By Kevin L Fox Submitted On July 15, 2010
Reasons to get a Medical Marijuana card
The Many Uses of Marijuana: Do you suffer from a degenerative disease? Are you suffering from lack of sleep or chronic pain? Do you use marijuana illegally and want to stop risking your freedom and livelihood buying drugs from criminals? If you can answer YES to any of these, I can tell you that you are not alone.
The marijuana-for-health movement has been growing in numbers and it is spreading across the country. Every year, more and more states have politicians lobbying for cannabis reform and legislation that brings the healing benefits of marijuana to deserving patients. But who has the right to claim this prize? Can anybody really get a medical marijuana card, or is it only for the seriously sick and the terminally ill?
Getting Medical Marijuana Mistakes and Misconceptions
Those who are new to using marijuana or are not aware of cannabis used for legal and medical purposes are all over and everyday more of them are becoming educated about the amazing benefits of becoming a legal marijuana patient. The first step for anybody seeking information about how to get medical marijuana card is to take special note of the top mistakes made by aspiring patients:
1. Lack of understanding of Marijuana Laws and the states that they apply in
People need to remember that all forms of use, possession and sale of marijuana are still illegal in the United States under federal law. However, if people were to read the state laws and do proper research, they would know that state laws offer a safe legal haven for those who seek to use cannabis for its medical benefits and are therefore protected by the state if they follow ALL PROPER STEPS.
2. Aspiring patients do not know the system for getting a Medical Marijuana card
Marijuana itself is one of the largest agricultural industries in the world, and the branch of medicinal marijuana is gigantic in itself. This massive-scale business operates on a very fine line when trying to weigh the needs of the patients and the law makers. Those who do not understand the pressure and needs of this industry are going to be rejected due to the fact that doctors, growers, 420 small businesses, and politicians are all people pushing for a cause, and they are very protective of their image. It would look very bad if stereotypical marijuana users were bragging to reporters about their ability to cheat the system. Getting a medical marijuana card in your state protects you by state regulations making it a process which must follow the laws.
3. People have no clue where to begin
One of the most difficult parts about how to get a medical marijuana card in California, or anywhere else, is beginning the process in a correct and legal way. Using an internet search engine, one can see that an inquiry for medical marijuana brings nothing but a large number of advertisements for doctors and dispensaries selling their goods along with a political battleground over legalization.The medical pages give strict restrictions to their practice and only schedule appointments with those who have met qualification guidelines, while the dispensaries taunt you with their beautiful legal medication! So how do you get this ball rolling…
Becoming a patient
In order to get a medical marijuana card in California or anywhere else, you only must have an approved reason or condition, see a doctor that is authorized to recommend the use of cannabis, and then find someone that is legally authorized to “supply” you(it is illegal to profit from the sale of marijuana, so collectives and dispensaries only accept “donations” in exchange for their products). This sounds like a simple process, but it can only be done if you remember to not make the 3 most common mistakes!
Sounds easy right?
The problem is that people do not research the process well enough, and end up being dismissed when they go for their first meeting with a “pot doc”. Doctors have absolutely no problem with flat out rejecting patients who come in asking for medicinal marijuana and are unprepared. It is important that YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU GO TO THE DOCTOR!
I wish good luck to all aspiring medical marijuana patients out there and offer comfort that with proper knowledge, you will soon be able to use the medicine that you need if you properly educate yourself first.
Kevin Fox is a activist for the legalization of marijuana and seeks to help people use the medicinal herb according to the legal limits of the law.