In the past marijuana was only recognized and used for its intoxicating properties. However, more recently, law makers, medical professionals, and patients have become increasingly aware of is therapeutic capabilities, especially when it comes to alleviating pain.
In fact, 30 states, including DC, Maryland, and Virginia, have passed laws for marijuana to be used for medical purposes.
Nevertheless, individuals that can benefit from medical marijuana may be unsure of how to properly obtain it.
Keep reading to learn the process for gaining legal access to medical marijuana, including finding the right medical marijuana doctor.
Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana?
While dispensaries are the ones that sell medical marijuana, only a medical marijuana doctor has the ability to legally prescribe its use to patients. That’s why it’s essential that patients find the right medical marijuana doctor before attempting to obtain the drug.
But prior to making or attending a doctor’s appointment, individuals must first register with their state’s Medical Cannabis Commission. They can then schedule an evaluation with a legally licensed medical professional and licensed clinic that they believe can best assess their needs and goals.
What’s the Basis of Evaluation for a Medical Marijuana Prescription?
Each medical marijuana professional and clinic has undergone and passed rigorous inspection before being legally allowed to prescribe medical marijuana.
That being said, patients should make sure that they not only find the right medical marijuana doctor, but that they also meet the criteria for obtaining a prescription.
More specifically, patients will be thoroughly evaluated and must demonstrate that they suffer from debilitating or chronic pain in order to qualify for medical marijuana.
Other conditions that satisfy eligibility requirements include: Cachexia, severe nausea, anorexia, glaucoma, wasting syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe or recurring muscle spasms, and chronic or severe seizures.
When Can Patients Purchase Medical Marijuana After Obtaining a Prescription?
After finding the best medical marijuana doctor for your needs and receiving an assessment, he or she can provide a written certification that’s registered with the Medical Marijuana Commission Clinics registry system.
You are then legally permitted to go to a dispensary and select and buy the appropriate strain and form of medical marijuana.
For additional information on finding the right medical marijuana doctor, please call Capital Medical Associates today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bruce Rashbaum.