Nearly half of America’s states are flush with medical cannabis. While some state laws remain incredibly strict, with medical cannabis cards kept under lock and key and very few approved medical conditions, other areas are choosing to make the process simpler. Regardless of where the legal cannabis is coming from, medical patients all must go through the same procedures when it comes to obtaining their medical cannabis cards. For first-timers, it can be a confusing process; don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are five tips to help any first-time patient obtain their medical cannabis card.
1. Become a legal eagle
The cannabis laws vary dramatically from state to state. For example, Pennsylvania doesn’t even allow for dry flowers, but certain forms of concentrates are okay. In another state, the concentrates are banned and smokeable cannabis is king.
It’s important to know your specific state’s laws before obtaining a medical card to ensure no rule breaking occurs.
2. Doctors with cannabis to offer
It might seem like a daunting task to locate a doctor willing to supply medical cannabis, but it’s much easier than it seems. Many states have doctors specifically working to prescribe cannabis, with their information is just a Google search away.
California takes it a step further with services like NuggMD. Patients can visit a doctor via video conference, obtain their medical card and have cannabis delivered, all without ever leaving home.
3. Dispensaries are key
When it comes time to finally purchase legal cannabis the idea can be somewhat overwhelming. The trick is to find a reputable dispensary, a feat made rather simple by the internet. A quality dispensary will have workers who completely understand what they‘re talking about and they’ll be able to steer new patients in the right direction.
4. Talk to a ‘tender
Budtenders are some of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to strain information, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation; they’ll help find the perfect potency for any condition. These busy workers also stay up-to-date on all of the most recent laws because their livelihoods depend on it. They’ll always insure patients are purchasing within legal limits.
5. Relax with your medical cannabis card
Now that the hard work is over, all that’s left is to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The relief of finally being able to legally consume cannabis is enough to induce a natural high, but a cannabis influenced one is even better. Sit back, relax and take pleasure in knowing many, many people across the world are jealous of your ability to purchase legal cannabis.
First-time medical cannabis patients will find the process of purchasing cannabis from a dispensary, as opposed to the black market, becomes second nature after a while. The normalcy sets in and patients truly begin to enjoy and understand all the benefits of legal medical cannabis.
Following these few steps will make the beginning experiences run smoothly, ensuring every new medical cannabis patient receives the medicine they need.
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