Medical marijuana laws have created a complex web of state laws, and thus, it contributes to a varying difficulty in obtaining medical marijuana on a state-by-state basis. Some states, like Washington, have been ahead of the curve as medical marijuana is easy to obtain. While other states, such as Wisconsin, only permit the consumption of CBD for medical purposes. Additionally, the uncertainty in Washington D.C. in relation to how the current administration on is going to regulate the substance is intense and even frightening.
Recently, attorney general Jeff Sessions advocated mandatory minimums and cracking down on marijuana dispensaries – and odd policy at that if one considers the administration’s “pro-free market” stance. Raiding medical dispensaries will only place a burden on small business, especially when one considers the fact that the FDIC doesn’t recognize money earned by pot shops. Money is often transported in Hummers with a security force as marijuana money can’t be placed in banks under federal banking jurisdiction. In my opinion, this federal approach is preventing the industry from being fully transparent.
Again, the complex web is confusing to many, so we here at Leafbuyer are going to reveal the medical marijuana states with the most lenient policies. I hope you enjoy the following information.
As a previous resident of the State, I can tell you that nearly everyone has a medical marijuana card – and when I stated the concern about being in possession of marijuana, my friends laughed me into a corner of a circular room. Although recreational marijuana was just recently legalized, medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1996. Incidentally, recreational marijuana has not yet been set up in the state, even though marijuana is legal.
Obtaining a card is quite simple: go to your doctor and specify an ailment. Anything from headaches to nausea should suffice. And while doctors, under the law, aren’t allowed to “push” marijuana on patients, obtaining a script is arguably the easiest in this medical marijuana state. Once the doctor writes you a letter, just upload a copy online!
Even before the legalization of recreational marijuana, the state would penalize personal possession with a citation – of course, larger amounts could warrant felony charges, but most people were cited for low-amount possession.
Washington State has some of the cheapest pot in the nation, as it’s a huge domestic growing operation. While Washington was tangling for years with whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana, the state has permitted medicinal marijuana for years. For people with serious ailments, it’s the ideal state to reside in because of the relatively affordable products.
Obtaining a medical marijuana card is a bit harder when compared to California as the State requires a patient to be experiencing a continuous condition that interferes with a patient’s daily life. A patient needs to bring a copy of the Washington State Medical Marijuana Access form to his doctor, and, if approved, the doctor can immediately fill a prescription as consumers are not required to be stored in the State’s database. Also, a patient is permitted to grow plants for home use along with a doctor’s approval.
In 2012, Colorado voters went to the polls and decided that it was time to legalize recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in the state for decades. The overall belief in legalization isn’t without political polarization, however. In 2012, voters largely decided how to vote based on political party lines; with rural, conservative towns voting against legalization, while inner-city, liberal areas were in favor. This divide also reflects the divisions in other states trying to legalize the substance.
Anyway, obtaining a medical marijuana card in the gorgeous state of Colorado is not as easy as CA, but it’s one of the easier ones in the United States. The process goes as follows: a person needs to be a resident of Colorado, and moreover, the medical justification given to the doctor has to be debilitating. It was intended to prevent the “pushing” of the substance, similar to what happened with opioids in the 2000s.
If the disease is severe enough, a doctor’s note will not be needed. Now, if a less severe symptom, such as nausea, is consistent, then a doctor may be able to write an approval letter. Once approved, download an application and upload it to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry.
The state of Massachusetts has for some time approached medical marijuana with much leniency. For one, it’s one of the few states that allow patients to be prescribed cannabis without having to register with the State (Hawaii and Washington are the other two states that grant this easy process). Medical marijuana consumers in Massachusetts have been offered an easy framework in which to obtain marijuana for various pressing ailments.
The only real “barrier” is the fact that there isn’t a list of physicians who provide marijuana cards. In order to find them, Google “medical marijuana providers in Massachusetts.” Finding the right link is quite simple. Patients that have already received cards will 1) leave reviews highlighting which doctor provides medical marijuana, or 2) doctors will specify that their clinic or private practice write medical marijuana prescriptions.
When a patient picks a location, they will need to fill out the medical marijuana form and this also requires forking over some dough. However, a patient is required by law to have a “debilitating condition,” but again, this determination depends on the opinion of the presiding doctor. If the doctor discovers a “debilitating disease,” he/she will provide an online login so a patient can set up their account. Within a few weeks, a card will be sent in the mail affirming a medical marijuana consumer’s right to possess pot legally.
These states have taken the forefront for the future of marijuana in the United States – more specifically; they have simplified the process for those with serious ailments to receive the relief they desire. Based on the trajectory of these states, and the country’s opinion on marijuana in general, it’s safe to assume that more and more states will take the next steps to legalizing medical marijuana. They hopefully will be increasing the acceptability to a mostly non-harmful medicinal substance, especially for those with a disease like cancer or MS.
In the end, the fast-moving legalization efforts in various states will change the entire process in regards to obtaining pot. If more and more states legalize the substance, a patient will be able to bypass their physician and shop at a local marijuana shop. Last year, the approval of marijuana was up to 60% in the United States. Americans, whether smokers or not, are finally realizing the benefits of marijuana, whether it be for recreational use or serious medical problems.
Most importantly, medical marijuana is a non-lethal alternative to dangerous pharmaceutical drugs – this is not to say all are bad, but when a person has terminal cancer, smoking marijuana instead of doing chemo will presumably prevent a lot of further pain and suffering. Ultimately, as time goes on, doctors, lawmakers, and scientists will realize the unparalleled benefits of allowing patients to consume marijuana, and hopefully sooner, rather than later, will obtain access to this revolutionary medicinal alternative.
Article By: Jason Newell