4 Reasons Why OMMA Might Reject Your Medical Card Application

Receiving a rejection email from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) is a disappointing experience for a would-be medical marijuana patient. Rejection happens sometimes if certain criteria are not met. But don’t worry: a rejection email is not necessarily the end of the road.

If your application for an Oklahoma medical marijuana card has been rejected by OMMA, it’s usually due to some issue with your initial application that is easy to fix. Once you’ve sorted out the issue, you can then resubmit your application and get your Oklahoma MMJ card within a few weeks.

Why Would OMMA Deny An Application?

The Oklahoma medical marijuana program is efficient, well-run, and above all, patient-friendly. Oklahomans believe in personal liberty, and this is reflected in the state’s liberal MMJ program.

OMMA prides itself on helping patients in Oklahoma with a wide array of debilitating medical conditions to enjoy a better quality of life. Oklahoma also allows patients from other states to avail themselves of its MMJ program.

OMMA does not deny many applications for a medical marijuana card. Usually, if an application is denied it will be due to errors made during the application process, and these errors can almost always be fixed quickly.

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OMMA Rules And Regulations

OMMA has certain rules and regulations that must be adhered to when applying for an MMJ card:

  • All applications must be submitted online at the OMMA website
  • An appropriate photo must be provided
  • Valid ID must be provided
  • A fee of $100 must be paid
  • The application must be signed by a registered physician

OMMA Application Status

If OMMA rejects your medical marijuana card application, you can resubmit your application for free. All you have to do is find the problem or reason you were rejected, correct it, and then resubmit. Once you make corrections and resubmit your application, it will be processed within 48 hours and you will receive a new email.

What To Do If OMMA Rejects Your Application

If OMMA rejects your application, you should do the following:

  • Sign in to your OMMA account
  • Click on the tab that says your application has been rejected
  • Make note of the reasons you have been rejected, which will be detailed on the page
  • Fix all the issues that have been flagged
  • Submit your amended application

Reasons For OMMA Rejection

Here are the four most common reasons why OMMA might reject your medical card application.

1. Your Photo Does Not Meet OMMA Requirements

The most common reason for OMMA to reject an application is an unsuitable photo. To have your application accepted, follow these photo guidelines:

  • Your photo should be against a white background
  • Your photo should include only your shoulders and head
  • No photos of photos
  • No edited photos
  • Don’t wear hats or jewelry
  • Don’t pull any strange faces!

2. Your Digital Signature Is Out Of Date

Sometimes, when you sign the application with a digital signature, it can go out of date. This is easily fixed – simply update your digital signature and re-sign.

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Image by Andrew Neel on Pexels: Why might OMMA reject your MMJ card application? There are a number of reasons, most of which should be easy to fix.

3. You Are Reapplying With An Out-Of-State License

If you applied for your first MMJ card with an out-of-state license, you will need to show an Oklahoma DL or state ID when reapplying. Getting an Oklahoma ID can take several weeks or months, so it is best to take care of this well in advance of applying for your MMJ card.

4. You Did Not Provide A New Picture When Renewing

When applying for a replacement MMJ card, you must provide a new photo. If your photo is more than six months old or is a photo of your previous photo, your application will be rejected.

How Long Does It Take For OMMA To Process An Application?

Once your application has been submitted to OMMA, it will be processed within 14 business days. If your application is successful, your card will be mailed to you.

How Do You Submit An Application For An Oklahoma MMJ Card?

The first step when applying for your Oklahoma MMJ card is to visit the MMJRecs online clinic. At MMJRecs, you will have a video consultation with an Oklahoma MMJ doctor. Once the doctor has verified your suitability for medical marijuana treatment, you will be sent a physician certification form online, which you can then submit to OMMA.

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What Is The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority?

In 2018, Oklahoma became the 30th US state to legalize medical marijuana. The passage of SQ 788 allows licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients who qualify. But the regulation of medical marijuana doesn’t happen all on its own. The state created an agency whose sole job is to help regulate medical marijuana in the state: the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.

Here’s all you need to know about the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, as well as the rules and regulations surrounding the use of medical marijuana in the state.

What Is The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority?

The OMMA administers the state’s medical marijuana program. It is accountable for all aspects of medical marijuana, including:

  • Regulation
  • Licensing
  • Administration

The OMMA makes sure that it runs all its programs by the state law regulations as a subsidiary of the Oklahoma Department of Health. Its objective is to make sure that the people of Oklahoma are able to safely and responsibly access medical marijuana.

Who Qualifies For Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma?

A medical marijuana card can be obtained through the OMMA for Oklahoma state residents over 18 with the signature of a licensed physician. Some minors are allowed to be issued medical marijuana cards in special circumstances and with the consent of two physicians and their parent or guardian.

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Image by Manish Panghal on Unsplash: Oklahoma medical marijuana card requirements aren’t too tough, so if you think you are eligible, then see your doctor.

How To Apply Through OMMA For An Oklahoma MMJ Card

Before you go through the process of applying for an MMJ card through OMMA, you first need to make sure you qualify. Aside from being over 18 and a resident of the state, some conditions that may qualify you include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Chronic pain
  • Neuropathic pain disorder
  • Severe nausea
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammation
  • Terminal illnesses
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle spasms
  • Crohn’s disease
  • HIV/AIDS

Talk to your doctor about your condition and how MMJ may be able to benefit you. They can complete an Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form available through OMMA for you. There is a $100 application fee, but if you can provide proof that you have Soonercare (Medicaid) or Medicare insurance, then you may be eligible for a reduced application fee of $20.

So how long does it take for OMMA to approve an application? The process is done online and you should find out if you qualify within 30 days. If approved, your MMJ card is mailed to you and then you can use it to legally purchase, grow, and use medical marijuana and medical marijuana products in Oklahoma.

How Long Are MMJ Cards In Oklahoma Valid?

MMJ cards in Oklahoma are good for a period of two years. You can renew your MMJ card within 30 days of its expiration. All you have to do is visit the OMMA website and choose the “returning applicants” button. This will allow you to log in and choose to renew your card.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Card Rules?

According to the OMMA, Oklahoma residents with an MMJ card can have:

  • Up to one ounce of cannabis concentrates such as THC waxes, extracts, and oils
  • Up to three ounces of cannabis in a public place
  • Up to eight ounces of cannabis in your home
  • Up to 72 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles

You can also grow your own medical marijuana at home, but you need an MMJ card from the state to do it legally. With a card, you can have as many as six immature and six mature plants. The property you grow it on must be your own or you must have permission from the owner of the property to grow on it. Your plants may also be grown somewhere that is not visible from the street.

Where To Purchase MMJ in Oklahoma

The program run by OMMA has licensed over 2,000 dispensaries across the state. You can find many places to legally buy MMJ thanks to this program!

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Where You Can Use Medical Marijuana

The OMMA wants to make medical marijuana safe and accessible for everyone in the state. There were many factors considered in the process of regulating the use of medical marijuana, including where you can use it. The public consumption laws in Oklahoma allow those with MMJ cards to use medical marijuana at home, but not in public. They also state that residents with an MMJ card can drive with MMJ in their car as long as it is out of the reach of the driver and not taken across state lines.

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