The Act defines a “caregiver” as an individual 21 years of age or older, unless otherwise authorized by the department, who is:

  • Designated by a patient;
  • A parent, legal guardian or spouse of a patient that is under the age of 18; and/or
  • Designated to be a caregiver by a parent, legal guardian or spouse of an individual approved by the department if no parent or legal guardian is appropriate or available.

Caregivers must register with the department and complete a criminal history background check in order to receive a medical marijuana ID card.