Cannabis caregivers assist patients in purchasing and using medical cannabis products. They can accompany patients inside the dispensary or make purchases without their patient being present. Designated caregivers are issued a registry ID card that allows them to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis for their patient.
There are a number of reasons as to why a patient needs a caregiver. Some patients are physically incapable of administering cannabis on their own. This might be due to disability or some aspect of their illness. Travel might be difficult or even impossible for some patients, which is where a caregiver can step in and assist with purchasing cannabis products. Every patient has a different reason for needing a caregiver, but not every patient needs one.
It is not legal for designated caregivers to consume any of the cannabis that is intended for the patient for whom they are assisting.