A caregiver is a person registered by the Department of Health Services (DHS) who is at least twenty-one (21) years old and who has agreed to assist with a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana. An individual designated as caregiver does not have to be a home health aide or other professional caregiver.
A qualifying patient does not need to designate a caregiver, but it is the option of the patient to have a person help him with the medical use of marijuana. An individual who meets the requirements may be designated as caregiver for no more than five (5) qualifying patients. An individual cannot apply as caregiver himself as the law prescribes that only the qualifying patient can submit an application for his designated caregiver. If a caregiver serves more than one qualifying patient, each patient shall apply for the caregiver. The caregiver shall be issued separate cards for each of the qualifying patients.
- At least 21 years old
- Registered with the Department of Health Services
- Has not been convicted of an excluded felony offense
Becoming a Caregiver
Step 1: A caregiver may be both a qualifying patient and a designated caregiver to another patient.
Step 2: The patient needs to designate the caregiver who will assist him in the medical use of marijuana and send a letter/application to the Department of Health Services for the issuance of registry identification cards.
Step 3: If the designated caregiver is to cultivate marijuana on the qualifying patient’s behalf, it must be stated on the registry application.
Step 4: A designated caregiver may be authorized to cultivate only if the qualifying patient’s home is more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary.
Step 5: A designated caregiver may care for not more than five (5) qualifying patients that must each apply separately for designated caregivers. Caregivers will obtain separate cards for each patient assisted for the medical use of marijuana.