What is a Medical Marijuana Card [2017]

November 3, 2016

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Medical Marijuana Card

A medical marijuana card (MMJ Card) is issued by the state to a patient on a doctor’s recommendation. This card entitles the bearer to possess, grow, and obtain medical cannabis for medical and health purposes. Marijuana does not pass all the regulatory, safety and efficacy tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration. Hence it is not legal to possess or cultivate this drug in the U.S. However, the MMJ card is issued by the state in exceptional situations where the doctors deem fit to treat the patients with this drug.

The sale and possession of Medical cannabis are still prohibited (ignored) at the federal level. Medical marijuana is being sold in the 28 states and the region of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia for almost 22 years. The laws and regulations require patients to obtain a medical card in order to possess the controversial drug. Each and every state has devised a different framework of laws regarding cultivation, possession, and purchase of cannabis. There are also rules stating the legal amount of medical Marijuana a patient is allowed to carry.

Some states permit only the possession of cannabis oil which has restrictions on its THC content. California was the first state to pass laws for medical cannabis. In 2000, Hawaii became the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana by the state laws. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 still prohibits the use of Cannabis at the federal level. It has gained public interest in the recent years for usage as a medicinal drug after testimonials reveal that it could be particularly useful for patients suffering from;

  • Cancer and HIV aids
  • ADHD
  • Anorexia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

A medical marijuana card is obtained in consultation with the health professional who states that the patient is eligible to obtain the MMJ card and consume medical marijuana. The MMJ card is issued for a period of twelve months after which it has to be renewed. Different states pose different criteria for possessing a MMJ card. Some states have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Uses of Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis is prescribed to patients by doctors for certain ailments. Due to government regulations and limitations on the testing of cannabis, there is limited evidence that cannabis is useful as a medicine. With limited evidence, however, the drug has been found useful in cases of Nausea and vomiting following chemo sessions, HIV/AIDS, muscle spasm and pain, neurological problems, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Other health conditions where medical cannabis is helpful are arthritis, glaucoma, anorexia, and migraine.

Purchasing cannabis from medical dispensaries

Cannabis in the form of medication is available as edibles, lotions, oils, teas in health centers where purchase and consumption are legal. Offices that provide the MMJ cards usually provide the list of dispensaries with location. These dispensaries are also found online where you can read the customer reviews and place orders. Discounts and attractive deals are also available. Medical marijuana is known to treat 250 medical conditions and research is still on. The stigma associated with this drug is finally receding and people are more receptive to accepting cannabis as a treatment drug.

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I'm a passionate writer and copy editor living in Las Vegas, NV. My love for cannabis developed a bit later than most but it's never too late to put my writing talents to good use as a cannabis advocate. I also enjoy topics such as, health, fitness, spirituality and self-empowerment.

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