If you want to know how to get an OMMP card in Oregon you must consider several factors. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card is for patients with qualifying medical conditions.
You must have a qualifying debilitating medical condition such as chronic pain or PTSD, and a physician must sign a form called the Attending Physician’s Statement that indicates the condition for which you are using cannabis. Your physician must be a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) licensed to practice medicine in Oregon. You must have an established patient/physician relationship with your attending physician.
Now we will explain, step by step, the process getting your OMMP card.
First, go see a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) to document your condition. Naturopaths, chiropractors, and nurse practitioners cannot sign the Attending Physicial Statement, but they are important and can provide additional chart notes which demonstrate ongoing treatment of your condition.
For folks who have direct access to a doctor or a specialist, your personal physician can sign you Attending Physician Statement during your annual physical exam or during any other appointment. Some doctors don’t feel comfortable signing the Attending Physician Statement and will prefer that you see a doctor who specializes in medical cannabis. The doctor who has specialized knowledge of marijuana as a medicine will then be the one to sign your Attending Physician Statement for the OMMP. So while it may seem silly, you may have to see a second doctor who will sign your doctor note for the state.
Like many of us who do not have health insurance or a primary care physician, the only doctor available to us is at an urgent care center. This is a very viable option and often costs less than seeing a doctor that’s part of a large clinic. There are several Urgent Care centers in Bend, for example, and are generally less costly than a visit to Bend Memorial Clinic. An MD or a DO must document your condition, and not a Physician’s Assistant (PA). The health care provider can make you a copy of your “chart notes” which are your medical records that prove you have seen the physician.
Many physicians have not had continuing education coursework regarding the benefits of medical cannabis. Or, they may work for a large healthcare organization that has a policy which prohibits a doctor from signing the Attending Physician Statement (often relating to insurance or other contractual reasons).
Second, document your ongoing treatment for your condition.
In addition to your chart notes that document your diagnosis, it is also important that you be seeking ongoing treatment for your condition. Some physicians require such proof of ongoing treatment, which could be a visit to the chiropractor or acupuncturist, in order to sign your annual OMMP renewal documents.
It’s not uncommon for individuals to access “alternative” treatment modalities, such as chiropractic or acupuncture, with more frequency than their visits to a normal “regular” MD. Some people never see a regular doctor and only have chart notes from their alternative care providers. It’s best to include these chart notes as well when you visit the doctor who has knowledge about marijuana medicine. The doctor who knows a lot about marijuana may not be the doctor who diagnoses your condition. They are different doctors who perform different services.
To get a Caregiver card, simply have a patient designate you as a Caregiver on his or her OMMP application.
A copy of the Caregiver’s driver’s license or state issued ID is all that’s required with respect to documentation. The patient will also need to include the Caregiver’s mailing address. It costs nothing for a Patient to designate someone as his or her Caregiver. Caregivers are an important part of the OMMP program; they are important for patients. Caregivers often run life errands, buy and deliver groceries, and provide respite care for families.
A Caregiver can also pick up a Patient’s medical marijuana from a facility and deliver them to the Patient. Our facility delights in our frequent interactions with our Patients, but understand this is not always possible. We want our Caregivers to know they are supported and appreciated too — for the generous and humanizing service they provide to the community. We will often simply refer to our guests as clients, and they include both Patients and their Caregivers.
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) protects medical marijuana users who comply with its requirements from Oregon criminal prosecution for production, possession, or delivery of marijuana.
Complete information about the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) can be found on the state’s website.
This next link to the Oregon Health Authority’s provides more information about the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, the OMMP application, as well as the Attending Physician Statement.