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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in Kentucky is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps to obtain your medical cannabis card.
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    Book an Appointment With Leafwell

    Speak to a Leafwell healthcare provider to get approved for a Kentucky medical marijuana certificate online.

    The consultation costs $199, and you’ll get your money back if you’re not approved.

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    Print Your MMJ Certificate

    Once approved, you can download and print your written medical marijuana certification in compliance with Executive Order 2022-798.

    There is no state application or medical marijuana card at this time.

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    Keep Your Written Certificate With You

    You will need to carry your certification with you at all times when carrying any medical marijuana products.

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What You Need to Know

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    Eligibility / Patient

    Patients at least 18 years old diagnosed with a qualifying condition must receive a written certification from a licensed healthcare provider to get approved for medical marijuana in Kentucky.

    Because Kentucky does not have a medical marijuana program, patients will not receive a state-issued medical card, nor will they have to pay state registration fees or a Kentucky-specific cannabis sales tax.

    Patients must, however, always have a copy of their written certification when cannabis is in their possession.

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    Caregiver

    Caregivers must be over 21 and bear significant responsibility for the medical marijuana patient they’re caring for.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Yes. Minors can get certified for medical marijuana possession in Kentucky.

    Caregivers over 21 can purchase medical cannabis on behalf of the qualifying underage patient. The caregiver’s name must be included on the written certification as proof of the caregiver’s responsibility.

    Parents or legal guardians of underaged patients are not required to register as caregivers and don’t have to carry a certification.

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a Kentucky MMJ card:

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    Proof of Identity

    You will need a government-issued photo ID, such as a Kentucky driver’s license or state ID card. A birth certificate or passport is required for minor patients, along with the minor patient’s caregiver’s government-issued ID.

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Cost Information

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Next Steps After Approval

Congratulations on getting your medical marijuana certificate with Leafwell! An MMJ certificate is the only way to possess marijuana in Kentucky legally.

Please note: Executive Order 2022-798 states that patients must legally purchase cannabis through a licensed provider within the United States but outside of Kentucky.

Once certified, you must do your due diligence to determine where to purchase cannabis legally.

The safest way to purchase marijuana as a Kentucky resident would be to buy it in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana while strictly following each step of the Kentucky certification process.

How to Renew Your Card

Need to renew your Kentucky medical marijuana certificate? Here’s everything you need to know.

  1. Log into Leafwell or register as a renewal patient here if you’re new to Leafwell. Then,  speak with a Kentucky-licensed physician.
  2. Get approved and download your Leafwell certificate.
  3. Print out the certificate and carry it with you.

Remember: You must have your certification with you at all times when carrying any medical marijuana products. There is no state program or state card yet.

Legal Topics

Marijuana remains illegal in Kentucky as of 2023, but there are signs of progress.

In addition to Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order allowing for legal protections for medical marijuana patients with qualifying conditions, state lawmakers have been working to pass laws to establish Kentucky’s medical marijuana program.

In March 2023, Gov. Beshear signed a bill to define terms and establish a medicinal cannabis program in Kentucky starting in 2025.

In the meantime, patients who certify using the process outlined in Executive Order 2022-798 must carefully adhere to current regulations.

Below are a few need-to-know medical marijuana laws in Kentucky:

  • Although patients may be able to receive certification for medical cannabis use, marijuana itself remains illegal, both recreationally and medically.
  • Patients may not possess more than eight ounces of cannabis.
  • Patients or their designated caregiver must keep their certification form with them whenever cannabis is in their possession.
  • Patients must follow all guidelines from the executive order when purchasing cannabis to receive legal protection from possession charges.
Caregivers

Caregivers must be over 21 and bear significant responsibility for the medical marijuana patient they’re caring for.

The caregiver must provide their name, address, and phone number to Leafwell.

Prospective caregivers should also be aware that their names will be listed on the certificate, and they will be responsible for ensuring that the certification form is in their possession at all necessary times.

Reciprocity

Kentucky does not offer medical marijuana reciprocity to cardholders from states with medical marijuana programs.

The following states and territories recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

The following states have legalized recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older but do not accept out-of-state cards:

FAQs

How much does a Kentucky medical marijuana certificate and card cost?

The cost of an online consultation to obtain your Kentucky medical marijuana certificate is $199, and you’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation.

Please note: Currently, there is no state medical marijuana program or card. A Kentucky medical marijuana certificate only allows the legal possession of up to 8 oz. of marijuana purchased from out-of-state.

What medical conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in Kentucky?
What do I need to know about applying for my medical cannabis card in Kentucky online?

With Leafwell, applying for a Kentucky medical marijuana certificate online is simple. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a Kentucky-licensed provider online.
  2. Get approved, and your certificate will be available to download immediately.
  3. Download and print your certificate, which you will need to with you at all times.

Please note: Kentucky does not have a medical marijuana program or identification card system in place at this time. A Kentucky medical marijuana certification allows Kentucky residents to legally possess up to 8 ounces of cannabis purchased outside of the state.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana card in Kentucky?

Kentucky Executive Order 2022-798 does not refer to an age limit – it is standard for anyone under the age of 18 to require a caregiver, however.

Caregivers themselves must be 21 years or older and have a significant responsibility for managing the well-being of the individual.

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply on their own behalf.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Kentucky?

Yes, caregivers can be added to a patient’s Kentucky medical marijuana certificate under Executive Order 2022-798.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • Must be 21 and responsible for managing the patient’s well-being.
  • The caregiver’s name, address, and phone number must be listed on the patient’s certificate.
  • Caregivers must carry a copy of the written certification if in possession of medical cannabis.
How do I apply for the state cannabis program in Kentucky?

There is no medical marijuana program in Kentucky, so there is no need to apply. Instead, all you need is to carry your medical certificate with you and proof of purchase for any product on your person, in compliance with Executive Order 2022-798.