The town itself is full of sounds, sights, and tastes, and is home to musicians, authors, and artists. Franklin Street, named after Benjamin Franklin, is the focus of downtown life. Here, visitors will leisurely come upon coffee shops, restaurants, bookshops, museums, bars, and music stores. Chapel Hill was originally created to serve the University, for when the UNC Board of Trustees selected the area in 1793 around New Hope Chapel for its first State University, they gave a committee the goal of creating a town adjacent to the site.

Raleigh

Raleigh is a beautiful city, filled with unique attractions, green parks and a diverse choice of things to see and do. Spend a day at the North Carolina Museum of Art which houses over 40 galleries, an outdoor amphitheater, and a 164-acre park. Visit the largest natural history museum in the Southeast, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where you can learn through an amazing array of fun exhibits. Other must-see attractions include the North Carolina Museum of History, the Joel Lane Museum House and the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

Boone

Boone’s thriving community is surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named after Daniel Boone, the American pioneer, Boone is true to its roots of adventure. Seek out the past at Tweetsie Railroad, travel to Grandfather Mountain to cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge, or enjoy some 200 miles of unique mountain bike trails through Pisgah National Forest. Boone also offers more than adventures for the outdoor-minded. From theatre to shopping to sports at Appalachian State University, visitors will find unforgettable experiences no matter what their preference. Steeped in the Blue Ridge Mountains area, Boone is the ideal destination for weekend getaways and lengthier vacations.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The uniqueness of the Blue Ridge Parkway is evident, offering a slow-paced drive revealing gorgeous vistas and up-close views of the Appalachian Highlands. This special road is one of the top places to visit in NC and winds for 469 miles, protecting animals and plants, and special attractions. On the website, visitors can find basic information about weather, operating hours, road status, reservations, and permits. Learn about the nature you will encounter on the drive and plan to join rangers for tidbits about the history and nature along the Parkway. There are more than 300 miles of trails along the Parkway, plus popular destinations. There are also concerts and music to be enjoyed along the journey.

Data last updated 05/16/2019