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Obtaining Your California Medical Marijuana Recommendation Is Painless

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Nearly half of the states in our country have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, so there’s never been a better time to get your medical card. In the state of California, a board licensed physician can write a medical marijuana recommendation for many qualifying conditions:

AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, and any other serious chronic or persistent medical symptom. (Safe Access Now)

Full disclosure, I suffer chronic back pain from a severe high school football injury. Although doctors have prescribed opiate painkillers; I have never liked how they make me feel.

Finding a qualified doctor is easy. Head to the Weedmaps Doctor Listings to see what’s available in your area. Location and price were big factors for me, which is why I chose ReLeaf Wellness in Santa Ana, Ca.

When I walked into the cozy office, I saw a few other patients waiting to see the doctor. However, things moved very quickly, and nobody had to wait too long. When it was my turn to speak with the Doctor, he asked what symptoms had led me to medical marijuana and if I’d be using it as an alternative to any other kinds of drugs. After I had told him my story, we both signed the medical recommendation, and I was on my way. I couldn’t believe how stress-free and fast the process was.

California has no shortage of qualified medical doctors. If you don’t reside near Santa Ana, just enter your location on Weedmaps, and you’ll see a list of nearby options. For my visit, I was required to bring my government-issued ID card and fill out a couple of forms, nothing too invasive.

Patients who have a Doctor’s recommendation for marijuana in California are free to do many things once prescribed:

  • Use licensed dispensaries and delivery services anywhere in California, in addition to other states with reciprocity. From NORML:

    “Arizona and Montana have reciprocity in their medical marijuana laws. Maine allows out-of-state patients to exercise their rights for 30 days. Rhode Island respects out-of-state recommendations for any ‘debilitating medical condition.’ Michigan accepts medical cards from states that also have reciprocity (California’s does not). Vermont allows recommendations from neighboring states for Vermont residents only.”

  • Grow up to 12 immature plants or 6 mature plants
  • Possess up to 8 ounces of dried marijuana. Individual cities and counties can set higher limits, however, they cannot lower the state’s designated limit. For certain conditions, your doctor can recommend you for a higher amount than the limit allows at their discretion.
  • Attend events where marijuana will be distributed, like the Cannabis Cup or other festivals.

An important thing to remember is that your medical marijuana card doesn’t give you free reign to do whatever you want with your weed. According to the Federal Government, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, so your recommendation won’t matter at airports, border crossings, jails, and other federally governed buildings or land. Also, employers are not required to observe your recommendation, and the same goes for your health insurance provider, so don’t expect reimbursement for your dispensary purchases. Though you’ll be able to transport your marijuana legally around the state, it’s absolutely still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, so keep your designated driver on speed dial.

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