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Why Every Medical Cannabis Patient Needs a Medical Marijuana Card

Why Every Medical Cannabis Patient Needs a Medical Marijuana Card

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 01/25/2010 in Medical Marijuana

1. For Legal Protection

In most medical marijuana states, if you use marijuana as a medicine, you need a marijuana card. Period. With the exception of California and Washington, all medical marijuana states require patients to obtain a medical marijuana card in order to receive full legal protection under state marijuana law.  Whatever you call them—marijuana cards, cannabis cards, registry cards, marijuana ID cards, medical pot cards—medical marijuana cards offer the legal protection you need to not be treated like a criminal for using a safe, effective and much-needed medicine.

2. Because Marijuana is a Powerful Medicine

Hundreds of thousands of patients and marijuana doctors will attest that marijuana is an effective medicine, and countless medical marijuana studies prove that cannabis provides symptomatic relief for patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, Chron’s disease, chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, glaucoma, seizures and more. Medical cannabis is an affordable, safe and effective alternative for many expensive, ineffective and highly addictive prescription medicines. Cannabis is free of negative long-term side effects and there has never been a documented case of marijuana overdose.

3. To Access Better Medicine Selection

For the few states that legally allow cannabis collectives (also known as marijuana dispensaries or pot clubs), your medical marijuana card is your ticket to purchasing a wide range of medical grade pot. Your marijuana card identifies you as a legal marijuana patient and will get you into the door of medical dispensaries, where you can purchase high-quality buds and marijuana-laced edibles (a popular alternative to smoking medical marijuana).

4. Because Marijuana Prescriptions are Illegal

Many people think that medical cannabis patients have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but in fact marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law and is not approved by the FDA. Therefore, doctors cannot prescribe cannabis nor can pharmacies dispense it. Instead, doctors can only provide medical marijuana recommendations—and a medical marijuana card is proof that you have received a valid recommendation from your physician.

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