How to Get a North Carolina Medical Marijuana Card

In 2015 North Carolina passed House Bill 766 containing the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act . It allows the use and possession of Hemp Extract as a treatment for intractable epilepsy. “Hemp Extract” is similar to “Low-THC CBD oil” and is defined as an extract, mixture or preparation containing no more than 0.9% THC and no less than 5% CBD by weight.

Who is eligible?

Patients hoping to receive medical marijuana in North Carolina have to be residents of the state and 18 years of age or older, or have a parent, legal guardian or custodian who can register as a caregiver with the Department of Health and Human and Services. Only patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy are eligible for treatment. The diagnosis must be provided by a licensed neurologist who is board certified and affiliated with at least one state-licensed hospital neurology department.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee.

How do I apply?

Complete these steps to participate in the Hemp Extract program:

  1. Visit with your qualified neurologist and have them provide you with a written statement showing that the patient has been examined and is under their care, that the patient suffers from intractable epilepsy, and that the patient would benefit from a hemp extract treatment. The statement must be dated and signed by the neurologist.
  2. The patient, neurologist and caregiver (if applicable) must register with the Department of Health and Human Services so they may be placed in the Intractable Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Database.
  3. The patient or caregiver must carry two documents whenever they are in possession of hemp extract: the neurologist’s written statement and a certificate of analysis
    showing the hemp extract’s ingredients and content levels of THC and CBD


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