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The Medical Marijuana Identification Card Process for Caregivers

The primary responsibility of a marijuana caregiver is to collect medical marijuana from any dispensary in proxy of the patient. A patient can choose up to two caregivers, while a minor patient must have a caregiver. In addition, a caregiver can take care of more than one patient, sometimes up to five.

Caregiver Requirements

  • A caregiver must be up to 21 years of age. If you are below the age of 21 but want to be a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient, you are to mail the Department of Health. In the mail, attach some information, such as your relationship with the patient and why you are qualified to be a caregiver.

  • You must be a resident of Mississippi.

  • You must have an active Mississippi driver’s license or a government-issued card having your current home address.

  • You must also undergo a criminal background check. This will confirm that your record is clean.

  • To become a medical marijuana caregiver for a patient, be sure that you have never been convicted of any criminal offense related to the possession, trafficking, or usage of drugs, narcotics, and other controlled substances in the last five years.

  • You need to register and collect an ID card that authorizes you to collect medical marijuana for your patient from any dispensary in Mississippi.

Become a Caregiver for an Existing Patient

If you have a registered medical marijuana patient that needs help, here is how to register as their caregiver:

  • Present the patient’s name as it is written in the Patient and Caregiver Registry.

  • Present the Patient’s ID number

  • Their date of birth

  • Then scroll to the Patient and Caregiver Registry.

    • Go to the “Caregiver” section and click “Adult Patient Caregiver Registration.” This category is for those whose patient is an adult with a Patient ID card to get medical marijuana in the dispensary.

    • Also, in the “caregiver” section, click “caregiver registering for an existing patient” if your patient has already registered and is a minor that needs extra support and attention indoors due to some disabilities. In this situation, your patient can not get a personal ID card or visit the dispensary alone.

  • Provide all the necessary information and click “submit” to complete your online profile. Note that you are to use two emails for your and your patient’s profile. You can not share one email address with your patient.

  • You will get an email concerning instructions on verifying your background check.

  • The approval process for your application is up to four to six weeks.

  • You will receive an approval mail from the Department of Health six weeks later. Once you get the mail, scroll back to the “Patient and caregiver registry” page to complete the fee payment to get your medical marijuana card.

Become a Caregiver for a New Patient

If you have/know a medical marijuana patient that is not yet registered in the medical marijuana program, it means they won’t be able to visit the dispensary alone. In cases like this, your patient is a minor, disabled, or needs extra home support and attention. This patient is not qualified to get a medical marijuana ID card or visit the dispensary alone.

To register to be their caregiver;

  1. Visit the “Patient and Caregiver Registry” in the “caregiver column.” Then click “caregiver registering for a new patient.”

  2. Provide all the required information and click “Submit” to complete your online profile registration.

  3. You will get a mail containing special instructions on verifying your background check.

  4. Usually, the approval process of your application will take up to six weeks.

  5. You will get an acceptance mail after six weeks from the Department of Health; when you do, visit the Patient and Caregiver Registry to fulfill your financial duty. Once you pay the fee, you can get a medical marijuana caregiver card.

In most cases, a minor patient always designates their parent as the caregiver. However, if you have a minor patient and you are not their parent, legal guardian, or spouse, you need to be selected as a third-party caregiver by the patient, their spouse, or legal guardian.

Also, you must fill in the “authorization to designate a third-party caregiver form.” You can download this form from the caregiver’s profile in the “Patient and Caregiver registry.” Once you are done, attach the form to your caregiver profile.

Why You Should Have a Medical Marijuana Card as a Caregiver

Several benefits come with having a medical marijuana card in Mississippi as a caregiver. The most important benefit is that it gives you the legal right to purchase, possess, and administer medical marijuana to your patient and loved ones.

Having a medical marijuana card ensures you are not at risk of being arrested or convicted for any drug-related offense whenever you want to purchase or prescribe medical marijuana for your patient. Also, medical marijuana card gives you access to get medical marijuana from any dispensary in the state without being questioned.

It also gives you access to different strains of medical marijuana available on the black market.

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today!

Mississippi continues to expand its medical marijuana program and make residents’ lives easier by passing new progressive legislation. Adding new qualifying conditions means that many more people will now be eligible for their medical cards.

You need your medical card to access any of Mississippi’s medical dispensaries. Not to worry, because it is now easier than ever to get your card with Mississippi Marijuana Card!

In Mississippi, many conditions may make you eligible for medical marijuana, and we hope the program continues to expand by adding more conditions soon! If you are unsure about your eligibility, we can help with that too.

If you don’t already have your card, we can help! You can book an appointment and meet with a professional that same day.

Schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today to see if you qualify.


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Here at Mississippi Marijuana Card, we aim to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (833) 781-6635 or book an appointment.

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