Are you in a situation where you have misplaced your medical cannabis card? Fret not, as it may not be an enjoyable experience, but it certainly isn’t the end of the world! Fortunately, most medical marijuana programs have provisions for obtaining a replacement card if yours has been lost or stolen. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the process varies from state to state. In the following sections, we will outline the necessary steps to take when you find yourself in a situation where you have lost your medical cannabis card in each state.
It is worth noting that the information provided below only pertains to the states where patients are issued physical copies of their cards. In states where certificates are digital, the cards themselves cannot be lost. In such cases, you simply need to ensure that you have your cell phone with you when you visit a dispensary to purchase your medical cannabis products.
Follow the Replacement Procedures
Each state has its own procedures for replacing lost or stolen medical marijuana cards. When you contact your state’s medical marijuana program, they will provide you with specific instructions to follow. However, here are some general steps that you may need to take:
a. Fill out a Replacement Card Application: You will likely be required to complete a replacement card application form. This form may ask for personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and patient identification number.
b. Provide Proof of Identity: Be prepared to provide proof of your identity, such as a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued identification card. This helps to ensure that the replacement card is issued to the correct person.
c. Pay Replacement Fees (If Applicable): Some states may charge a fee for replacing a lost or stolen medical marijuana card. Check with your state’s program to determine if there are any fees involved and the payment method accepted.
d. Follow Any Additional Requirements: Depending on your state’s regulations, there may be additional requirements, such as submitting a police report if your card was stolen. Make sure to comply with any such requirements to facilitate the replacement process.
In California, possessing a card is not technically necessary as your KIF certificate in PDF format is sufficient. However, if you happen to misplace your KIF certificate or card, simply reach out to us, and we can provide a replacement.
If you apply online in Colorado, your card will be emailed to you, allowing you to print it out. Therefore, if you lose your printed card, you can easily generate a new one. We recommend saving the original email in your inbox, but even if you don’t, you should be able to retrieve it from your deleted mail.
To obtain a new medical marijuana card in Connecticut, there is a $35 charge. Fill out the form to initiate the process.
For Delaware residents, the state imposes a $20 fee for a replacement medical marijuana card. To request a replacement, simply send a mail along with the $20 fee to the following address:
Delaware Division of Public Health
Medical Marijuana Program
417 Federal St., Suite 140
Dover, DE 19901
In Florida, a replacement medical marijuana card costs $15. Complete the form and include a copy of your Florida Driver’s License or ID card.
Georgia charges $25 for a replacement medical marijuana card. Contact the state via email ([email protected]) or phone (770-909-2765) to request a replacement. The state will verify the information with your doctor, and you can pick up the new card within 15 business days.
Illinois no longer issues plastic cards. Instead, you can download and print out your digital card.
Louisiana does not provide medical marijuana cards. However, you can request a printout of your faxed certificate from your dispensary.
For a fee of $20 you replace a medical cannabis certificate in Maine. Please contact us for assistance.
In Maryland, a replacement medical marijuana card costs $100. You need to log into your account to report the card as lost or stolen and make the payment for the replacement.
A replacement medical marijuana card in Massachusetts incurs a $10 charge. To request a replacement, contact the state at 833-869-6820.
In Michigan, you can request a replacement card online through your account or submit a form by mail. There is no fee for this replacement.
The state of Montana charges $10 for a replacement medical marijuana card. Fill out the ‘Report Lost Patient Card’ application within Complia.
For a replacement medical marijuana card in New Hampshire, there is a $25 fee. Fill out the form to proceed.
In New York, you can request a replacement card through your My.Ny account. Follow these steps:
1. Login to https://my.ny.gov using your existing username and password.
2. Click the “Health Applications” icon.
3. Select “Medical Marijuana Data Management System.”
4. Choose the “Update Information/Request New Card” icon.
5. Click the green “Request New Card” button.
6. Select the appropriate reason for requesting a new card.
The Department will review your request, and upon approval, a temporary registry identification card will be available for purchase of medical marijuana while the physical card is mailed to you or your caregiver.
Oklahoma patients and caregivers can request a replacement through the Thentia portal. Log into the new portal and use the navigation menu under “Licensing” to select “Request a Replacement Card.” If you haven’t received an email with your new login details, contact [email protected].
The state of Pennsylvania charges $25 for a replacement medical marijuana card. If you lose your card multiple times, the fee for the second, third, or subsequent replacements is $50. To request a replacement, go to the “profile settings” tab in your account on the Pennsylvania website.
In Rhode Island, a replacement medical marijuana card incurs a $10 charge.
For a replacement medical marijuana card in Washington DC, the state charges $90.
Now that you are aware of the procedures in these states for replacing a lost card, remember to keep your medical cannabis card secure. If you don’t have a medical cannabis card yet, consult with a physician today to get approved for medical cannabis and ensure the safety of your card.
In some cases, while waiting for your replacement card, you may be able to obtain temporary authorization to use medical marijuana. This is typically done through your state’s medical marijuana program. Temporary authorization can provide you with legal protection in case you need to purchase or possess cannabis during the card replacement process.
Losing your medical marijuana card can be an inconvenience, but by following the proper steps, you can obtain a replacement and regain access to your medication. Remember to stay calm, contact your state’s medical marijuana program, and follow their instructions for the replacement process. Taking preventive measures in the future will help ensure that you have easy access to your card when you need it.