With medical cannabis being legal in almost half of the country now, there are a lot of questions regarding how one obtains a prescription and is able to start using it. Luckily, we are well versed on the subject, and are here to help.
First, it is important to be familiar with the medical laws in your state. Once you know that you can legally purchase medical marijuana where you live, look up the specific laws that govern the industry so you can make sure that you always remain compliant.
Next, find a doctor that can help you get your MMJ card. This is as simple as looking on the internet. You can search for doctors near you, but we also recommend checking out some online forums for advice and recommendations. The MMJ community is a tight one, and it looks out for one another.
Once you find your doctor, schedule an appointment. They will be able to answer any questions you might have regarding your condition and medical cannabis. Make sure that you feel comfortable before leaving the office.
After you obtain your card, you have to find a dispensary near you. In some states, like California, this is pretty easy. There are plenty of websites like Leafly, Weedmaps, or LeafedIn.org that will help you find dispensaries and strains nearest to you. However, in some burgeoning MMJ states, like Nevada, your dispensary choice may be limited for right now. If you can’t find one close enough to you, plan to take a trip. Also, always remember that many states have a program where they will accept out-of-state MMJ cards, so your closest dispensary might be one state over.
Going into a dispensary for the first time can be daunting. Luckily, the employees of these establishments are well trained and can guide you through the process. When you arrive, they will make sure you have all of the necessary documents (mainly your MMJ card and a valid ID). Then, they will help you pick out which strains are going to be best for your condition. They will also make sure you stay legal, as they are being monitored heavily as well.
After you purchase your legal medical cannabis, go home and get some relief. The hard part is behind you.
We certainly hope this helped, and always remember that everyone in this industry is more than happy to provide guidance and help, so never be afraid to ask questions!