Monday, March 31, 2014

Medical Marijuana

In California a patient with a valid marijuana card is permitted to possess small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes.  A patient is permitted to possess eight ounces of of dried marijuana and six mature or twelve immature marijuana plants.  Their caregiver can also posses marijuana and plants for their patient.  A caregiver can be anyone, even just a friend.

The patient is supposed to have a medical marijuana card in their possession.  The card is supposed to have the signature of a physician licensed to practice in the State of California.  The card has the amount of marijuana the patient is allowed to have and a picture of the patient.  

This law is filled with loopholes and essentially allows anyone to possess and smoke marijuana for any reason.  The physicians who prescribe marijuana frequently prescribe it for essentially any purpose from loss of appetite to depression.  Of course, almost anyone can meet these criteria.  It’s all been a massive scam to prevent any significant tax burden on the marijuana industry, and to allow the maximum number of people to smoke dope all day, legally; that’s what the SGT Says.

2 comments: said...

You really need to read the law. A patient gets a recommendation, not a prescription. The recommendation must be written by a doctor in good standing with the California medical board. The doctor's signature must be on the recommendation. No card or picture is required, however, the patient must provide the doctor with a California ID, however it is not required on the recommendation. No specific amount is required on the recommendation, unless the patient has a special need which requires more than 8 ounces which is the maximum California allows.
The state card is voluntary, in Orange County the state card, which can be gotten through the County health dept. This cost an extra $150. This is a cost those of us on a limited income cannot afford.
Sure there are some doctors who will give a recommendation to anyone. My recommendation was written by my neurologist.
When a patient gets their medicine through a dispensary or delivery service, the entity producing the medicine must check the doctor's standing and verify the recommendation.
I agree that many doctors will write a recommendation for anyone, and those doctors should be censured by the medical board.
As an activist, we do want the state to regulate, but in 18 years, this has not been done.
For a patient like me whose only choice is oxycontin or oxycodone, my doctor and I prefer cannabis, as it is less addictive and does not have the side effects that the pharmaceuticals have.
My suggestion is to read prop 215, SB420 and the attorney general guidelines. This should give you some clarity as to what the law is.

Mike Creek said...

Medical marijuana in California has been one massive scandal and failure after another. Look at Los Angeles that is closing hundreds of dispensaries that were given licenses even after the City said they were limiting the number.