Apr 10, 2013 - 5:46 pm
As I am fortunate to live in the Golden state of California where everything grows like crazy and crazy things grow too, I decided to post an official 420 post on my experience even in the hippy state. My goal is to use all tools to battle cancer including MJ. I am not a user nor have been but there is clear evidence in its ability to stimulate appetitie and help with sleep and reducing anxiety, qualities sure to help with cancer patients undergoing treatment.
According to this site http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/marijuana-sales-quadruple-2018_n_3038282.html, there are 20 states that have approved the use of medical marijuana incliuding Washington and Colorado where it is legal.
Wondering around most bay area cities, you find on the newstand rack free publications advertising local music and various medical MJ doctors who write the necessary recommendation letter to enable a "patient" to legally obtain medical MJ. They generally charge about a hundred bucks but clearly state they price match, such a deal.
Rather than burn up a Benjamin and clearly as deserving of a medical MJ card as anyone out there, I decided to get my doctor to sign it; that is my MO who is my primary medical doctor now. He said he could not sign it since it would create problems for his DEA medical license to prescribe narcos. OK, so I follow the somewhat ambigouous hospital facility procedures to get this processed only to find out that no doctor in the hospital will now sign one for me since my own MO will not sign it. Geez, ok I will go back to my PCP and have her sign it.
Before I got there, I had the consult with my RO yesterday and figured why not try to get him to sign it. Oh joy, he had no problem signing the form yet when I asked how common such a request comes to him he said rarely, 1%-2%. Now I KNOW more than 2% of cancer pateients smoke dope so ti has me wondering if most deserving patients such as us cancer folks are too embarrased or shamed by having their bona fide doctor sign such a form and just go down the the corner MJ doctor and get one that way. Just curious. Then again I saw some statistic for number of MJ cards issued in my county, more than a million residents, something like only 4000 or so are official. Seems so low.
Actual stat from state shows even lower participation: Contra Costa 2005-22, 2006-152, 2007-136, 2008-162, 2009-262, 2010-239, 2011-182, 2012(partial)-86 TOTAL:1241
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/MMP/Pages/default.aspx. I guess the stats from the state do reinforce the participation in the legal program is really low. Surprising given all they hype about such a low impact program.
The MMIC cards are optional, You can just have the signed recommendation and that should suffice., It seems having the card offers a higher level of protection from the cops, in that if you show your MJ photo-ID card, they can not mess with you given you are within stated allowances.
Clearly, based on the number of dispensaries the client base far exceeds those issued official cards. As I ask around I will see if I can find the source of the dispensary. Meanwhile, I need to go shopping.