Using medical marijuana can have its own challenges, so finding others that understand the process can be helpful. There are dozens of organizations across the country that can help medical marijuana users in many ways, from answering questions to helping them find extremely useful resources.
Across the country, medical marijuana patients are frustrated and confused regarding how the law applies to them. Even in states where pot is legal, patients find it extremely difficult to get a clear explanation as to when they are within the law and when they are outside of it. While many people are thrilled that several states have completely decriminalized marijuana, this has, in some instances, created even more confusion.
For example, in some states you can legally possess one ounce of weed for your personal use. If you want to have between one and 10 ounces, you have to have a card — somewhat similar to a driver’s license — that shows you are legally entitled to possess that amount due to medical issues.
Another problem is that some states have been slow in implementing laws that create an efficient system of dispensing medical marijuana. Far too many patients have to travel long distances to have their prescriptions filled, whether they are using cannabis for appetite stimulation or treatment for pain, anxiety or nausea. Patients are also unclear on exactly what type of process they have to go through to obtain a medical marijuana card.
These are just a few of the reasons it’s so important for patients to have reliable, comprehensive resources to turn to, whether they want their questions answered online, in person or over the phone. Having a convenient way to find the information they need can help greatly reduce stress and frustration, which are the last things someone suffering from a medical problem needs to experience.
The national organizations available for support for the medical marijuana community include:
This means not only providing services to patients to make sure they have the information they need to make the right decision regarding medical marijuana, but also grassroots activity to help influence policy. ASA claims to have had a hand in changing laws at not only the local and state level, but at the federal level as well, and to have also helped create medical cannabis safety standards.
Some state organizations you’ll find include:
MCCHI is not affiliated with the state. It is a non-partisan, independent organization that is committed to educating the public on the laws of Hawaii, as well as working to reform laws that can be very confusing to medical marijuana patients. The organization grew from a group called the Medical Cannabis Working Group, which comprised caregivers, civil rights advocates, public health professionals, patients and others.
Some of the organizations you’ll find at the local levels you can turn to for support include:
The PCS provides a network of parents, caregivers and others who meet once a month to discuss the challenges and rewards of dealing with special needs children. The organization is committed to providing a comfortable, safe place to talk about pediatric cannabis and to share resources.
Like in other states, it can be difficult for patients authorized to use medical marijuana in Oregon to obtain accurate information, even from their physicians. The group is meant for those who want clear, detailed answers to their questions.
Marijuana Doctors is proud to also offer support to medicinal marijuana patients by providing assistance in finding doctors nationwide. We are fully aware of the confusion that can come from the process, and we work to provide patients with a way to locate physicians and book appointments with them.
Marijuana Doctors is also affiliated with Americans for Safe Access, and we are a member of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). We also provide clear, detailed information on a state-by-state basis regarding who qualifies for medical marijuana use, as well as how to obtain medical marijuana cards in the states that offer them.