Medical Marijuana Edibles In Florida: What Does The New Law Mean?

Florida residents can finally purchase medical marijuana edibles thanks to new legislation in the state. The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use announced in August of 2020 that medical marijuana dispensaries can start to sell medical marijuana edibles in the state.

While you may be celebrating, some things need to be understood about this new option. Here’s what the Florida law about medical marijuana says and all the important information you need to know about how to take advantage of this option.

What Are Medical Marijuana Edibles?

Medical marijuana edibles are a line of THC-infused food products, capsules, and lozenges. They produce long-lasting and safe effects for those who utilize medical marijuana to treat medical conditions. They promote euphoria and relaxation and increase the appetite as they also work to help quell anxiety and fatigue.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Edibles Law

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state of Florida for several years, but legalizing edibles was delayed. This was done in order for the OMMU to determine product standards that are safe for medical marijuana users.

The edibles sold in the state of Florida must comply with the statutes that help to ensure safe food production. Plus, each edible is required to have the THC symbol placed prominently on its packaging.

A few other regulations required of medical marijuana edibles under the law include:

  • No more than 10 milligrams of THC in a single serving edible
  • No more than 200 milligrams of THC in multiple serving edibles
  • THC potency total must be printed clearly on the label and it may not vary by more than 15% of the potency from the certificate of analysis
  • All edible portions must be stamped with the THC content universal symbol unless the portion size is too small to accommodate it

The law also clarifies that medical marijuana edibles cannot contain color additives that are unnatural. That means only vegetable or fruit colorings may be used.

Medical Marijuana Edibles In Florida: Product Shapes Limited

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of children, THC-infused edibles must adhere to stringent appearance guidelines. THC gummies can only be in the shape of a diamond, oval, square, parallelogram, rectangle, circle, or triangle. The packaging must also not attract attention, which means no bright, fun packaging can be used. It simply cannot look like candy for children in any way.

Florida MMJ Laws: What Types of Edibles Can Be Purchased in Florida?

Edibles in every category are now regulated in Florida by Standards for Production of Edibles under the OMMU. There are no real surprises here, since companies that produce medical marijuana edibles in Florida can now develop these types of products:

  • Chocolates
  • Lozenges
  • Baked goods
  • Gelatins

The only caveat is that chocolate-based edibles cannot contain fruit, marshmallows, caramel, nuts, nougat, honey, or any other type of specialty filling. It can be formulated only with carob, milk, or dark chocolate.

How Edibles Are Different Than Smoking Medical Marijuana

For many who cannot tolerate smoking cannabis, edibles offer a convenient, safe, and easy way to get a dosage of THC to help manage medical conditions. The main way that eating THC differs from smoking it is that it can take a while to feel the effects of an edible. This is due to the fact that the edible must pass through the digestive system and be absorbed, which simply takes longer than taking in through the lungs or skin.

In general, the effects of edibles last for about five to six hours, but this differs from person to person. How much THC you consume has a direct impact on how long the effects last. That’s why it’s always recommended that, if you’re new to edibles, you start slow and work your way up to a dose that works for you. This allows you to avoid uncomfortable effects that are more intense and last longer than you want.

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Get Your Florida MMJ Card

To take advantage of the new edibles available in Florida, you need an MMJ card from a qualified and state-certified physician. Aside from having a doctor qualify your medical condition, you must also produce proof of your residency in the state. Then you can enjoy access to many different MMJ products.

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What Is The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority?

In 2018, Oklahoma became the 30th US state to legalize medical marijuana. The passage of SQ 788 allows licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients who qualify. But the regulation of medical marijuana doesn’t happen all on its own. The state created an agency whose sole job is to help regulate medical marijuana in the state: the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.

Here’s all you need to know about the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, as well as the rules and regulations surrounding the use of medical marijuana in the state.

What Is The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority?

The OMMA administers the state’s medical marijuana program. It is accountable for all aspects of medical marijuana, including:

  • Regulation
  • Licensing
  • Administration

The OMMA makes sure that it runs all its programs by the state law regulations as a subsidiary of the Oklahoma Department of Health. Its objective is to make sure that the people of Oklahoma are able to safely and responsibly access medical marijuana.

Who Qualifies For Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma?

A medical marijuana card can be obtained through the OMMA for Oklahoma state residents over 18 with the signature of a licensed physician. Some minors are allowed to be issued medical marijuana cards in special circumstances and with the consent of two physicians and their parent or guardian.

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Image by Manish Panghal on Unsplash: Oklahoma medical marijuana card requirements aren’t too tough, so if you think you are eligible, then see your doctor.

How To Apply Through OMMA For An Oklahoma MMJ Card

Before you go through the process of applying for an MMJ card through OMMA, you first need to make sure you qualify. Aside from being over 18 and a resident of the state, some conditions that may qualify you include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Chronic pain
  • Neuropathic pain disorder
  • Severe nausea
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammation
  • Terminal illnesses
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle spasms
  • Crohn’s disease
  • HIV/AIDS

Talk to your doctor about your condition and how MMJ may be able to benefit you. They can complete an Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form available through OMMA for you. There is a $100 application fee, but if you can provide proof that you have Soonercare (Medicaid) or Medicare insurance, then you may be eligible for a reduced application fee of $20.

So how long does it take for OMMA to approve an application? The process is done online and you should find out if you qualify within 30 days. If approved, your MMJ card is mailed to you and then you can use it to legally purchase, grow, and use medical marijuana and medical marijuana products in Oklahoma.

How Long Are MMJ Cards In Oklahoma Valid?

MMJ cards in Oklahoma are good for a period of two years. You can renew your MMJ card within 30 days of its expiration. All you have to do is visit the OMMA website and choose the “returning applicants” button. This will allow you to log in and choose to renew your card.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Card Rules?

According to the OMMA, Oklahoma residents with an MMJ card can have:

  • Up to one ounce of cannabis concentrates such as THC waxes, extracts, and oils
  • Up to three ounces of cannabis in a public place
  • Up to eight ounces of cannabis in your home
  • Up to 72 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles

You can also grow your own medical marijuana at home, but you need an MMJ card from the state to do it legally. With a card, you can have as many as six immature and six mature plants. The property you grow it on must be your own or you must have permission from the owner of the property to grow on it. Your plants may also be grown somewhere that is not visible from the street.

Where To Purchase MMJ in Oklahoma

The program run by OMMA has licensed over 2,000 dispensaries across the state. You can find many places to legally buy MMJ thanks to this program!

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Where You Can Use Medical Marijuana

The OMMA wants to make medical marijuana safe and accessible for everyone in the state. There were many factors considered in the process of regulating the use of medical marijuana, including where you can use it. The public consumption laws in Oklahoma allow those with MMJ cards to use medical marijuana at home, but not in public. They also state that residents with an MMJ card can drive with MMJ in their car as long as it is out of the reach of the driver and not taken across state lines.

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Which Countries Are Next For Medical Marijuana Legalization In 2021?

Which countries have been taking steps towards medical marijuana (MMJ) legalization that could potentially be finalized in 2021 or shortly after? This question is being asked by patients all over the world who would see a massive benefit in their quality of life if they could avail of medical marijuana treatment.

Medical marijuana is now proven beyond doubt to be a very effective treatment for a whole host of painful and debilitating conditions. Patients are getting a whole new lease on life thanks to MMJ treatment, which is extremely effective in pain management and symptom reduction.

MMJ can improve the symptoms of a large number of health conditions, such as epilepsy, headache, chronic pain, insomnia, glaucoma, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, seizures, nausea, and multiple sclerosis.

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Image by RexMedlen on Pixabay: Medical marijuana laws in 2021 will differ considerably around the world.

Medical Marijuana Legalization Around The World

Medical marijuana has been legalized in most US states. The minority of states in which MMJ is still illegal seem certain to follow suit over the next few years. The weight of evidence demonstrating the wide array of benefits of MMJ treatment is simply too compelling to ignore.

Plenty of other nations around the world have by now also legalized medical marijuana. Several countries have sensible, liberal MMJ programs that their citizens can avail of. But many countries have legal MMJ almost in name only, with limiting and restrictive laws that make MMJ available to only a minority of people with very specific medical conditions.

All of the countries that look like they may make more progress towards legalizing medical marijuana in 2021 fall into the category of having some amount of current MMJ legality. But that legality tends to involve such restrictive programs that almost none of their citizens qualify, and for those who do, the product range available is extremely limited.

Medical Marijuana Laws In 2021

Medical marijuana legalization is not usually a sudden, one-fell-swoop type of situation, especially when the decision is being made at a national level. Nations are large entities that contain a wide range of conflicting pressure groups within their borders.

In the US, for example, medical marijuana is still not legal at a federal level, but most US states have now legalized medical marijuana. Nations as a whole tend to move more slowly than individual states. For example, Oklahoma went from a staunchly anti-MMJ state to a very liberal legal MMJ state almost overnight, when voters approved State Question 788 in 2018.

Which Countries Will Legalize Medical Marijuana Next?

France

Sativex, which is a mouth spray containing chemical extracts from the cannabis plant, is currently available as a treatment in France. But a full medical marijuana program is yet to be legalized and implemented in the country.

Former Minister for Health Agnes Buzyn is an influential figure in French public health policy and has stated her support for an MMJ program on several occasions. Also, the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products has concluded that it would be “appropriate to authorize the use of therapeutic cannabis… in certain clinical situations.” Given these high-profile endorsements, it seems only a matter of time before France fully legalizes medical marijuana.

Ireland

The Irish Medical Cannabis Access Programme is operating on a pilot basis for the next five years. Only a medical consultant (and not a general practitioner) can prescribe a marijuana-based treatment. The only patients eligible for treatment with MMJ in Ireland are those with severe, treatment-resistant epilepsy; intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy; or spasticity associated with MS who have not responded to standard treatments.

Ireland’s legal MMJ program is preliminary and very limited. However, it is a start, and seems likely to expand once the initial pilot stage is complete.

The UK

The UK technically legalized treatment with medicines derived from marijuana in 2018. But the country’s MMJ program has been derided for being MMJ-legal in name only. Only three MMJ derived medications are available to patients: Sativex (only for MS patients), Nabilone (only for treating chemotherapy side-effects), and Epidiolex (only for epilepsy patients). These medications are only prescribed if all other treatment options have failed.

Alex Fraser, patient access specialist at Grow Biotech, echoes the disillusionment felt by millions of UK citizens when he says, “We’ve seen a huge reluctance from doctors and pharmacies to risk their licenses by facilitating access. The vast majority of people (…) are still being forced to rely on the black market to source their medication.” Given the public outcry and strong demand for MMJ treatment in the UK, it is only a matter of time before the country widens and improves its MMJ laws.

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Image by pixundfertig on Pixabay: Which countries will legalize MMJ next?

Countries Where Recreational Marijuana Is Legal

Marijuana laws are somewhat unclear and indecisive in many countries. Some countries have fully legalized recreational marijuana. However, quite a few countries do not have a specific legal marijuana law, but have made marijuana usage effectively legal, with public marijuana consumption common and never punished.

The following is a list of countries in which recreational marijuana is legal, or effectively legal:

  • Argentina: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted.
  • Australia: Recreational marijuana was legalized in the Australian Capital Territory, which includes the capital city Canberra, in 2019.
  • Belgium: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted.
  • Cambodia: Technically illegal, but culturally accepted. Cambodia is full of restaurants offering “happy meals” that are infused with marijuana.
  • Canada: Fully legal recreational marijuana.
  • Colombia: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted.
  • Czech Republic: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted.
  • Ecuador: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted.
  • Mexico: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted.
  • Netherlands: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted, and products are available to buy in the country’s famous coffee shops.
  • Portugal: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted.
  • Spain: Recreational marijuana use is decriminalized and widely accepted. Spain’s famous “smoking clubs” are fully legal in Catalonia.
  • United States: Several states have fully legalized recreational marijuana.
  • Uruguay: Fully legal recreational marijuana.

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Medical Marijuana Patients: 7 Things You Should Know About Driving

Medical marijuana (MMJ) can be a useful tool when helping to treat a variety of physical and emotional health conditions. If you’re thinking about applying for an MMJ card or already have one and want to find out more about the rules surrounding MMJ usage, it’s important for you to know the laws around medical marijuana and driving.

Read on for some helpful information that should keep you on the right side of the law!

Can you drive on MMJ?

One of the most commonly asked questions that medical marijuana patients have is whether they’re permitted to drive while under the influence of cannabis. This question is actually quite complex with a lot of different factors.

First off, every MMJ patient is different in terms of the quantity of cannabis they’re ingesting and how often they need to use it. This means that the level of which someone is intoxicated from the MMJ can vary from person to person. Some individuals might not experience a “high” feeling, while others might find themselves in a state that is not conducive to safe driving (experiencing slow reaction times, lack of concentration, etc.).

What is the legal limit for medical marijuana when driving?

This question can also be a little tricky to answer, mainly because each state has its own set of rules (especially states that permit recreational marijuana). But when you’re asking yourself, “Is there an MMJ limit when driving?”, it’s important to realize that anytime you have marijuana in your system, you’re likely to be considered an impaired driver.

Even if you have a valid MMJ card, law enforcement will potentially view you as intoxicated if they have cause to stop you. Having substances in your bloodstream (whether they’re legal or not) can still affect your driving, so in the eyes of the law, you probably shouldn’t be driving at all if you’ve recently used your MMJ products.

 

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Image by Christina Winter on Unsplash: It’s best to avoid driving after you’ve used MMJ products in case you’re impaired.

 

Here are a few other important things to keep in mind when it comes to MMJ and driving.

1. You need to know your own limits before you get behind the wheel

For some people, it might be hard to not drive after they use MMJ products (especially if they require pretty frequent usage). It’s crucial to experiment with different strains of MMJ and frequency of use to discover your own personal limits. If you feel at all impaired, it’s best to avoid driving.

2. You can still get a DUI with MMJ

There are different regulations from state to state, but because marijuana is still considered illegal on a federal level, there is always the potential for you to be pulled over by law enforcement and charged with a DUI if they think you’re intoxicated and unable to operate a vehicle safely.

To be convicted of a DUI, a prosecutor must show that you were under the influence of marijuana at the time you were driving, even if it was legally prescribed. They can demonstrate this by showing that you had a certain concentration of THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) in your system, or by showing that you were actually impaired, which is usually illustrated by you breaking some traffic laws or getting in an accident.

There are 17 states that have a zero-tolerance policy; in these places, simply having marijuana in your system while driving is illegal. Make sure you know what the regulations are in your state to avoid getting charged with a crime or involved in an accident.

3. There are severe consequences for driving while intoxicated

If you’re pulled over by law enforcement and they have reason to believe you’re intoxicated, you could receive some pretty harsh punishments. Depending on what law enforcement decides to do (and if you’ve posed a threat to other cars on the road), you could be ticketed, fined, or faced with jail time. If you’re a repeat offender, you could get your license suspended or put on probation.

More severe penalties are imposed if you’re charged with reckless driving, are involved in an accident (especially one that results in injury or death), or if you have a minor in the car with you at the time of the stop. Most police will not care if you have an MMJ card if the result is one of these things – you would still be considered to be breaking the law.

4. There is no standard sobriety test for MMJ

At this time, there is no specific field test for marijuana like there is for alcohol (such as a breathalyzer). If you’re stopped and law enforcement believes you’re intoxicated, they might still perform a standardized field sobriety test. This consists of a horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test, a walk-and-turn test, and a one-leg stand test, all of which can allow the police officer to tell whether you’re impaired or not.

Even if they can’t use a breathalyzer in the field to definitively test whether you’re high, they’ll use these tests to decide whether to ticket or book you. Most likely, your blood will be tested if you are arrested; the amount of THC in your bloodstream will be used against you (even if it’s from medically prescribed marijuana).

 

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Image by Zac Ong on Unsplash: If you’re pulled over and found to be intoxicated, you could get charged with a DUI.

5. You can drive with MMJ stored in your car if you have your card

In most states where MMJ is legal, you are permitted to store products in your car. To be on the safe side, it’s best to put your products in the truck or the backseat, so if you’re pulled over the officer can’t assume you’ve recently imbibed.

If you can avoid it, it’s probably smart not to carry your MMJ around with you. Of course, you’ll need to transport it from the dispensary to your home, but the less time you have the MMJ with you, the less chance of police finding it in your car and you having to explain it to them. You do always have the option of denying officers the right to search your vehicle if you’re pulled over, but this can sometimes make you appear as if you’re hiding something.

6. Consider traveling with your MMJ card and a doctor’s note

To help avoid searches of your car like the one mentioned above, it’s a good idea to always travel with your authentic MMJ card with you at all times. This, along with a doctor’s note, can show law enforcement that you’re entitled to have MMJ in your possession.

While it won’t get you out of trouble if you’ve been pulled over for violating a law, it might help your case if you can demonstrate that you have a legal reason for having MMJ products in your car.

7. Use other modes of transportation when possible

Because you can’t foresee all issues that can arise from using MMJ before you drive, your best bet is to use other forms of transportation whenever you can.

Getting rides from friends and family, taking public transportation like the subway or bus, or using a rideshare app like Uber or Lyft to get around can mean you may use your MMJ products without worrying about what will happen if you get behind the wheel of a car. This is the safest option, both for you and for other drivers on the road.

If you want to make sure you’re completely avoiding any legal issues that can come up while using cannabis and driving, do some research on the specific laws that exist in your state so that you’re completely informed. You do have rights as an MMJ cardholder, but you should also keep your safety and the safety of everyone else on the road in mind whenever you use your medicinal cannabis.

When using MMJ, try to skip getting behind the wheel if possible, and you won’t have to worry about being impaired and breaking any laws.

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Vanlife And MMJ: All You Need To Know

There are so many reasons people are choosing to travel or live in motorhomes these days. Whether you want to explore the country during college break or during your retirement, there are advantages to RVing that everyone can appreciate.

If you’re thinking about going on a vanlife medical marijuana adventure, you might be wondering what you need to know before setting out. Here’s a quick run-through of some info on vanlife and MMJ that can help you get started.

The rules of vanlife

First, it’s important to note that the rules surrounding the usage of cannabis and transportation don’t differ too much between a short trip and residing in a motorhome. So, technically, the same rules apply to MMJ and full-time RV living as they do for quick trips around your state.

With that point in mind, here are some suggestions around MMJ and vanlife that can be helpful to remember (including your rights as a traveler).

Do your research

The most critical aspect of your travels will be to know the state’s laws wherever you’re traveling. Even with a valid MMJ card, there are certain limitations to how much cannabis you can legally carry at any time. Because these differ by state, you’ll want to make sure you know the limits in every place you’re traveling to.

Pay attention to state boundaries

On the same point, you should always note when you’ve crossed the border into another state so that you’re aware of the specific laws in that state. Generally, it’s not recommended to cross state lines with marijuana in your RV because this does violate federal law. In fact, if you transport MMJ products outside of the state where they were purchased, you could be cited for possession (which is a misdemeanor and could earn you up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine).

In some extreme cases, transporting marijuana over state borders could even get you a drug trafficking charge (up to five years of prison time and/or a $250,000 fine!). If possible, stick to one state while you possess MMJ or wait until you’re in a new state before purchasing more product.

 

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Image by Rota Alternativa on Unsplash: Using your MMJ products discreetly inside of your RV means you’re less likely to draw attention.

Only carry as much MMJ as you need for your trip

One way to be a little more careful is to only bring with you as much product as you’ll need for the duration of your trip. Carrying large quantities may make you seem suspicious to law enforcement if your vehicle is stopped and searched.

Never open or consume MMJ while the vehicle is in motion

It’s a good idea to think of MMJ products in the same way you would alcohol. You can receive a DUI if you’re found to be impaired while operating a vehicle, especially a large one like a campervan or RV.

Neither drivers nor passengers should be using cannabis products (even if they’re prescribed) unless you’re parked somewhere where it’s legal to imbibe. Never do so on the open road!

Store your MMJ products responsibly

Always keep your products stored as far away from the driver’s seat as possible – for example, in a back cabinet. If you’re pulled over, you don’t want to give law enforcement any reason to think you’ve been dosing while driving.

Some states even require marijuana to be stored in childproof containers with specific seals that make them more difficult to open. Check the regulations for the specific state you’ll be traveling in to make sure you’re handling and storing your products legally.

Be extremely careful about where you park your vehicle

If you’re going to be bringing your MMJ products on the road with you, it’s absolutely critical that you research where you’ll be parking your RV and what the location’s regulations are surrounding cannabis possession. Even if it’s for medical purposes, it is still illegal to possess or consume cannabis on any federal land – this includes national parks and National Park Service areas.

Even in states where recreational marijuana is legal (such as California or Colorado), you are still prohibited from having cannabis in these areas of federal land. Getting caught with MMJ in one of these places could result in you being charged with a misdemeanor, fined, or even banned from the parks.

On the same note, many RV parks and campgrounds don’t permit marijuana usage either; they are allowed to kick you out if they find you have these products. So, do thorough research ahead of time on any place you’ll be stopping, whether it’s to rest for a while or to stay overnight.

One other note: try to consume your MMJ discreetly, so you’re less likely to draw attention from authorities or other campers. (Edibles can be a great way to stay under the radar with your MMJ usage!)

 

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Image by Caleb George on Unsplash: Make sure you’re parking your campervan in areas where cannabis use is permitted.

Carry your MMJ card and a doctor’s note with you to show to authorities

Don’t forget to bring your valid MMJ card with you on the road so that you can present it if you’re questioned by law enforcement or park staff. To err on the side of caution, you might also want to consider bringing a note from your doctor that explains your health condition and your need for MMJ products. This step might help in case you need to explain to authorities why you have cannabis products in your RV.

If you don’t already have this type of documentation, applying for an MMJ card can be a great idea if you’re a van dweller. If you don’t have a home residence, you can try applying for a card in the state you’re residing in currently, or one in which your driver’s license or identification has been issued.

It just takes a medical certification and letter from a licensed doctor (or you can go through MMJRecs) to show that you have a physical or emotional condition with symptoms that can be alleviated through the use of MMJ. The application process can typically be done online through each state’s particular MMJ governing board. Once you have your MMJ card in hand, you’ll have added benefits such as being allowed to possess more product, receiving possible discounts on sales tax, etc.

Make sure to do as much research as possible before you begin your trip so that you can be prepared to follow the laws wherever your journey takes you. As long as you’re a responsible vanlife MMJ user, you’ll be able to use your MMJ products without any problems!

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Can I Take A Road Trip With Medical Marijuana?

Is there anything more fun than hitting the open road for an adventure? There are so many benefits to choosing road-tripping versus other forms of travel. You can pack light and have more freedom to go wherever the journey takes you – oh, and it’s also typically a cheaper option for travelers on a budget! But can you road trip with medical marijuana?

There are some regulations you need to be informed about before you embark on your trip. Read on for a guide to traveling with medical marijuana (MMJ).

How to travel with medical marijuana

You’ll want to feel as carefree as possible once your road trip begins, but there are some things you should keep in mind when planning your trip so that you don’t have to spend time worrying about them later.

Plan out your route

Some road-trippers like to make decisions on where they’re going spontaneously. This can be a little trickier when you’re driving with MMJ products in your car, because you need to be careful where your route is taking you.

Anytime you enter a new area (especially a new state), you’ll need to be aware of what the legal limits are for carrying MMJ products. A little research ahead of time can ensure that you’re following the law no matter where your travels take you.

Try to avoid crossing state lines

Because cannabis is still illegal on a federal level, you do have to be cautious when you road trip with medical marijuana in different states. In general, it’s not a great idea to cross state lines with MMJ products in your car, because you’re breaking federal law.

If you transport marijuana outside the state in which you purchased it, you could be cited for possession (a misdemeanor that could cost you a $1,000 fine and/or a year in jail!) if you get pulled over by law enforcement. In some cases, you could face even harsher penalties, such as a drug trafficking charge of up to five years of prison time and/or a $250,000 fine.

If crossing into another state is a definite part of your itinerary, try to wait and purchase your MMJ products once you’re in the new state to avoid crossing state lines with cannabis already in your vehicle.

Do not consume MMJ products if you’re going to be driving

In many ways, the law views intoxication from cannabis the very same way as it does alcohol. If you’re found to be under the influence of marijuana (even if it was prescribed), you could be charged with a DUI.

To avoid any issues, make sure that someone else is driving if you’re going to be using your MMJ products, or wait until the cannabis has left your system before getting behind the wheel.

 

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Image by Alex Jumper on Unsplash: Try to avoid using MMJ products if you’re going to get behind the wheel.

Store the MMJ as far away from the driver’s seat as possible

If you’re wondering how to travel with cannabis in the car, the answer is to keep it completely separate from the driver. Your safest bet is to stash it in the trunk or in the backseat, so if you do get pulled over, law enforcement will not have reason to suspect you’ve been dosing while you’re driving.

In the same vein, try to keep your containers sealed (some states require MMJ product be stored in childproof containers with specific seals on them). Either way, remember to never consume marijuana while the vehicle is in motion – which means no open containers while you’re out on the road.

Only carry the legal limit of MMJ for the state you’re in

It’s a good idea to only possess as much cannabis as the legal limit allows in the area where you’re traveling. You might have more difficulty with law enforcement if you’re pulled over and they find a large quantity of marijuana in your car.

It might be inconvenient to have to purchase more frequently during your trip, but it can be safer to have smaller amounts in your possession at any one time.

Have your MMJ card with you at all times

Carrying your MMJ card with you can help protect you if law enforcement wants to know why you have cannabis (especially in states where recreational marijuana is also illegal). To go one step further, you can bring a note from your doctor that explains your health condition and why you need MMJ to help treat it.

It’s always better to have these two things with you rather than risk ending up wishing you had packed them.

Research the stops you’ll be making to see if it’s legal to have marijuana

There are many places in the US where it’s still illegal to consume marijuana (especially state parks and some rest stops). To make sure you’re always on the right side of the law, look up all of the places you’ll be stopping or staying overnight to find out what their policies are about cannabis possession and consumption.

 

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Image by Jorge Saavedra on Unsplash: Research your route ahead of time so you’re aware of how to travel with cannabis in the car.

Use MMJ products with discretion

Wherever possible, it’s safest to use your cannabis products discreetly or in private. You’re much less likely to draw attention to yourself (from law enforcement, campground owners, other travelers, etc.) if you’re dosing in a less overt way.

Think about switching to tinctures or edibles

On the same note, if you want to make sure you’re using your products with discretion, consider switching the form in which you’re ingesting them. For example, tinctures or edibles are much harder to spot and can be more portable, so you’re less likely to have any problems using these types of MMJ products.

There’s no better time to take a road trip in the US. Try to remember these tips and use your MMJ products responsibly during your entire journey. With everything from gorgeous state parks to fun city sights, road-tripping allows you to see everything the country has to offer – without requiring you to leave your MMJ at home!

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Can A State Recriminalize Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana has come a long way in the United States over the past decade. A mere handful of years ago, there was nowhere in the U.S. you could purchase marijuana legally. Today, you can get medical and recreational marijuana in 11 states as well as Washington D.C. And more are sure to be on the way, with several other states putting measures to further legalize marijuana in many states. But can a state recriminalize medical marijuana?

If you’ve been wondering “Can my state make MMJ illegal again?”, here’s what you need to know about where things are likely headed regarding legal marijuana in the current climate.

A Brief History of Marijuana

Back when the United States first came into being, cannabis was widely grown for hemp. As other crops such as cotton became more popular, hemp fell out of fashion and cannabis plants were no longer encouraged to be farmed. But marijuana from the cannabis plant was increasing in popularity. In fact, by the end of the Civil War in the United States, marijuana was a popular addition to tinctures and medicines. By the 1930s, marijuana was quite popular in many communities.

So, when did it start to become criminalized? After the prohibition of alcohol had come and gone, a movement to outlaw marijuana gained traction in the 1930s. By 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act had been passed, essentially making marijuana illegal throughout the United States.

Since the prohibition in the 1930s, the pendulum has begun to swing the other way. More and more states are decriminalizing marijuana, while a few others have made medical marijuana legal. Several have even made marijuana legal for everyone, medical condition or not. But as far as the federal government is concerned, marijuana is still illegal. And that leads to some interesting questions about its legality overall, even if you live in a state that has totally legalized it.

 

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Image by Christina Walker on Unsplash: Many people might be wondering “Will MMJ always be legal in my state?”

Medical Marijuana vs. Marijuana: What’s the Difference?

Conflicts between the federal government and state laws may lead you to think that there’s a difference between medical marijuana and marijuana, but the truth is that they really only differ by legal definitions.

Medical marijuana is used by people with certain qualifying medical conditions and is purchased at MMJ dispensaries that are overseen by the state government. “Regular” marijuana, on the other hand, is simply marijuana for non-medical use. It’s also called “recreational marijuana” since users do not need to have proof of a medical condition to use it.

Legalization, Decriminalization, and Medical Marijuana

There’s really no set definition to any term regarding the use or legalization of marijuana in the United States. However, there’s a broad way to understand the difference between the terms:

  • Decriminalization – Many states do not allow medical or recreational marijuana, but they have decriminalized it. That means that there is generally no prison or jail time for those who possess limited quantities of marijuana. That doesn’t mean there are no legal penalties in place; it simply means you may not go to jail for having possession of marijuana.
  • Legalization – For the states that have totally legalized marijuana, there are no government-enforced penalties for possessing or using marijuana. This often includes growing it in your own home, but rules vary from state to state.
  • Medical marijuana – States that have approved marijuana for medical use allows doctors to recommend the use of marijuana to treat certain conditions, which differ from state to state.

Can MMJ Be Made Illegal Again In My State?

It’s important to understand that, as previously mentioned, the federal government still considers marijuana illegal. In fact, according to the federal government, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has, in their eyes, no medical use with an increased potential for abuse. That puts it in the same category as other drugs such as heroin, and in a more restrictive category than drugs such as methamphetamines and cocaine, which are Schedule 2.

 

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Image by Wesley Gibbs on Unsplash: Will I always have access to MMJ in my state, you may ask? Chances are good that many states will only continue to move forward with MMJ legislation.

 

At any time, Congress could legalize marijuana, but as it stands now it’s a question answered state by state. If you live in a state with medical marijuana, legal marijuana, or even decriminalized marijuana, the laws can change at any time with a bill approved by the state’s government.

Marijuana has an interesting history. So can a state recriminalize medical marijuana? Well, while there’s always a chance of history repeating itself and local and state laws sliding backward, the current climate points toward more states getting on the legalization train.

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Ways Medical Marijuana Laws Have Changed In Response To Coronavirus

Sales of medical marijuana have not died down amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, many medical marijuana patients have stocked up on supplies as many people have stocked up on toilet paper and other important household goods. Understandably, they’re afraid of a disruption in the supply chain that would keep them from accessing the MMJ they use for treatment. Some are even exploring growing their own medical marijuana for the first time.

There are certainly tough decisions ahead for many communities. If you’re a medical marijuana user, you may be wondering, “How has COVID-19 affected the medical marijuana industry?”. While the information is constantly changing, there are some important things to be aware of. Here’s how medical marijuana laws have changed in response to coronavirus.

COVID-19 Response In States With Medical Marijuana

What has changed depends largely upon where you live and your state’s answer to the question, “Are MMJ dispensaries an essential service?” In California, for example, many local governments consider marijuana an essential medicine for residents. Dispensaries are continuing to operate as essential businesses as long as they have a medicinal cannabis license. The same is true in places such as Colorado and Illinois.

In Michigan, medical marijuana laws surrounding delivery restrictions have been loosened, and the state is allowing for temporary curbside pickup in an effort to reduce contact between people. And in Nevada, medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to stay open but must adhere to a precise set of social distancing protocols established by the state. However, in Iowa, dispensaries are allowing temporary curbside pickup, but home delivery is still not an option.

To check what is happening in your state and stay up to date with current information, you should check the website of the governmental body that oversees medical marijuana licensing and distribution.

 

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Image by WildOne on Pixabay: Make sure to check into how medical marijuana laws have changed in response to coronavirus in your state.

Can You Still Apply For An MMJ Card During Lockdown?

What if you’re in the process of applying for a medical marijuana card? The good news is that in many states, this process has not been shut down either.

Arkansas, for example, is still processing medical marijuana applications and extending expiration dates due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Maryland has taken steps to authorize telehealth sessions for those seeking written certification renewal and extending the agent registrations that have been set to expire within 30 days of the state’s emergency order.

It seems as if states with legal medical marijuana are doing what they can to ensure that patients still have access to licenses. Again, you should check with the local licensing agency in your state to find out exactly what you must do to qualify for an MMJ card.

I Have A Compromised Immune System – Can I Still Get MMJ During The COVID-19 Lockdown?

If you are a medical marijuana patient and you need access to supplies but are considered high risk for COVID-19 because of a compromised immune system, there still may be ways to get what you need.

As mentioned, many states with MMJ have addressed this concern, allowing for delivery or curbside pickup. Some options that may be available in your state include:

  • Online ordering and delivery. Many states allow you to order over the phone to arrange for pickup or delivery. Jump online to find out what is available to you in your area.
  • Telemedicine. If you need to consult with a medical provider, many places allow you to skip face-to-face visits with medical providers for renewals or even new MMJ cards.

Better Sanitation Protocols

The answer to “Have MMJ laws been relaxed during coronavirus lockdown?” is yes in a lot of cases – but when it comes to sanitation, things have been taken up a level. Dispensaries across the board have been stepping up their sanitation protocols during the pandemic.

If you need to physically go to a dispensary to access your MMJ, you can bet that social distancing is enforced along with increased cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and the use of personal protective equipment by staff and other patrons. Many dispensaries have even implemented special hours for the elderly and those that are at higher risk during the pandemic. Check to see if your local dispensary is among those that offer this service.

 

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Image by Cheifyc on Pixabay: MMJ dispensaries are an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic

How To Take Care Of Yourself During COVID-19 Lockdown

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not expected to go without your medical marijuana, but you should also do what you can when you go out to protect yourself and your health. Make sure to stay at least six feet from people when entering a dispensary and wear a mask or facial covering if it’s been deemed essential in your state in order to go out in public. Make sure to wash your hands frequently as well – this is one of the best things you can do to limit your exposure.

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Am I Able to Grow More MMJ At Home During COVID-19 Lockdown?

We’re all living with a crazy amount of uncertainty these days. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shown us that we simply can’t predict how much the world will change from one day to the next. One thing that is for certain is that medical marijuana (MMJ) patients will still need cannabis to help treat their physical or emotional medical conditions. As an MMJ cardholder, you’re probably concerned that you won’t be able to access all the MMJ products you need because the majority of the country is on lockdown or quarantined. Some people are feeling the need to stockpile to ensure they don’t run out. So if you’re wondering, “Am I able to grow more MMJ at home during COVID-19 lockdown?”, read the info below.

Can I grow with a medical card?

There are currently 33 states (plus Washington D.C.) that have legalized medical marijuana. That means if you’re a card-carrying MMJ patient, you can legally purchase the MMJ products you need to help with your symptoms. So, how many plants can you grow with a medical card? The answer is complicated. There are some states (such as New York and North Dakota) that do not permit patients to grow any of their own plants at home – they must purchase their products at licensed dispensaries only.

 

In the states where MMJ patients are permitted to grow and cultivate cannabis, the amount can vary widely. Each state has a limit, ranging from four all the way up to 12 plants that can be grown on an individual’s own property. There are sometimes restrictions that limit the number of mature plants vs. seedlings that you’re allowed to grow as well. Your best bet before deciding to grow any plants is to research the laws in the state where you live.

 

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Image by Christina Winter on Unsplash: MMJ patients should check with their own state’s restrictions to determine how much product they can grow.

How much MMJ can I grow at home during lockdown?

Because of the current pandemic and the government’s orders for most Americans to remain at home, you’re probably asking, “Can I grow more MMJ at home during coronavirus?” The answer to this is also a bit tricky. At this time, there has not been any immediate legislation passed to change the amount of MMJ that a person is allowed to grow during this time. Although there might be some areas where patients are finding it harder to access dispensaries, there isn’t really anything new in terms of how much cannabis you’re allowed to grow.

This isn’t to say that law enforcement might not be more relaxed with grow limits; there could be some entities that understand that everyone is just trying to get through this difficult time with the resources they depend upon to manage their health. But your best bet is to not assume that you can get away with growing more marijuana than usual. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this situation, so don’t automatically assume you can avoid penalties if you’re not sticking to the grow limits in your state.

How else can you get MMJ during lockdown?

There are other ways to get your MMJ products if you’re concerned about grow limitations. At this time, many dispensaries are still open, especially ones located in larger cities. In fact, many of them have been permitted to stay open since they’ve been deemed “essential services” in areas of California, New Jersey, and some other states. This means the government is recognizing that individuals rely on these businesses in a major way to help with their medical conditions.

Even if your dispensary is no longer operating during normal business hours or might not have the entire dispensary open for customers, many of these businesses are providing curbside pick-upws so you don’t even have to get out of your car to pick up your MMJ products. Some dispensaries are going the extra mile to be even more helpful to their customers by offering home deliveries to MMJ patients. This is great for customers who might already have found it difficult to leave their homes (a difficulty that is only magnified during this crisis).

 

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Image by Ndispensable on Unsplash: It might be possible for you to still get your MMJ products from local dispensaries, even during the lockdown.

 

Some local governments (e.g. Boston) have stated that they’ll allow MMJ patients to purchase more product during this time, in case they’re quarantined for many weeks. With this stipulation, patients can purchase a tad bit more cannabis than they normally would, such as a 60-day supply versus a 30-day one. It does seem as though some patients are taking advantage of this relaxed law, since many dispensaries are reporting an increase in their sales over the last couple of weeks. If you want to make sure you don’t run out of your MMJ products, you can research your state’s specific policies and see whether you’d be permitted to purchase more than you normally do (if you’re not wanting to grow your own plants).

If you’re concerned about not being able to get what you need from a dispensary, you might have the option of growing your own plants if it’s permitted in your state. Try to be conscious of how quickly you’re using up your supply during the pandemic; you might be able to have your products last longer by changing up the way you’re ingesting them, such as switching to edibles or tinctures that might last longer. Make sure to ask your doctor if you’re thinking of making any changes to your cannabis regimen. They might even be able to make some suggestions on how to make your supply last for a longer period of time with the same amount of efficacy.

Local dispensaries are another great resource during this time. Employees can help give you tips on how to maximize your MMJ supplies to last you during this lockdown period. Above all else, when in doubt, follow your state’s legislation and continue using your MMJ products to effectively treat your medical symptoms.

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What’s The Legal Amount Of Medical Marijuana Buds I Can Possess?

“How many MMJ buds can I legally possess?” is a question every medical marijuana patient needs to know the answer to. Possession of medical marijuana buds is legal in an ever-growing number of states. Colorado blazed a trail with early legalization of MMJ, and by 2018 even more traditionally conservative states such as Oklahoma have legalized medicinal marijuana and implemented liberal MMJ programs. But the law on possession of MMJ buds is not uniform across all legal MMJ states.

Laws On Possession Of MMJ Buds Vary From State To State

The legal amount of marijuana buds for possession can be a tricky subject, as information is always very state-specific. The rules about the amount of MMJ buds you can possess at a time are different in each state and range from only 1 ounce in Alaska to 24 ounces in Oregon and Washington. A majority of states allow 2 ounces, but it is always important to check with the authorities in your home state to find out exactly how many MMJ buds you can legally possess at a time.

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Image by futurefilmworks on Pixabay: Law on possession of MMJ buds varies state by state.

What Is The Law On Possession Of Medical Marijuana Buds?

The law on possession of MMJ buds can be complex. The various laws cover issues such as how many buds a person can possess; how many plants a person can cultivate at home; where dispensaries can be located and what specific products they can sell; what medical conditions qualify a person for legal cannabis buds possession; and when and how an MMJ card needs to be renewed.

Each state’s MMJ program has different rules and regulations on these topics. When you become a medical marijuana card holder, it is essential that you educate yourself on the specific MMJ laws in your home state, as they are sure to have their own nuances and bespoke elements. A clear understanding of the law on possession of medical marijuana buds will make using your state’s MMJ program easy and hassle-free.

How Is The Law On Possession Of MMJ Buds Different To Laws For Recreational Marijuana?

Some states, such as California, have legalized medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. If you live in one of these states, it is still beneficial to have a medical marijuana card if you have a qualifying health condition. This is because laws on possession amounts, the number of plants you can legally cultivate at home, and even the types of products available can be different for MMJ card holders.

Traveling With Your Medical Marijuana Buds

Traveling with your medical marijuana buds is complicated. There are many legal grey areas that can trip people up. Marijuana is still illegal at a federal level, and MMJ is still illegal in almost half the states in the country.

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Image by JESHOOTS on Pixabay: Traveling with your MMJ can be a legal minefield.

Are There Any Rules On Crossing State Lines With MMJ Buds?

Crossing state lines with your medical marijuana buds means you are breaking federal law, even if you are traveling between two legal MMJ states. Confusingly, some airports in legal MMJ states do not confiscate marijuana, while others do. If you are traveling and you would like to take your medical marijuana with you, it is very important that you contact the relevant authorities in all of the locations you will be passing through. Failing to check before you travel could result in you losing your medical marijuana or, even worse, having to pay a fine or even being prosecuted.

Remember To Stay Within The Legal Amount Of Marijuana Buds For Possession

All states have a limit to the amount of medical marijuana you can possess at any given time. Even states with legal recreational marijuana have limits on how much marijuana a person can possess, how much they can cultivate, what age a person has to be in order to use marijuana, where it is legal to use marijuana, and what forms of marijuana can be used.

Not staying on the right side of these medical marijuana laws can result in, at best, having your marijuana consisted, and at worst, prosecution. Always do your homework and keep abreast of the details of the medical marijuana laws in your home state.

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card

Getting a medical marijuana card is a simple process in most states. Although some have tighter rules regarding who qualifies to get an MMJ card, the process of getting a medical marijuana card is the same in all states. The easiest way to go about it is to have an online consultation with a local licensed medical professional who can recommend you for an MMJ card.

What Are The Qualifying Conditions For An MMJ Card?

The qualifying conditions for an MMJ card vary state by state. In the majority of states there is a list of qualifying conditions that commonly includes: cachexia; cancer; glaucoma; hepatitis C; chronic pain; nausea; epilepsy; seizures; multiple sclerosis; Crohn’s disease; and Alzheimer’s disease. In the most liberal MMJ states, such as Oklahoma, a doctor can recommend MMJ for any medical condition that they believe will benefit from MMJ use.

MMJ can massively improve your quality of life. But it is essential that you stay on the right side of your state’s MMJ laws, and this involves knowing exactly how many MMJ buds it is legal to possess. So always consult with your local authorities, because the legal amount of MMJ buds, as well as many other MMJ laws, is unique in each state.

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4 Reasons Why MMJ Patients Are Allowed To Possess More Marijuana Than The General Public

The laws surrounding marijuana, both for medicinal and recreational use, are constantly changing and differ from state to state. However, there are still some very straightforward advantages to having a medical marijuana (MMJ) card. One of the biggest benefits is that typically, MMJ patients can possess more marijuana than those who are using it recreationally. That means that an MMJ card increases legal possession of marijuana in states where recreational marijuana is now legal (such as in the state of California).

Medical marijuana recommendation and possession

There are currently 11 states that have legalized recreational marijuana in the US:

  • Washington
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

These states have also legalized medical cannabis possession with a recommendation from a physician. In these states, even though recreational marijuana use is legal, there’s still a benefit to owning an MMJ card, because it means you’re allowed to possess more cannabis product than the general public. For example, in California, recreational users are only permitted to carry one ounce of flower or eight grams of cannabis concentrates at one time. Edibles are restricted to only 10mg of individual doses being carried at a time. However, with an MMJ card, patients are able to buy and carry up to eight ounces of flower and no limit on concentrates. Medical marijuana users also don’t have to pay sales tax on their MMJ purchases. Some of these regulations can differ from state to state, so it’s crucial that an individual interested in becoming an MMJ card holder looks into these laws before buying or possessing cannabis products.

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Image by Get Budding on Unsplash: MMJ patients can possess more marijuana product than recreational users.

In the remaining states that still have a ban on recreational marijuana use, MMJ patients have the benefit of having access to and growing their own cannabis products legally. In Oklahoma, MMJ possession with a card is legal, and people are permitted to possess up to three ounces of marijuana, six mature plants, six seedling plants, one ounce of concentrated marijuana, 72 ounces of edible marijuana, and up to eight ounces of marijuana in their residence. Individuals without an MMJ card are prohibited from possessing any marijuana.

Why MMJ patients can possess more marijuana

There are many reasons why MMJ patients are afforded more benefits by having an MMJ card. Here are some examples of why MMJ card holders need to have access to more marijuana products than other recreational users.

1. For travel purposes

Because MMJ users consume marijuana products for help with specific medical conditions, they need to be able to take their MMJ products with them if they’re going to be gone for an extended period of time. Thus, they often need to stock up and possess larger quantities of marijuana to pack for their trip. It’s crucial that they have enough product to help with their medical symptoms while they’re traveling.

2. In case they can’t get to a dispensary

Folks struggling with physical illnesses often find it difficult to make it in-person to a dispensary. They also might have issues with mobility because of their medical condition or don’t have proper transportation that can get them to a dispensary. Dispensaries might also be far in distance, have inconvenient hours, or are just generally inaccessible. For these reasons, MMJ cardholders can benefit from purchasing larger quantities of product than a recreational user would need. That way they can stock up on the products they need without having to worry about when they can get back to a dispensary in person.

3. Need to try multiple strains

MMJ patients often need to try several different strains to figure out which is the most effective in alleviating their symptoms. They might need to sample more than one strain before they arrive at the right one for the treatment of their particular ailments. Having larger quantities of product makes it much easier for them to sample different strains at one time without having to keep going back to a dispensary for other strain options.

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Image by Shane Rounce on Unsplash: Individuals may need to try different MMJ strains to determine which one is right for them.

4. Need to try different forms

There’s also a trial-and-error process for patients to determine which form of MMJ product (tincture, vaping, edibles, etc.) is the best for their specific needs. MMJ cardholders often need to experiment with different forms of MMJ and being allowed to possess larger quantities of cannabis lets them do this without any legal repercussions.

If individuals have a medical condition that could qualify them for an MMJ card, they can head to MMJRecs to get evaluated by a doctor. The team can do the whole assessment virtually, so the patient doesn’t have to worry about the inconvenience of leaving the house. If the patient does qualify, MMJRecs can provide an official medical marijuana recommendation, ID card, and grower’s permit all for one flat rate. With a valid MMJ card, patients can have access to all of the many benefits of being a card holder, including the right to possess more marijuana than the general public. This can make things easier for all of the reasons listed above. Even in states with legal recreational marijuana use, having an MMJ card can be a huge lifesaver!

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What’s The Legal Amount Of Medical Marijuana I Can Grow?

Medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states. Well, we say legal, but in fact marijuana is still defined as a Schedule 1 drug, making it an illegal substance under federal law. Luckily, though, each state has been given leeway in deciding how marijuana – both medical and recreational – can be grown and used. So you can rest assured that if you know the rules that apply in your particular state, and you obey them, there won’t be any feds knocking at your door. If you live in a state where MMJ is legal, then you might be wondering how to grow medical cannabis and asking yourself questions like, “How much marijuana can I legally grow?”

What is the legal amount of MMJ to grow?

Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer when it comes to the legal amount of marijuana to grow. Firstly, you are obviously not allowed to grow MMJ at all in a state where it’s illegal. In the states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes, the rules vary quite considerably. The following are some examples of rules from several different states: anyone over the age of 21 can grow up to 6 marijuana plants, where only 3 of the 6 can be mature and flowering at any one time; a house containing several adults over the age of 21 can only grow a maximum of 12 plants; medical marijuana is legal, but it can only be bought from a dispensary and not home-grown; a qualifying patient may grow his or her own medical marijuana, but only if you live more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary.

So, to be clear, these are just some of the rules from only a handful of states. Therefore, it’s important that you determine exactly the legal amount of MMJ to grow in your own state so that you are not breaking the law. We’ve said that the feds are pretty laidback about the rules, but many marijuana arrests are made under state law. It’s a fairly general rule that you can’t grow more than 12 plants per household adult over the age of 21.

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Image by Aphiwat chuangchoem on Pexels: If you’re wondering “How much marijuana can I legally grow?”, it’s always best to check your particular state’s rules and regulations.

How to grow medical cannabis

It’s a good idea to learn a few basics about how to grow medical cannabis before you begin. First of all, it’s important to choose the right strain. Hopefully the medical expert who recommended you for your MMJ card will have suggested the best strain for your particular condition, but if not, do seek out advice on this before you purchase your seeds. Outdoor planting and cultivation is easier, cheaper, and better for the seeds, as they will respond quickly to the sun during the day and the dark at night. Some states, however, don’t allow you to grow your MMJ outdoors, so again check the situation in your own state.

If you have to grow the plants indoors, you will need to invest in a light of some sort. It’s true that medical marijuana can grow in total darkness, but the plants respond best to plenty of light and hydration. They also respond well to fertilizer, particularly during the initial growth period. Using a fertilizer with a high nitrogen content during this phase will result in speedy growth. Once the plant starts to flower, change to a phosphate and potassium fertilizer, which will encourage the buds to grow. For more tips on how to grow medical cannabis, the rules governing growing MMJ in California may be of help.

Are there different laws for growing MMJ versus recreational marijuana?

In some states where marijuana has been legalized for recreational as well as medical purposes, you may be allowed to grow it for both uses. Again, you will need to check the rules pertaining to your own particular state, but if you wish to grow cannabis with MMJ recommendation, you’re generally allowed to grow more than you would for recreational use. This is because the states in question recognize the need for MMJ and wish to take care of their legitimate MMJ card holders. Growing marijuana for medical purposes means that you are far more likely to just want it for your own use, whereas recreational users might be more tempted to sell it if they’re given free rein on how much they can cultivate.

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Image by Quinn Kampschroer from Pixabay: Be sure you know the best practice for how to grow medical cannabis.

Do I need an MMJ card to grow marijuana for medical use?

If you wish to take advantage of your state’s rules governing the cultivation of MMJ, then you must have a valid MMJ card. There are many conditions that qualify people for a card, including but not limited to: anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and various chronic illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. You can check out a full list of qualifying disorders here on MMJRecs.

If you don’t already have a card and think you might qualify, we can offer you a relaxed, stress-free assessment with one of our medical experts. These assessments generally take less than 20 minutes and can be done via telemedicine, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your house or enduring a face-to-face evaluation. If our expert decides that you qualify, your card will be dispatched immediately so you can start purchasing your MMJ from a dispensary or begin the process of cultivation, once you have determined the legal amount of marijuana to grow in your state.

Growing your own MMJ is definitely a more convenient and economic way of ensuring that you always have your favorite strain to hand. Just be sure that you are knowledgeable about the absolute best way to grow medical cannabis and of the legal amount of marijuana to grow, so that you stay on the right side of the law.

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What Are The New Changes Made By The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority In 2019?

Oklahoma legalized medical marijuana in 2018, but now some big changes are coming to the program through the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. If you live in Oklahoma, now is the time to familiarize yourself with these new rules and regulations so you can take full advantage of the medical marijuana program in your state. Here’s what you need to know about medical marijuana in Oklahoma for the rest of 2019 and beyond.

The Changes to Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma in 2019 and 2020

The new rules passed in House Bill 2612 over the summer roll out changes for both patients and purveyors of medical marijuana alike. For patients, these changes include:

  • Firearms – According to federal law, illegal drug users cannot lawfully own guns. In Oklahoma, medical marijuana patients have the right to own firearms despite what the federal government says.
  • Discrimination – The new law allows employers in professions such as hazardous materials handling, firefighting, and heavy machine operating to consider the medical marijuana status of the patients when hiring. For patients in other professions where safety is not an issue, employers are not allowed to discriminate based on the employee’s status of testing positive for THC or having a license to use medical marijuana.
  • Disabled veterans – The new rules allow veterans that are 100% disabled to pay the reduced $20 fee for a medical marijuana license. This is down from the standard $100 fee.

For businesses, a few new rules apply as well, including:

  • Certificate of compliance requirement – When applying for a business, certificates of compliance must be included for zoning in their jurisdictions as well as compliance of waste, building, and fire code. Review of applications now works on a 90-day timeline.
  • Tracking – Businesses must have a sort of seed-to-sale tracking system in place that will help to reduce the chance of product diversion onto the black market.
  • Updated packaging requirements – The new rules also require information to be placed on medical marijuana products that note the potency of the product as well as if it’s been tested for contamination.
  • Sales – Licensed growers can now sell flower, clones, and seeds to other licensed growers. Licensed dispensaries can also sell to other licensed dispensaries.

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As well as MMJ patients, dispensary owners need to be up-to-date on the new changes in Oklahoma medical marijuana laws.

New Licenses Available from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority

There are five brand new license categories for medical marijuana in Oklahoma under HB 2612. These are:

  • Short-term patient – A patient who meets the requirements of a two-year license but only needs to utilize medical marijuana for a short amount of time can now qualify for a 60-day license.
  • Education facility – This license allows nonprofits to educate people about growing, packaging, processing, and testing of medical marijuana.
  • Testing laboratory – These licenses are for laboratories that test medical marijuana.
  • Transporter – Standalone transporters of medical marijuana can now have a license for storage and distribution.
  • Transporter agent – This license is in addition to the transporter license to be able to transport marijuana, not simply store and distribute.

The Impact of New Rules to Medical Marijuana in 2019 and Beyond

These new rules will have the largest impact on employers in Oklahoma – in a very positive way. In “safety-sensitive” positions, employers will now have recourse to take action against or even terminate someone they believe to be under the influence of marijuana on the job. But employers also cannot discriminate against someone based on their positive test for marijuana when they legally obtain medical marijuana as an MMJ patient.

Of course, protections for users of medical marijuana were strengthened by the new rules as well. Registered users of medical marijuana cannot be denied access to firearms or public assistance due to their medical cannabis use. And don’t forget that disabled veterans can now pay less to obtain a medical marijuana license.

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There are many positive impacts of the new rules implemented by the OK Medical Marijuana Authority

How to Qualify Under OK Medical Marijuana Authority Rules

If you have yet to take advantage of medical marijuana in Oklahoma in 2019 but are interested, you must be 18 years old to qualify for the medical marijuana program and be evaluated by a licensed physician or podiatrist. If a minor suffers from a condition deemed by a doctor to benefit from use of MMJ, then the legal guardian, parent, or caregiver can get two separate physicians to fill out Medical Marijuana Recommendation forms within 30 days of other another, then apply for the license.

You must prove you are a resident of Oklahoma by proving a state-issued ID card or driver’s license. A valid United States passport can also serve as proof of residency.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority may have changed a few things this summer, but the goal remains the same: to get medical marijuana to the people who benefit from it. Learn about these new changes in Oklahoma medical marijuana and take advantage of all your state has to offer.

Will Legalizing Medical Marijuana Bring More Money Into Oklahoma?

The process of rolling out medical marijuana laws has typically taken years for most states. California was the first to introduce provisions back in the late 90s, and was one of the pioneers of the medical cannabis movement. But in 2019, only 33 states have legalized the drug medically. New York is a prime example, where an exhaustive campaign for MMJ legalization has resulted in a stalemate of sorts, with neither side coming out on top. Other states have also seen legalization move at a glacial pace. Oklahoma, however, has proved to be an exception. MMJ laws have moved through the state at lightning pace, with the program largely established statewide since MMJ was approved in June 2018. Legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma has proved to be a surprisingly straightforward task; but will it bring in more money?

The laws introduced last June have proved to be some of the most liberal in the whole country. While other states have flip-flopped over the technicalities of dispensary numbers and smoking in public, Oklahoma has provided some of the most lenient guidelines to date. This is especially surprising seeing as Oklahoma has a reputation for being one of the nation’s more conservative states. Conversely, New York, with its more liberal reputation, has set up one of the most conservative MMJ programs so far. Even though consensus might have expected the reverse, Oklahoma has proved to be an MMJ hotbed, with business positively booming and showing no signs of slowing down.

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Despite having a more conservative reputation, Oklahoma has been one of the most progressive states when it comes to medical marijuana.

Retail outlets in the state opened just four months after the new Oklahoma MMJ laws were put through. Entrepreneurs and farmers were soon clamoring to start commercial growing operations. Licenses and MMJ cards are being issued to new patients at a frenetic pace, with the industry coming into its own completely independently. This stands in stark contrast to Oklahoma’s neighboring state of Ohio. They approved MMJ all the way back in 2016, but have yet to actually sell any officially. This is largely due to legal setbacks and manoeuvring. Even California, with its trailblazing record on the marijuana front, has not been able to roll out its plan as quickly and effectively as advocates hoped.

One of the keys to the rapid success of medical marijuana in Oklahoma is that lawmakers have not introduced a list of qualifying conditions. This list dictates which medical conditions can qualify legally for MMJ. Virtually every other state has them. By leaving these out, Oklahoma’s governors have expedited the applications process, opening the doors to thousands of residents as a result. 22,000 applications were approved in the six-month period following the legalization bill. Thousands more followed through in 2019. Close to a thousand dispensaries have opened up, and over a thousand commercial growers have been licensed. In other words, business is booming.

All this business is great news for Oklahoma’s government. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax have already been collected thanks to MMJ, with much more set to come rolling in as the program expands. A 7% portion of every medical marijuana sale goes to the state, with around $5 million of MMJ being sold since it was introduced last June. The government recently announced plans to first put a portion of this revenue back into the health department’s regulatory office budget. After that, 75% will be applied to education, while the remaining 25% will fund drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. This is great news for Oklahoma, who are proving just how valuable legalizing medical marijuana can be to states as a previously untapped stream of revenue.

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One of the keys to Oklahoma’s rapid success is that lawmakers have not introduced a list of qualifying conditions.

In addition, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is also seeing a huge upswing in revenue. The number of applicants for MMJ cards keeps on rising. As of February this year, the OMMA had taken a huge $13.2 million dollars in application fees. This money will be put back into the program, meaning more resources, staff, and initiatives for Oklahoma’s burgeoning MMJ scene. Combined with the Oklahoma MMJ tax, the state is setting an impressive standard for both efficiency and profitability in the MMJ arena. Other states, many of whom are stalling on their MMJ rollout and are seeing no taxation benefit because of it, will likely sit up and take notice.

The will of the people is clearly at work in Oklahoma. Although it’s considered a conservative state, when the idea of medical marijuana was put to vote, the right-leaning politicians in the state had to reassess their viewpoints. After the initial June ballot, which passed MMJ laws overwhelmingly, the Oklahoma State Board of Health attempted to introduce a series of restrictive measures. This was met with outrage from the general public. They rightly criticized their government for immediately trying to backtrack on a democratic vote with a clear majority. Even the state’s Republican Attorney General weighed in with an opinion that the Board of Health had gone too far.

As new patient numbers continue to rise and the government continues to see success from its MMJ taxation policy, we can all expect the success of medical marijuana in Oklahoma to continue. Hopefully other states will look to imitate OK’s rapid and effective implementation, opening the MMJ doors to more and more potential patients all over the country.

Oklahoma And MMJ In 2019: The Story So Far

An OK MMJ card has finally become available. Oklahoma was a slow adopter of medical marijuana, and only a short while ago many pro-MMJ advocates in the state believed legalization may never come. But, in the space of only twelve months, everything has changed. Oklahoma has now joined the MMJ revolution… and it has done so with gusto!

“Is MMJ legal in Oklahoma yet?” has been a much-asked question throughout the country over the past few years. The question might originally have seemed ironic, the implication being that the traditionally conservative state would be the last state likely to legalize MMJ – and if it ever did that would be evidence that MMJ had become thoroughly accepted.

Over the past decade, a cascade of American states have been legalizing medical cannabis, but many Oklahomans were not holding their breath. But things changed with surprising speed. In June of 2018 Oklahomans were asked to vote on State Question 788. The citizens of Oklahoma voted to legalize MMJ in the Sooner State.

The history of medical marijuana in Oklahoma is barren. Cannabis has tended to be viewed largely as a recreational substance in the state. But the mountains of evidence that show how beneficial MMJ is for patients, as well as the copious business opportunities that legal MMJ can open up, have changed the minds of many Oklahomans.

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Read on for all you need to know about Oklahoma and MMJ!

When was MMJ Legalized in OK?

As mentioned, there is very little history of medical marijuana in Oklahoma. The state has always tended to take a conservation stance on such matters. An OK MMJ card seemed unlikely to ever come into existence at many times over the last few years. Despite the canvassing of pro-MMJ patients, scientists and medical professionals, local politicians, and state legislators were slow to be convinced of the merits of pushing for legal MMJ.

But while change came slowly, it did come. In June of 2018 Oklahomans were proposed State Question 788. The citizenry spoke and 57% decided that “…the licensed sale, use, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medical purposes” should be allowed.

Once the Yes vote was confirmed, Oklahoma’s MMJ program was rolled out with usual speed. Dispensaries opened their doors just four months after legalization. The state now has one of the country’s most liberal medical cannabis programs, and the MMJ industry in Oklahoma is booming.

What has the Reception for Legal MMJ in OK Been Like?

The attitude of Oklahomans towards medical marijuana in 2019 is mostly positive. The state’s ethos has traditionally been one of independence. Oklahomans do not like to have too much governmental interference in their affairs. Freedom from big government is an important and engrained value in Oklahoma. This attitude has allowed one of the most liberal and non-intrusive MMJ programs in the country to come into effect very quickly.

There are fewer rules and regulations in the Oklahoma MMJ program and a lot of freedom for patients, medical professionals and, the industry to choose how they operate in the MMJ space.

Oklahoma has even been called the “wild, wild West” of the MMJ world!

Will MMJ Stay Legalized in OK?

The 2019 MMJ laws in Oklahoma are very forward-looking and liberal. The state has caught the MMJ ball and is running with it with the gusto of an Oklahoma Sooners running back charging toward the Texas Longhorns’ end zone! Given the speed at which the program has been rolled out, and the enthusiasm of local businesspeople, physicians, and patients, it is very difficult to imagine any backtracking happening on the part of local politicians or legislators.

How Does Legal MMJ Affect the Push for Legalized Recreational Marijuana in OK?

While MMJ is now well and truly legal in Oklahoma, recreational marijuana is still illegal. An OK MMJ card does not qualify a person to obtain cannabis for recreational purposes.

Given the relative flexibility of Oklahoma’s MMJ laws – medical cannabis is available for any medical condition that a medical professional deems it will be helpful – it is possible that the push to legalize recreational cannabis in the state may lose its potency.

However, it is also possible that once Oklahomans get accustomed to having plentiful MMJ, that they will decide that cannabis is harmless and decide to legalize recreational use.

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It’s unknown what the approach to legalizing recreational marijuana will be like, but for the meantime, those wishing to use medical marijuana in Oklahoma have it pretty good.

How Can People Get MMJ in Oklahoma?

It is relatively easy to get MMJ in OK. A patient only needs to have a consultation with a medical professional. This can be done very quickly and easily online. There is no formal list of qualifying medical conditions for use of MMJ in Oklahoma. A medical professional can authorize MMJ use for any medical condition that he or she believes would be improved by the use of medical marijuana.

An OK MMJ card can be used in any dispensary in the state. There are currently plenty of dispensaries in Oklahoma – 1,500 at last count, and rising! Home cultivation of MMJ is allowed in the state.

So, legal MMJ was slow to arrive in Oklahoma. But when it came, it came with a bang! Oklahomans have embraced the MMJ revolution, but now they are lucky to live in a state with one of the most progressive and liberal MMJ programs in the entire United States.

What Is The Legal Status Of Medical Marijuana In Oklahoma?

Oklahoma has joined a number of states throughout the United States that have legalized medical marijuana (MMJ). Because of its legality, MMJ products have been able to help a growing number of people who can find health benefits from using marijuana. Check out the info below to help you learn all you can about Oklahoma and MMJ laws.

Is MMJ legal in Oklahoma?

Although recreational marijuana is still illegal in Oklahoma, in August 2018, the state made medical marijuana legal. Since then, there has been a surge in people applying for MMJ cards, with over 151,000 people (about 3.5% of the state’s population) signing up for MMJ licenses. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), the board that authorizes MMJ cards, has seen its offices overwhelmed with MMJ applications – sometimes receiving as many as 3,500 a week! In fact, OK MMJ laws have led to the state having more MMJ users per capita than any other state in the U.S. In general, Oklahoma residents are happy about the changes in the law. Because MMJ products can be useful for a variety of conditions (including everything from cancer and glaucoma to HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s), many people are taking full advantage of medical marijuana being legalized to help alleviate or eradicate painful or bothersome symptoms they experience.

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If you’ve been wondering “Is MMJ legal in Oklahoma?”, the answer is a resounding yes!

Will MMJ laws in Oklahoma change?

There have been some minor tweaks to the MMJ laws in Oklahoma in recent months. In August 2019, Oklahoma veterans with a permanent disability only have to pay $20 for their MMJ card (rather than the standard $100 fee). Additionally, law enforcement now has electronic access to the information that’s on an individual’s MMJ card (such as their picture and unique 24-digit ID number). The state will also be rolling out changes to the programs that work with laboratory testing, electronic tracking systems, and short-term licenses in order to better regulate and oversee MMJ usage. Because lawmakers are working to amend the laws rather than completely dismantle them, it seems likely that the legislation making MMJ legal is likely to stay in place. There are still basic laws about growing, cultivating, and using MMJ products, including that you are permitted to possess:

  • Up to 8 ounces of marijuana in your residence
  • Up to 3 ounces of marijuana on your person outside of the home
  • Up to 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
  • Up to 72 ounces of edibles
  • Up to 6 mature plants
  • Up to 6 seedling plants

Even with a valid MMJ card, you are not legally allowed to buy MMJ any place besides a state-licensed dispensary (so purchasing from a dealer or another MMJ cardholder is prohibited!)

It’s also not very likely the state will reverse MMJ legality anytime soon because the state is seeing major growth in the number of dispensaries being opened (with around 1,500 dispensary licenses being approved since MMJ was legalized). With increased sales of MMJ products (of upwards of $23 million in sales a month), Oklahoma is also earning state and local taxes to the estimated tune of $2 million a month. More money in state coffers means they’re less likely to head down the route of making MMJ illegal again. In fact, there’s a good chance that the selling and usage of MMJ will only continue to be more accepted in the state (by both MMJ patients and lawmakers alike).

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Be sure to know all you can about OK MMJ laws before you utilize medical marijuana in the state.

How do I get my OK MMJ card?

You’ll want to get your own MMJ card if you have a medical condition that qualifies you to use MMJ products. In order to apply for one, you can go to omma.ok.gov to get an application. You’ll also need a medical professional to help you complete your application; they’ll need to verify that you do have a health issue with symptoms that could be improved with the usage of MMJ. If you don’t have a medical professional to turn to, you can always use the services of MMJRecs. You’ll also need to pay the $100 application fee and provide proof of residency and proof of identification (more details can be found on the OMMA website about this).

If you’re caught by law enforcement with marijuana and you don’t have a valid MMJ card, you could face consequences of a misdemeanor charge of up to one year in prison (if you’re carrying less than 1.5 ounces of cannabis) and a fine of up to $1,000. The charges and fines are much more serious for subsequent offences or for selling marijuana. Similarly, being caught with marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school or in the presence of a child under the age of 12 could mean you face double penalties. The amount of marijuana you’re carrying and the location you’re at when confronted by law enforcement could also impact your punishment. Make sure you have a legitimate MMJ card and always get it renewed every year to avoid getting caught with an invalid, expired card.

MMJ laws in Oklahoma are pretty similar to those of the other 32 states that have legalized it so far. With the growing number of people who are applying for MMJ cards, it’s likely the popularity and acceptance of medical marijuana will only just increase with time. To take advantage of the legal status of medical marijuana in Oklahoma, you can apply for your own MMJ card today.

What Strength of MMJ is Legal in Oklahoma?

If you’re considering using medical marijuana (MMJ) to help ease symptoms of a health problem you’re dealing with, you might be wondering, “Is MMJ legal in Oklahoma?”. The answer is yes! It can be a relatively easy process to use medical marijuana after obtaining an MMJ card. However, not being familiar with the different strengths and strains of marijuana products out there can cause confusion. Well, here’s some helpful information to help take the guesswork out of determining the legal marijuana strength in Oklahoma and which products you should be using.

First, MMJ products are typically divided into three categories:

  1. Indica – originates from the Hindu Kush mountains in India and has a relaxing effect; can also be used for chronic pain and insomnia
  2. Sativa – has more energizing effects; boosts energy levels and creativity
  3. Hybrid – a combination of these two types

From there, dispensaries can divide these three types into specific strains. The strains most popular in Oklahoma include Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, Durban Poison, Hindu Kush, Mazar Sharif, and Afghan Kush.

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Now the authorities have made MMJ legal in Oklahoma, there are plenty of varieties available to patients.

If you’re wondering “How strong is Oklahoma MMJ?”, you should get informed about the general strength of MMJ products. Unfortunately, determining the strength of MMJ products isn’t always completely straightforward. Although there should be a “total THC” number on the label of the product you’re buying (or what the dispensary lists it as), there’s no standard for calculating this and some dispensaries calculate the number in different ways. You just need to check out the actual amount of THC or CBD in the product, which can depend on the content of the product and the method you use to consume it. The highest strengths are usually between 10 and 35 total THC level (out of a percentage of the dry weight). The most common MMJ strength in Oklahoma ranges from 8% to 20% THC. However, if you decide you need something stronger, your local dispensary can probably assist you in finding the right strain and strength for your medical needs. Bottom line: the MMJ strength in Oklahoma that you need can be found pretty easily, especially as more state-licensed dispensaries are popping up throughout the state.

The MMJ laws in Oklahoma are pretty similar to the ones in other states in the U.S. where medical marijuana usage is legal. With a valid MMJ card, you are allowed to have:

  • Up to 8 ounces of marijuana in your home
  • Up to 3 ounces of marijuana on your person when you leave your residence
  • Up to 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
  • Up to 72 ounces of edibles
  • Up to 6 mature plants
  • Up to 6 seedling plants

This means that you’re permitted to grow and cultivate your own marijuana plants if you have an MMJ license. Please note: you are only legally allowed to purchase from state-licensed dispensaries in Oklahoma, which means you’re prohibited from buying any marijuana products from a dealer or another MMJ cardholder.

So, how do you figure out which plants to grow or which products to purchase? Your best bet is to have a consultation with someone who works at the nearest dispensary. Most employees are very knowledgeable about their products, including which particular strains and strengths would work the best to help with your symptoms. You can let them know exactly what you want to use MMJ for (everything from relief from nausea or inflammation to reduction of symptoms of glaucoma or Parkinson’s). They’ll be able to point you towards products that won’t be too strong for you, but that will still help alleviate your symptoms.

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Dispensary employees can usually help answer questions like “Which strand of MMJ is right for me?” and “How strong is Oklahoma MMJ?”

There are also some websites out there (like Leafly) that offer MMJ products that can be delivered to your home. This site is helpful because it allows you to easily compare various strains and strengths side by side. By seeing the THC content of each option, you can better tell which products will work best for you. Even just spending a little time doing research online can help point you towards the strength/strain that other people with your ailments have found helpful in the past.

The good thing about there being different strengths and strains of marijuana is that you don’t have to commit to just one. Experimenting with a variety of products can help you narrow down your search for the right product for your specific needs. Because pretty much all strengths and strains are legal in Oklahoma, you’re free to use whatever you wish as long as you have an MMJ card. If you don’t have an MMJ card already, you can apply for one through the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) at omma.ok.gov. You’ll also need to consult with a medical professional who can verify that you do have a health condition with symptoms that could be alleviated with the usage of MMJ. If you don’t have a medical professional to help with this, you can use the services of MMJRecs. They can connect you virtually to a licensed physician who can help you complete your application. You’ll also be required to pay a $100 application fee (or a discounted fee of $20 if you are on Medicaid SoonerCare or Medicare). As soon as you receive your official MMJ card, you can legally purchase MMJ products in Oklahoma.

Although it can be tricky to figure out which strain and strength of marijuana is right for you, you always have the option of getting advice from a local dispensary or try experimenting with different products. Once you find the perfect option for you, you’ll get all of the benefits of using MMJ in the great state of Oklahoma.

Is Recreational Marijuana Legal In Oklahoma?

These days the legality of marijuana varies from state to state. Medical marijuana (MMJ) is now legal in Oklahoma – but is recreational marijuana legal in Oklahoma? Currently, no – the use of recreational marijuana is still prohibited in the state. But there are constant changes to these laws, surrounding both recreational and MMJ use, so here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know.

Medical Marijuana Laws in Oklahoma

MMJ in Oklahoma was officially legalized back in August 2018. Since that time, more than 151,000 Oklahoma residents have applied for MMJ cards from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). This number means that about 3.5% of the state’s population now has MMJ licenses – with more MMJ patients per capita than any other state in the U.S. In order to get a valid MMJ card, you must have a qualifying condition that OMMA recognizes to demonstrate you have a need to use MMJ products. These common conditions can include (but are not limited to):

  • Cancer (or a similar illness that can possibly be terminal)
  • Parkinson’s
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

You also might experience symptoms from a variety of conditions that could be alleviated with the use of MMJ. These can include things like chronic pain, nausea, muscle spasms, or inflammation. In order to see if your condition qualifies, you should check with your physician or connect with OMMA before submitting your application for an MMJ card.

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Is marijuana legal in Oklahoma? That depends on the type of use.

MMJ laws in Oklahoma cover what a person with an MMJ card is able to legally do. After you’ve been issued an MMJ card, you are permitted to have:

  • Up to 8 ounces of marijuana in your residence
  • Up to 3 ounces of marijuana with you outside of your home
  • Up to 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
  • Up to 72 ounces of edible marijuana (also known as edibles)
  • Up to 6 mature plants
  • Up to 6 seedling plants.

These laws, therefore, permit you to ingest marijuana products, as well as to grow and cultivate your own plants. However, it is important to note that MMJ cardholders are not allowed to purchase products from any other kind of dealer or another MMJ licensee. MMJ users are only legally allowed to purchase from state-licensed dispensaries.

Recreational Marijuana in Oklahoma

If you’re wondering, “Is marijuana legal in Oklahoma?” the answer is no in terms of recreational use. Both the possession and sale of marijuana is illegal in Oklahoma at this time. Under the Oklahoma Statutes Title 63 §2-101: Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, possession of marijuana without an MMJ card comes with a misdemeanor charge of up to one year in prison or a fine of $1,000. Subsequent offenses count as a felony with a penalty of 2–10 years in prison with fines up to $25,000. If you’re caught with marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school or in the presence of a child under the age of 12, you could face double penalties (or triple penalties for subsequent offenses).

For selling recreational marijuana, the charge is a felony with a prison sentence between 2–10 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Subsequent offenses result in double penalties. There’s a much more serious charge if you’re involved with trafficking marijuana. If you’re caught trafficking between 25 and 1,000 pounds of marijuana, the fine could be between $25,000 and $100,000. Dealing with over 1,000 pounds of marijuana results in a fine between $100,000 and $500,000. Other factors are taken into consideration when you’re charged with one of these crimes, including the amount and location of the sale and whether you already have a criminal history. For serious offenders, the maximum sentence could be life in prison for the selling and distribution of marijuana. There are also driving under the influence (DUI) charges to watch out for that can result if you’re operating a vehicle impaired after using marijuana (whether it’s MMJ or recreational).

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Be sure you’re up to speed with all the medical marijuana laws in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma and MMJ now go hand-in-hand with the increasing popularity of owning an MMJ card. To make sure you’re completely covered, apply for your MMJ card today. You can head to the  omma.ok.gov website, where you can get started on your application. There is a $100 application fee (or a discounted fee of $20 if you use Medicaid [SoonerCare] or Medicare). Fill out the application with your personal info (date of birth, address, etc.), and have your medical professional fill out the Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form. If you don’t have a doctor you trust, MMJRecs can help connect you to one virtually – so you never have to leave your house to get your medical certification. You’ll also need to show proof of Oklahoma residency (like with a copy of your driver’s license, ID card, utility bill, etc.) and proof of identity (which can also be your driver’s license or ID card or from your U.S. passport). Your application is complete once you’ve submitted a clear, color, full-face digital photograph of yourself. OMMA will then review your application. If you’ve met all of their requirements, you’ll receive your MMJ card in the mail within 14 days. Your MMJ card will then be valid for the next two years; once it expires, you’ll need to renew your license by submitting a new application (and another fee) at that time.

Although recreational marijuana is not legal in Oklahoma, if you have a qualifying condition, you should look into obtaining an MMJ card. That way you can legally grow and possess marijuana products without breaking any laws!

Does Oklahoma Accept Out-Of-State Medical Marijuana Authorizations?

With so many different rules and regulations governing the use of medical marijuana in all of the 50 states, some of you may be wondering: “Is MMJ legal in Oklahoma?” Well, just over a year ago, Oklahoma did indeed join the increasingly laden bandwagon by becoming the 30th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. With over 151,000 people having since applied for a license, Oklahoma currently has more MMJ card holders per capita than any other state. However, they’ve gone a step further with MMJ laws in Oklahoma. Instead of just sticking to the traditional list of qualifying conditions, Oklahoma state has declared that all physicians are free to recommend MMJ for any condition they deem appropriate. And furthermore, unlike other states, they decided not to put a cap on the number of MMJ business license holders in the state. Way to go, Oklahoma! They may just have started a trend – only time will tell.

If you’re planning on visiting this wonderful state, you may be wondering, “Can I use my MMJ card in Oklahoma?” Well, you’re in luck – Oklahoma is one of only 17 states that currently recognizes out-of-state medical marijuana authorizations. Simply put, this means that if you own a current, up-to-date MMJ license in your own state, it will be recognized in Oklahoma. You will be allowed to purchase and possess: up to 3 ounces of usable cannabis (personal possession); up to 1 ounce of concentrated cannabis, up to 72 ounces of edible cannabis; and a maximum of 8 ounces of usable cannabis at a residence. But you can’t just turn up at a dispensary in Oklahoma and flash, say, your California MMJ card.

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You’ll need to apply for a temporary MMJ license if you want to access medical marijuana on your visit to Oklahoma.

What you will need to do is apply for a temporary license. This costs $100 and is valid for 30 days, but is renewable. This temporary license not only allows people with out-of-state medical marijuana authorizations to purchase and to use MMJ in Oklahoma; you will also legally be able to grow it. You can apply for your temporary license via the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). They will need information such as your full name, date of birth, address, telephone number, email address and details about your out-of-state MMJ card. Proof of ID will also be required, along with the patient’s signature, which must be dated within 30 days of the application being lodged. If your application meets all the requirements, you will receive your ID card plus a letter of approval by mail within 14 days of your submission.

Clearly this means that you need to plan ahead if you’re arranging a trip and wish to use your MMJ card in Oklahoma. As mentioned, you can renew your 30-day temporary license, but this must be done in good time prior to its expiration date. It’s worth noting that although MMJ laws in Oklahoma are in place to help and support visitors with out-of-state medical marijuana authorizations, acceptance of a temporary license together with an out-of-state MMJ card is completely at the discretion of individual dispensary owners. It might be worth your while calling ahead to a dispensary to check that they will accept your license. Before your visit, it would be a good idea also to familiarize yourself with the MMJ laws in Oklahoma. It’s good to know what to expect; forewarned is forearmed, as they say!

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If you’re a resident of Oklahoma and you’re planning to travel, there are 17 states that recognize out-of-state medical marijuana authorizations.

But what if you’re a resident of Oklahoma, and you wish to travel? Is your Oklahoma MMJ license legal in other states? Well, the same rules apply to you as to a visitor coming to your state. If you’re visiting one of the 17 states that currently recognizes out-of-state medical marijuana authorizations, then you’re in luck. These states include California, Washington, Washington D.C., Colorado, and Hawaii (check out the full list if your state is not among the few mentioned). If the state you’re visiting is included, then all you need to do is apply for a temporary license, as per the information above. You will need to find the relevant local body in the state that you’re visiting and submit all the details required, including a color photo of your Oklahoma MMJ license. Remember to do this more than two weeks in advance of your trip. Provided you supply all the required details, you should receive your temporary license in the mail, and you’re then good to go. Again, it’s advisable to phone ahead to a dispensary in the state you’re intending to visit, just to check that they are happy to accept your temporary license. In most cases you should be fine, but one or two states have stricter rules (Arizona, for example), so it’s always worth checking ahead to make sure you’ll be able to get your usual supply of MMJ while you’re away from home.

Whether you’re planning on visiting Oklahoma, or whether you’re a resident there and thinking of traveling to another state, the key to being able to use your MMJ card while out-of-state is research and knowledge. Remember also to allow time to apply for your temporary license, rather than leaving it to the last minute.

Why Oklahoma Could Be A Considered A Progressive State With Its Medical Marijuana Laws

More progressive states have been making it easier and easier for patients to have access to medical marijuana for years – but there are a few places where this progressive policy may come as a bit of a surprise… States like Oklahoma, for example.

Oklahoma isn’t necessarily known as the most progressive state, but with its legalization of medical marijuana, there’s a case to be made that Oklahoma may be one of the most progressive places for medical marijuana in the country.

Oklahoma and Medical Marijuana: A History

In 2018, the voters of Oklahoma made their voices heard and State Question 788 was approved to allow a legal medical marijuana program. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority was set up to register patients in the program and one year later, Oklahoma ranks near the top of the 33 states that have approved MMJ legislation in participation from its citizens in the program.

When it comes to their medical marijuana policy, there’s a case to be made that Oklahoma is one of the most progressive. They have more approved growers and dispensaries than states that approved medical marijuana many years before them, such as Arkansas. This is due, in part, to a non-competitive application process for growers and dispensaries that largely lets the market decide when enough is enough.

Oklahoma officials see that the demand for medical marijuana is there, so they want to help people to have easy access to apply for licenses and get recommendations. It could be said that, when it comes to medical marijuana and access, Oklahoma is right up there with more traditionally progressive states like California.

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In Oklahoma, marijuana is medicine and they make it easy for their residents to get it.

How is Oklahoma Different?

There are a few important ways that Oklahoma differs from other states in how its medical marijuana program is run. For starters, they don’t have a specific list of conditions that qualify a person for a medical marijuana card. Whether or not a person can benefit from MMJ is left up to their healthcare practitioner to decide.

There are also no limits on how many medical marijuana dispensaries can be opened at once. In the first year, the state has approved over 1,500 dispensaries – and that number is only going up. That’s more business licenses than Colorado approved in their first year of MMJ operation.

The Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma

Since the passing of State Question 788, those who have a MMJ card in Oklahoma can legally consume marijuana. They can also legally possess:

  • Up to three ounces of marijuana
  • Up to six mature plants
  • Up to six seedling plants
  • Up to eight ounces of marijuana in their home
  • Up to 72 ounces of edible marijuana
  • Up to one ounce of concentrated marijuana

Anyone with a medical marijuana license may also legally consume it in places that allow the smoking of tobacco and edible marijuana can legally be consumed anywhere. It’s important to note that on a federal level, all forms of marijuana remain illegal, so even if you have an Oklahoma medical marijuana card you are not exempt from prosecution on any federal lands in Oklahoma such as National Parks, tribal trust land, and military posts.

How to Get an Oklahoma MMJ Card

To get approved for a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma, you first have to be a citizen of the Sooner state. You must also generally be over 18, though some minors can be approved through a caregiver for a license.

There are no qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma, but you must still get the approval of a doctor, who must then prescribe it for you. The most common conditions treated with medical marijuana include:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Chronic pain
  • Terminal illness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Seizure disorders
  • Inflammation
  • Neuropathic pain disorders
  • Anorexia/Bulimia
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Know the law so you can safely get your medical marijuana and use it to its fullest advantage!

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority charges a fee of $100 to get the card and it needs to be renewed every two years. If you have Medicaid or Medicare, then the application fee drops to $20. Applications are generally approved within 30 days.

You have to admit, Oklahoma sure does make it simple and straightforward for their residents to obtain an MMJ card and use it to help them treat medical conditions. That makes it one of the most progressive states in the union – at least when it comes to medical marijuana!

How To Get An MMJ Card In Oklahoma

In June 2018, Oklahoma became the 30th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Licensing began later that year in August, allowing citizens to apply for an Oklahoma MMJ card, and to date more than 151,000 people have done just that. This means that the state of Oklahoma has more MMJ card holders per capita than any other U.S. state. It is not, however, one of the 11 states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, so it’s important to understand the rules and regulations around applying for and using your Oklahoma medical marijuana card. We’ll first take a look at some qualifying conditions and then go on to explore how to get an MMJ card in Oklahoma.

There are more and more conditions that can be helped by medical marijuana and that would qualify you for an MMJ card in Oklahoma. These include but are not limited to AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and spinal cord injury. Common symptoms of these and other conditions that can be relieved by MMJ use are cramps, tiredness, nausea, inflammation, headaches, and seizures. When you become aware of the large number of symptoms and ailments that have shown to be helped by the use of MMJ, it’s no wonder such a high percentage of citizens have applied for and received an Oklahoma medical marijuana card.

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More than 151,000 people have applied for an Oklahoma MMJ card to date.

If you think you might qualify, the best way to get an MMJ card in Oklahoma is to apply online via MMJ Recs. This is a great option if you don’t want to go through your own physician, or if you simply can’t travel to see your doctor. With MMJ Recs, the process is easy and straightforward. You simply fill out a standard medical form online and include any relevant medical notes or documents. An in-house medical expert will then carry out an evaluation with you via the wonders of telemedicine – in other words, over the phone or through Skype. You don’t have to travel or have a face-to-face meeting. You can ask the expert anything you like about the process or about any concerns you may have. They will enquire about your qualifying condition and why you believe taking MMJ may help. Moreover, our expert will be able to advise you on the best medical marijuana strain to use and the optimum amount for your particular ailment. Rest assured that your application and consultation will be treated with absolute respect and privacy. You will also need some kind of proof of residency in Oklahoma; your driver’s license or ID card, for example, or even just a current utility bill. Once approved, your Oklahoma medical marijuana card will be sent to you in the post and you can put it to immediate use.

There is, of course, a minimal charge for owning an Oklahoma MMJ card, and it needs to be renewed annually. Once you own a card, though, the renewal cost each year is considerably less than the initial output. It’s important to remember to renew your card annually, as failure to do so could result in a fine – not to mention the fact that you may not be able to purchase or use the medical marijuana that you might have come to rely on. MMJ Recs can also help with renewing an existing Oklahoma MMJ card.

There are a few rules surrounding ownership of an Oklahoma medical marijuana card. A card allows you to legally possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana; 6 mature and 6 seedling marijuana plants; an ounce of concentrated marijuana; and 72 ounces of edible marijuana. If you’re smoking your medical marijuana, then you can do so in any place that normally allows regular tobacco smoking. There are no restrictions on where you can consume edible marijuana. It’s important to remember that even in states where medical marijuana has been deemed legal, ALL forms of it are still illegal under our federal law. This means that you cannot have or consume marijuana – medical or otherwise – on any federal lands in Oklahoma. If you have any questions or concerns around the rules governing ownership of an Oklahoma MMJ card, then check out the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, which is the state regulator.

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An Oklahoma MMJ card allows you to grown up to 6 seeding marijuana plants

Currently, Oklahoma is not one of the 11 states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. But that could change tomorrow! Or in the near future, in any case. If it were to change, your Oklahoma MMJ card would still be very much worth hanging on to and renewing when required. It will ensure continuity in obtaining the best MMJ strain for you, from a reputable dispensary as opposed to a possible unknown, online seller. If you are under 21, you won’t be allowed to use marijuana for recreational purposes, whereas you can qualify for an Oklahoma medical marijuana card from the age of 18. With your Oklahoma MMJ card, you will never have to pay tax on medical marijuana products.

Hopefully, this has helped enlighten you on the process of how to get an MMJ card in Oklahoma. If you are suffering from a debilitating condition that has seen little relief from conventional medicine or methods, then why not apply online now and talk with one of our understanding experts to see if you might qualify for an MMJ card? The process is simple, and we will guide you every step of the way.

Is Oklahoma An MMJ-Friendly State?

Although medical marijuana (MMJ) is not legal in all 50 states in the U.S., there are some states where citizens are taking full advantage of their MMJ cards. Oklahoma made medical marijuana legal back in August 2018, and since then, more than 151,000 Oklahomans have received MMJ cards from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). That number means that more than 3.5% of the state’s population are MMJ card holders. With more MMJ cards per capita than in any other state, Oklahoma has definitely become a very MMJ-friendly state. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

What is the history of MMJ in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma first officially banned recreational marijuana back in 1933. Up until recently, cannabis users and growers were prosecuted under the full extent of the law. Medical use of cannabis was legalized in 2018, making Oklahoma the 30th state to do so. Unlicensed possession of marijuana of up to 1.5 ounces is still punishable by a misdemeanor conviction and a $400 fine if a medical reason can be provided. Since 2013, DUI (driving under intoxication) penalties include being jailed for no less than 10 days and for no more than a year. A second offense requires longer sentencing. Non-licensed making of hashish or cannabis brownies may include life imprisonment. However, Oklahoma MMJ laws allow for MMJ cardholders to make and possess these products.

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MMJ in Oklahoma is legal, but you must abide by the specific laws and restrictions surrounding it.

What are the laws surrounding MMJ in Oklahoma?

OMMA carries out statewide regulations for medical marijuana use in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma MMJ legal status declares that an MMJ card holder can legally possess:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana
  • 6 mature marijuana plants (or plants that are in the budding stage)
  • 6 seedling marijuana plants (or plants that are in the vegetative state and are not yet budding)
  • 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
  • 72 ounces of edible marijuana (also known as edibles like brownies or candy)
  • 8 ounces of marijuana in their residence

Currently, smokable forms of MMJ can be legally consumed in any place that allows smoking of tobacco products. Edibles can be consumed anywhere. Please note that even with an MMJ license, you are still only permitted to buy MMJ products from state-licensed dispensaries. It is illegal to purchase from a dealer or from another MMJ card holder.

What are the qualifying conditions for an Oklahoma MMJ card?

Oklahoma is one of the few states with legalized medical marijuana that doesn’t have a specific set list of medical conditions that will qualify. However, there are some common conditions that will ensure you qualify, including:

  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
  • Cancer (or another terminal illness)
  • Glaucoma
  • Parkinson’s
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

Medical marijuana has also been shown to be helpful in treating serious symptoms such as chronic pain, severe nausea, muscle spasms, and inflammation. In order to see if your medical condition will help you qualify, you’ll need to consult with a licensed Oklahoma physician to get evaluated. They will need to assess your condition and determine if MMJ could be helpful with your particular symptoms. From there, they’ll need to help you complete your application form. If you don’t have a medical professional that you trust or if it’s challenging for you to make it to an in-person appointment, consider connecting virtually with a licensed medical professional through MMJRecs. They can also assist you in completing the medical certification portion of your application.

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It’s easy to apply online for an Oklahoma MMJ card.

Where do you get an Oklahoma MMJ card?

You’ll need to fill out an application to get an MMJ card. So, to get started on that application, head online to the omma.ok.gov website. You’ll need to pay a $100 application fee using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card). There may be additional credit card processing fees added to your transaction. You can pay a lower fee of $20 if you use Medicaid (SoonerCare) or Medicare. Your application will require some of your personal info, such as your full name, date of birth, residence and mailing address, telephone number, email address, and your signature. Your physician will also need to complete and sign the Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form. To show proof of Oklahoma residency, you’ll need to include a digital color copy of one of the following:

  • Driver’s license
  • ID card
  • Voter ID card
  • A utility bill for the calendar month preceding the date of application
  • A residential property deed
  • A current rental agreement for residential property

Additionally, you’re required to provide proof of identity, which can be your driver’s license, ID card, U.S. passport, or tribal identification card. The application also needs you to submit a clear, color, full-face digital photograph of yourself. After you’ve submitted your application, OMMA reviews it. If you’ve been approved, you’ll receive a letter and your MMJ card in the mail within 14 days. This card will be valid for two years, at which time you’ll need to renew your license by submitting another application and paying the fee again. You can make this process easier by going through MMJRecs.

Because the state has become so tolerant of MMJ users, it’s a great place to live if you’re interested in getting medical marijuana in Oklahoma. So apply for your MMJ card and remember to follow all of the regulations laid out by OMMA, and you’ll quickly see the benefits of medicinal cannabis use.

Do I Need A Medical Marijuana Card In Oklahoma?

Since 2018, medical marijuana has been legal in the state of Oklahoma. That means that if you live in Oklahoma and have been awarded a state-approved medical marijuana license, then you are eligible to legally purchase and consume marijuana. There are limits to what you can have on your person and in your home, as well as qualifications you must meet in order to get a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma, which is why it’s important to understand the law and your rights under it. If you’re from the Sooner State and think you may benefit from medical marijuana, then here’s what you need to know.

Do You Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Oklahoma is unique in that its medical marijuana law leaves it up to the discretion of the doctor treating you to decide if MMJ would assist in the treatment of your condition or illness. To put it simply: A doctor can recommend medical marijuana as a treatment for any condition they see fit.

This is great in that it gives your doctor full discretion, but it has disadvantages too. Your doctor may not consider medical marijuana to be an appropriate treatment for you. Luckily, if you find that’s the case, then you can simply consult another doctor for a second opinion.

Some of the most common conditions that doctors recommend MMJ for include (but are not limited to):

  • Seizure disorders such as epilepsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Terminal illness
  • Nausea
  • Inflammation
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia

If you think you can benefit from medical marijuana, then talk to your doctor. Remember, according to federal law, marijuana cannot be prescribed. Doctors are protected in recommending it to their patients, but they cannot help you to obtain it. That means they will not discuss specific cannabis products with you nor will they talk about dosages or strains. What they can do is fill out a form that shows they discussed the risks of the use of marijuana with you and certify that they believe the benefits to be worth it in the treatment of your illness. Once they sign off on the form, you have 30 days to obtain your medical marijuana card online via the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority website.

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A medical marijuana card in Oklahoma can help you to lead a happier and more productive life.

The application fee for a medical marijuana card is $100. If you have Medicaid or Medicare, the fee is only $20. You should be notified within 14 days of your submitting your application whether you’ve been approved.

Once you are approved for a card, then you will receive an identification card with your photo, date of birth, name, city and county of residence, the expiration date of the license, and a unique license number just for your medical marijuana card. It is valid for two years from the date it is issued. Simply present it when buying from a licensed dispensary.

What the Law Allows

Once you have a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma, it’s not a license to have as much marijuana on you as you’d like. In fact, the state law only allows you to possess three ounces or less on your person, 72 ounces of edibles, eight ounces of cannabis in your home, or six mature plants.

The law also requires you to only buy MMJ products from a licensed dispensary. All dispensaries must be a licensed medical marijuana retailer. It’s illegal for you to purchase from someone who is not licensed or from another patient who has a medical marijuana card.

It’s also important to note that a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma also does not allow you to use marijuana in your workplace. While your employer cannot discriminate against you due to your status as a medical marijuana patient, they can still write you up or enforce rules against using it in the workplace or being impaired when on the job.

A few other crucial things to note about an Oklahoma medical marijuana card is that:

  • It does not allow you to take marijuana across state lines – especially to a state where medical marijuana is not legal
  • It does not allow you to go to another state that has recreational marijuana laws and bring marijuana back into Oklahoma
  • You cannot smoke marijuana in places that tobacco is prohibited
  • You cannot purchase marijuana with a credit card; dispensaries only accept cash
  • You cannot give your medical marijuana away to another person
  • You cannot operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of medical marijuana

Make sure you understand and follow all the laws surrounding medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

Your Rights

You may be worried about what to do if stopped by police with MMJ on you, which is why it’s important to understand your rights in Oklahoma as a medical marijuana patient.

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Make sure you’ve got your medical marijuana card and have a firm grasp of your rights under the Oklahoma law.

First and foremost, have all your basic bases covered. That means you should always keep your MMJ card or a copy of it on you. Also, always keep the medical marijuana you have in its original containers from the dispensary and keep your receipt. When transporting medical marijuana in your vehicle, make sure it’s someplace that is not accessible, such as your trunk.

You can still be charged with driving under the influence if police suspect you to be impaired due to marijuana consumption. That’s why it’s important that you familiarize yourself with and follow all laws surrounded the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma. If you’re ever confronted by police, you don’t want to give them any reasons to take further action.

Oklahoma and Medical Marijuana: Everything You Need to Know

More and more people across the country are getting to experience the benefits of using medical marijuana (MMJ). Since August 2018, residents of Oklahoma have been able to legally apply for an MMJ card. As of this month, more than 151,000 patients have turned in applications to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (or OMMA, the agency that issues MMJ cards). That means that Oklahoma has more MMJ patients per capita than any other state in the U.S., with more than 3.5% of the state’s population applying for MMJ cards. Plus, with more licenses being issued for growers and dispensaries, there’s never been a better time to get an Oklahoma MMJ card. So, if you’re asking yourself, “Where can I get an Oklahoma medical marijuana card?”, look no further – we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

What is an MMJ patient license?

The legal status of MMJ in Oklahoma means that you can fill out an application with the state and then obtain a license in order to lawfully buy, use, and grow medical marijuana and related products. The license comes in the form of an identification card (or an MMJ card) that can show you’re legally permitted to possess medical marijuana. The card will have your name, photo, date of birth, city and county of residence, the type of license, the date the license expires, and your unique MMJ license number on it.

What are the qualifying conditions for an Oklahoma medical marijuana card?

There are a wide variety of qualifying conditions that can help you qualify for an MMJ card. These can include but are not limited to:

● Chronic pain
● Severe nausea (often due to chemotherapy)
● Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
● Cancer
● Terminal illness
● Spasticity
● Muscle spasms
● Glaucoma
● Inflammation
● HIV/AIDS
● Crohn’s disease

You will need to be evaluated by a physician who can then attest to your condition on the application. Your doctor must indicate that they have a physician/patient relationship with you and that they’ve determined that your medical condition means you can receive therapeutic or palliative benefits from the use of medical marijuana. You can also work with a medical professional online through consultations with MMJRecs. This can be a great option if you don’t have a doctor you trust, or if it’s difficult for you to make it to a doctor’s office.

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The process of applying for an Oklahoma MMJ card is pretty straightforward.

How do I apply for an MMJ card?

You’ll need to fill out an application to start the process of obtaining an MMJ card. The applications can be found online at omma.ok.gov. On the application, you’ll be required to provide the following information:

● Your full name
● Residence and mailing address
● Date of birth
● Telephone number and email address
● Physician information (with a physician signature)
● Patient signature (which must be dated within 30 days of the application date)

You’re also required to submit valid documentation to show proof of Oklahoma residency. This can be a digital, color copy of one of the following:

● Oklahoma driver’s license
● Oklahoma identification card
● Oklahoma voter identification card
● A utility bill for the calendar month preceding the date of application (cell phone or Internet bills are not valid)
● A residential property deed
● A current rental agreement for residential property

You’ll also need to provide proof of identity, which can be your driver’s license, ID card, US passport, or tribal identification card, as well as a clear, color, full-face digital photograph of yourself. Plus, you’ll be required to include the Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form that your doctor must fill out with their information.

How much does the Oklahoma MMJ card cost?

Your application fee will be $100; however, if you can provide proof of Medicaid (SoonerCare) or Medicare enrollment, you can pay a reduced fee of $20. You must pay with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card. There will be an additional credit card processing fee added to the transaction as well. Please note that if your application is not approved, you won’t be able to receive a refund for this money.

What happens after I submit my application?

After submitting your application, the OMMA will review it. If you’ve met all the requirements, you’ll be issued an approval letter and your MMJ card within 14 days of sending in your application. From then on, your approved MMJ card will be valid for two years (unless your license is revoked for some reason). You will need to renew your license when the two years is up by submitting another application at that time (which you can also do using MMJRecs services).

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These days, Oklahoma and medical marijuana go hand in hand!

What are the laws surrounding MMJ in Oklahoma?

There are several laws in place to make sure that Oklahoma MMJ cards aren’t being misused. With a license, you may possess:

● Up to 8 ounces of marijuana in your residence
● Up to 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
● Up to 72 ounces of edible marijuana
● Up to 6 mature plants
● Up to 6 seedling plants
● Up to 3 ounces of marijuana with you outside of your residence

If you don’t have a valid MMJ card, you could possess a fine-only misdemeanor for having up to 1.5 ounces of herbal cannabis. You are permitted to obtain your medical marijuana from your own cultivation of plants or from state-licensed dispensaries. Even if you have a valid MMJ card, you’re still not permitted to legally buy marijuana from a dealer or from another MMJ cardholder in Oklahoma.

To get all of the health benefits and to alleviate symptoms from a variety of medical conditions, join the growing number of people in your state, and apply for an Oklahoma medical marijuana card today.

The Four Most MMJ Friendly States In America

As it stands in 2018, medical marijuana sits at a distinctive crossroads in American society. Over half of the country has embraced it; 29 states have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes, with the 30th state almost sure to follow this year. Across the remaining 20 states, however, medical marijuana remains a contentious issue. Some are dead set on never leaglazing it at all. The problem is that a medical marijuana initiative would not be a federal law; each state has to make their own laws when it comes to MMJ, hence the wildly varying results and surprising outcomes.

Take New York for instance. Many thought that due to its liberal leanings, New York would be a flagship state for the legalization of MMJ. On the contrary, NY’s initial attempt at medical marijuana was one of the most conservative in the country, coming a full 18 years after California first legalized MMJ in the U.S. in 1996. There have since been concerted efforts to overturn some of the more restrictive legislature, with varying degrees of success. What it does prove is that MMJ law is a tricky subject to get a handle on for many state governments, and it could be a while before we see a U.S. with 50 MMJ friendly states. That doesn’t mean there aren’t areas of the country that are fully pro-medical marijuana; there certainly are. If you’re wondering where exactly they are, then luckily you have to look no further than this handy article!

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Colorado is one of the most progressive MMJ friendly states in the country.

1. California

California places number one on this list of MMJ friendly states, as it was the first to take the leap and legalize medical marijuana way back in 1996. The Compassionate Use Act, or Proposition 215, was a revolutionary piece of legislature that paved the way for future states to lay their own groundwork. In the 22 years since it pioneered MMJ law, California’s enthusiasm for the treatment has not waned. Recently, the state passed a law that aimed to legalize recreational marijuana from the beginning of 2018. While some thought that the introduction of this legislature might make medical marijuana obsolete in California, in fact, the exact opposite turned out to be true. The government reaffirmed its commitment to its MMJ program by introducing a sales tax rebate for all medical marijuana patients or holders of a medical marijuana card. As recreational marijuana is slowly introduced into the Sunshine State, it looks as though MMJ will remain as strong as ever.

2. Colorado

Colorado was hot on California’s heels, and was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in the country; their legislature passed in 2000. Most marijuana advocates will recognise Colorado as the pioneer of recreational marijuana legalization, however. The state took that previously unheard-of initiative back in 2012. It makes sense that a state that has been committed to medical marijuana since the early days was also keen to legalize recreational marijuana, and like California, their initiatives go hand-in-hand. When it comes to MMJ, however, the Colorado market is startlingly robust, based on over seventeen years of experience. The MMJ industry is worth around $450 million to the state, so it’s no surprise that they’re keeping it in tip-top shape.

3. Washington

Colorado is often thought of as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana and is often seen as the poster state for the cause. However, Washington was equally pioneering, and legalized at exactly the same time as Colorado in 2012, paving the way for recreational marijuana laws to be loosened across the country. In fact, Washington is AHEAD of Colorado when it comes to medical marijuana. The state passed Initiative 692 in November 1998, just two short years after California trailblazed the initiative. The list of Washington’s qualifying conditions is also pretty extensive, making medical marijuana available to all sorts of patients who may be able to benefit from the medicine. Through the years Washington has seen extensive amendments to their medical marijuana bill, and in 2018, it proudly stands as one of the most inclusive and progressive MMJ friendly states in the country.

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Maine has been committed to advancing its MMJ policies.

4. Maine

Maine might seem like an odd entry on this list, but it’s certainly doing its part to progress the MMJ cause. Medical marijuana became legal in 1999 (so even before Colorado), but under very strict regulations. This rules were relaxed significantly in 2005 with the passing of Question 5, which aimed to explicitly establish a Maine Medical Marijuana Act. Since then, the state has gone from strength to strength when it comes to MMJ; the most recent example of this advocation came just at the beginning of this year, when the state’s health care body approved progressive new legislature. These new remits will see an increase in the number of dispensary licenses across the state, while also loosening requirements under which medical marijuana can be used.

The above MMJ friendly states are shining examples of progressive medical marijuana treatment, but they are by no means the only states doing great work to advocate the cause. Hopefully their leadership on this important cause can inspire other states to investigate legalizing MMJ in their own territories.

Why 2018 Is Already The Best Year For MMJ Patients

Medical marijuana has had a long and difficult road to get to where it finds itself in 2018. Although MMJ has many proven health benefits, and can ease symptoms of a wide variety of illnesses and afflictions, the progressive drug therapy has seen itself radically criminalized in some circles, and continues to be a point of contention for many conservative governors, senators, and councilmen/women.  However, the outlier medicine has made fantastic strides over the last decade or so, which means that 2018 is looking to be the year the pendulum swings fully in favor of MMJ and its assorted infrastructure.

The tide started to turn way back in 1996, when California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. This was a big deal 22 years ago, and although it wasn’t the first state to complete the circle and legalize recreational marijuana (that particular accolade goes to Colorado and Washington simultaneously), the Golden State has continued to be a frontrunner in marijuana advocation and legislation throughout the past two decades. The state legalized recreational marijuana the day after a tumultuous presidential election, and can (in theory) start selling the drug this year. More on that later.

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Will 2018 be a turning point for medical marijuana in the U.S.? We think so.

Currently, 29 states (and Washington D.C.) have legalized medical marijuana, so we’re well past the halfway threshold in terms of cumulative state legislation. Signs are strong that the 30th state won’t be too far off, and several more look set to follow throughout 2018, meaning that this year could potentially see the biggest turnover of states to pro-green status since California ruled in MMJ’s favor 22 years ago. However, because medical marijuana doesn’t constitute a federal initiative, the way these 29-and-counting states are approaching MMJ is wildly different, and can have consequences for patients depending on their location.

Evidence of these interstate discrepancies can be found in the case of New York. The East Coast state has long been considered a liberal bastion, and can usually stand toe-to-toe with the large liberal stronghold on the West Coast that is California. However, when it comes to medical marijuana, New York seemed to stumble; this is largely due to the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, being highly against marijuana in general, and seeing it as a “gateway drug,” even in a medicinal capacity. This didn’t stop MMJ being legalized in New York in 2014, but it was introduced as one of the most restrictive and conservative programs anywhere in the country, which surprised many people. One obvious example of this restrictiveness is that patients could not consume the drug in its leaf form, which has been regarded as the most potent form, and the most likely to help ease symptoms.

Fortunately, in 2018, patients could see the situation change for the better, courtesy of NY’s neighbours, New Jersey. Intense advocation has already seen the qualifying condition “chronic pain” added to the list, which has opened up MMJ care to  whole host of patients who could previously not access it. 2018 will more than likely see recreational marijuana legalized in New Jersey, as well as Massachusetts and even Connecticut, surrounding New York with liberal marijuana laws. Under that kind of pressure, Cuomo and the conservative elements of New York are sure to crack, paving the way for recreational marijuana, and helping the cause of medical marijuana in the process.

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The legalization of recreational marijuana is in fact helping the cause of medical marijuana in several ways.

You might wonder why medical marijuana has a place at all if recreational marijuana is taking the country by storm. In fact, the opposite is proving to be true; the legalization of recreational marijuana only serves to heighten the importance, and provide advantages to, the cause of MMJ. Take California as an example. Recreational marijuana was due to start being legally sold in the state as of January 1st, 2018. However, due to intense concerns about expanding a previously black market-based operation into the full light of legality, it has yet to occur, and looks like it won’t for some time.

What has occurred is a sales tax break for patients using medical marijuana, which is fantastic news for those who are committed to using the drug to treat their ailments. Also, the specialist care that doctors provide to patients when it comes to selecting the correct strain of marijuana for their conditions is still paramount; self-medicating with recreational marijuana is a very poor idea indeed.

So, the advancement of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws go hand in hand; instead of one eclipsing the other, they in fact work in tandem. This has already been proven at the start of the year in California, and as 2018 goes on and both causes are furthered simultaneously, the future looks bright for medical marijuana. Even though it’s only March, it’s easy to see why many people are considering this year the best year yet for MMJ; and with many months still to go, it could shine brighter yet.

Is America the Most Progressive Medical Marijuana Country in the World?

As Americans, we like to think that our country is the most forward-thinking nation out there. We like the idea of allowing our citizens to have more freedoms than they might be awarded in other countries. But is the U.S. the most progressive country when it comes to the usage of medical marijuana?

As more states in the U.S. are legalizing recreational marijuana, the whole country is looking to see how the regulations of cannabis (both medicinal or not) are being enforced and utilized. Because the U.S. is at the forefront of this, many outside countries are paying close attention to see how the laws are implemented. The use of MMJ cards was first established in California in 1996. Several states followed suit, including Hawaii and Colorado. Currently, the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is legal in 29 states (as well as the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C.). Although medical marijuana use is legal in many states, the actual regulations can vary greatly from state to state.

So, how does the U.S. compare to other countries? Here’s some info on medical marijuana policies around the world.

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How does the U.S. compare with other countries when it comes to recreational and medical marijuana laws?

Colombia

Colombia has legalized MMJ usage, and citizens are permitted to possess up to 22 grams at a time. They also have a very relaxed law that states that one person can grow up to 20 marijuana plants if it’s for personal consumption. This number is a lot higher than most countries, like the U.S., which only permits six plants to be grown at one time for recreational use.

The Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is fairly new to the MMJ game with legislation only being passed in 2013. There have been regulations instated to decriminalize marijuana usage, with Czech citizens being allowed to grow up to five plants at a time. Also, individuals can possess up to 15 grams of marijuana and up to five grams of hashish. The nation even hosts a big festival named Cannafest, which celebrates marijuana.

Italy

Medical marijuana has been permitted in Italy for quite some time, and the country has progressed to become one of the most unrestricted marijuana areas in the world. Italians voted for the decriminalization of possession of drugs (so individuals with small quantities of five grams or less are no longer subject to criminal charges). Citizens are also permitted to grow a reasonable amount of marijuana plants, as long as they are not used for trafficking purposes.

Jamaica

Although medical marijuana is legal in Jamaica, recreational use is still against the law. However, the country has recently relaxed its laws on possession and has decriminalized it for medical use and for the purpose of Rastafarian religious ceremonies (where cannabis or “ganja” is used as a sacred herb that allows the soul to rise).

The Netherlands

The Netherlands (especially Amsterdam) has gotten the reputation of being a major marijuana-friendly region. There are even “coffee shops” that allow consumers to take part in marijuana sales. In 2017, the Dutch government even legalized the production of cannabis. Additionally, MMJ products can be purchased without a prescription.

Portugal

Portugal has decriminalized marijuana since 2001, when they decided that the possession of any drug found in small quantities would not be considered illegal. Portugal is very progressive in the fact that they believe drug use should be deemed a health issue, not a criminal one. Instead of arresting their citizens for drug possession, those found with drugs are sent to medical panels (with a psychologist, social worker, and legal adviser) who all work to come up with an appropriate treatment plan for that individual.

Spain

Spain actually has relatively relaxed laws since medical marijuana can be purchased without a prescription. Consumption by adults in private locations is legal, which means citizens can grow marijuana plants for personal consumption (as long as they’re kept hidden from public view). However, the selling and trading of cannabis products is still illegal.

Uruguay

In 2013, Uruguay made history by becoming the first (and only) country in the world to fully legalize marijuana (including the possession, selling, transportation, and growing of cannabis). The marijuana market is still strictly regulated since citizens are only allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants at their residence, and each individual can only buy a maximum of 10 grams per week. However, the main upside is that prices of marijuana products are cheaper than in other countries. Plus, MMJ products can be purchased without a prescription.

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MMJ laws differ greatly between countries, but luckily the U.S. can still be considered among the most progressive.

Once you learn about how other countries are controlling the usage of marijuana products, you’ll find that the U.S. is right up there in terms of being forward-thinking. Although different states have a variety of laws regarding consumption of recreational marijuana, those with MMJ cards in the U.S. face less restrictions with your cannabis. Although recreational users are limited to one ounce of flower (or eight grams of cannabis concentrates) at one time, MMJ cardholders can purchase and possess as much cannabis as the treatment of their medical condition requires. These limitations also apply to edibles; recreational consumers can have a maximum of 10mg doses at a time, while those with a medical marijuana card don’t have this restriction.

So, while there are many countries working towards positive changes with both recreational and medical marijuana, America is one of the most progressive countries out there – striving for laws that permit MMJ users to purchase and possess the cannabis products that will be the most obtainable and effective for them. And maybe the U.S. can take some ideas of what has worked in other progressive countries to help move us even further along.

Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal In Australia: Which Country Will Be Next To Legalize MMJ?

Early in 2017, Victoria became the first Australian state to legalize medical marijuana. Other states and territories in the country quickly followed suit. As with many countries worldwide, the discussion surrounding this important issue was long and protracted. Australia currently has to import medical cannabis from overseas, once a patient has been prescribed it by an authorized medic. The change in the law means that not only will the importation process be sped up, but also that Australia is now allowed to start growing its own medical cannabis. This means obviously that waiting time for patients prescribed with medical marijuana will be cut. Good news indeed!

Portugal was the first actual country to legalize medical marijuana, in 2001. The U.S. state of California, though, was way ahead of the game, legalizing MMJ way back in 1996. The next few countries to follow where Portugal blazed a trail were the Czech Republic, Finland, Holland, Spain, and Greece. Many more countries have since jumped on the increasingly popular bandwagon. California and a few more states – including Washington D.C. – have just recently legalized marijuana for recreational as well as medicinal use. No doubt other countries will keep a close eye on California to see how this legalization plays out and will then probably, in time, do the same. If you’re interested to know which countries currently allow marijuana for medical purposes, have a read here.

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With many children suffering from debilitating illnesses that can be treated with medical marijuana, several countries seem to be changing their attitude towards MMJ.

So which country might be the next one to legalize medical marijuana? Let’s take a look at Ireland first. This little country is taking big steps towards legalization. It’s a slow process though – any proposed bills have to pass through long and drawn out parliamentary procedures before they have a chance of becoming law. The bill for legalization did pass its second reading in Parliament at the end of 2017, though, so progress is being made. The current law states that the Minister for Health can grant a special license for the use of MMJ, if he sees fit. The first such license was awarded in 2016 to a two-year-old boy with Dravet Syndrome, which allowed the treatment that he’d started in Colorado to be continued. A more recent case in Ireland made headlines when Ava Twomey’s mother – Vera – set out on a walk from her home in Cork to Dublin (some 186 miles) in order to raise awareness of her child’s plight. Ava (7) suffers from Dravet Syndrome, too, which meant that she was having several, severely debilitating epileptic seizures a day. Shortly before Christmas 2017, Ava was granted a license for the medical cannabis she needed and so the family was able to return home to Ireland from the Netherlands, where they’d been living in order to access the cannabis oil Ava needed. Since taking the cannabis oil on a regular basis, Ava’s seizures have stopped completely. A heart-warming story indeed and one which will surely increase the chances of Ireland being one of the next countries to legalize medical marijuana.

Ireland’s geographical neighbor, the U.K., could also well be in the race for the next country to legalize MMJ.  Like Ireland, the U.K. currently has very strict rules under which CBD oil can be given to patients. Cannabidiol was recently re-classified as a medicine by the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency. An 11-year-old boy named Billy Caldwell was the first child to benefit from this change in law. Billy had been suffering from epileptic seizures every day since he was baby; sometimes as many as 100 fits in one day. He was first given cannabis oil in California (where, of course, medical marijuana had been legal for some time), which resulted in a dramatic reduction in his number of seizures and then a complete cessation of them. Back in the U.K. (Northern Ireland, actually, but it’s part of the U.K. rather than Ireland), his own GP saw the wisdom in continuing with Billy’s treatment and so prescribed him the cannabidiol. Research is currently ongoing in the form of clinical trials around a pure form of cannabis, which is specifically engineered for medicinal purposes. If these trials prove successful, the U.K. will almost certainly be well on the way to fully legalizing medical marijuana.

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Many more countries seem set to follow in the footsteps of Australia and the U.S. when it comes to legalizing MMJ.

France is often seen as a fairly laid-back, enlightened, and libertarian country in many respects, but to date it’s somewhat behind its European counterparts when it comes to marijuana. Sativex, a cannabis-based prescription mouth spray, was only approved in France in 2014; it was the sixteenth European country to legalize this particular treatment, which is mainly prescribed for MS sufferers. However, with a newly elected liberal-minded president – Emmanuel Macron – word is that France could well be one of the next countries to legalize MMJ. He has already eliminated compulsory prison sentences for petty marijuana offenses and, during his campaign to become president, Macron professed a desire to relax other French laws relating to marijuana. So this country does have a bit of way to go yet, but if the new president follows through with his promises, we could certainly see France as one of the next countries to legalize medical marijuana.

With so many countries now following the example set by the state of California, surely it’s only a question of time before most of the world accepts that MMJ is the way forward in the treatment and relief of many acute diseases.

An In-Depth Look at MMJ Qualifying Conditions

Medical marijuana has been legalized in the U.S. since 1996, although the legislature applies on a state-by-state basis. The first state to blaze the trail was California, and since then, 28 others have followed in its footsteps, with several more waiting in the wings, on the cusp of legalization. Unfortunately for patients, MMJ law is not a federal affair, which can lead to a host of caveats for each legalization bill depending on the state you’re in. One of these caveats is the list of MMJ qualifying conditions for each state – that is, the conditions for which medical marijuana is an applicable and legal treatment.

Essentially, in order to qualify and avail of medical marijuana and allow doctors to legally prescribe it to you, you must have a diagnosed ailment that appears on the list of MMJ qualifying conditions accompanying every MMJ law that has been made per state. Once you’ve confirmed that your condition is on the list, then you can apply for your medical marijuana card from an authorized physician; this can be your primary care doctor, or it can easily be acquired online via telemedicine sites. Once you have that, you are free to visit dispensaries and avail of the medicine, in accordance with the supply and possession laws of each state.

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MMJ qualifying conditions vary from state to state, so it’s best to check your local policies to see whether you qualify.

Marijuana has been medically proven to lessen the symptoms of a great number of diseases; in fact, it has been used as a medicine in some form for many years, even preceding the introduction of it into law by California in ’96. However, not all states agree on what should be legally treatable with MMJ. The main reason for this is a worry that they might come across too vague, which would lead to abuse of a drug still considered illegal in many places in a recreational sense. Even with the advent of legal recreational marijuana, which has been legalized in eight states so far, MMJ qualifying conditions are still a hot topic among state governments.

In California, for example, the policy has always been very liberal in favour of medical marijuana, and the state’s MMJ qualifying conditions reflect that. Even though recreational marijuana has been legalized in the state since November 9th, 2016, it is still advantageous to have a medical marijuana card, because there are specific strains that treat specific diseases much better than the recreational strains. California and Colorado have also offered reduced sales taxes to patients in an effort to preserve their long-established and successful medical marijuana programs, which is a huge incentive for patients to continue with the program. There is also the fact that a state-wide rollout of medical marijuana has not yet been achieved by California, and could still be some way off, looking at the current progress on that front.

The most common MMJ qualifying conditions and ailments are pretty much seen across the board, in whatever state you’re in. They include cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis, which are all conditions where the marijuana can induce relaxation to remove some of the pressure and stress on the muscles and afflicted organs. There are also many other less common illnesses which are listed on each state’s MMJ qualifying conditions list, although be aware that it does change from state to state.

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Laws regarding MMJ are very different in California than they are in New York.

One of the most controversial of these conditions is listed simply as “chronic pain,” which, when you think about it, is more of a symptom than a condition in and of itself. However, it is a crucial one to list on the spectrum of qualifying conditions because it allows a great many sufferers to avail of the medicine without needing to be specific about their condition. It also allows doctors a freer hand in prescribing the medicine, as they won’t be too caught up in the legality of what they’re prescribing and what condition they’re prescribing it for. “Chronic pain” was in the wording of the first MMJ qualifying conditions outlined in the U.S., by California in 1996, but unfortunately, not all states agree that it should be included.

One controversial example was New York, a state which is known for its generally liberal leanings. Many expected it to follow suit with a progressive medical marijuana bill, but not only did it take 18 years to get the bill through the Senate, when it was revealed, it proved to be an extremely restrictive piece of legislation. One of the many issues was the absence of “chronic pain,” an omission that left many patients unable to avail of the drug. Due to intense lobbying and pressure, “chronic pain” has since been added to the NY list of conditions, but unfortunately, there are still a few states where that is not the case. As we work toward building an MMJ-friendly country, it’s good advice to take note of MMJ law in each individual state, and make sure your specific condition is listed.

How to Make Sure You’re Not Confused for a Recreational Marijuana User

thanks to the introduction of Proposition 64. California has long been a pioneer in the usage of marijuana, from medical marijuana legalization in 1996 until today, so this move came as little surprise to anyone. As the Sunshine State continues to present itself as a beacon of progression in these tumultuous times, some MMJ card carriers are worried about getting confused for recreational marijuana users.

Though most recreational users are absolutely respectful in their consumption of the plant, there are some long-standing prejudices against those who consume cannabis for non-medical reasons. Antiquated stereotypes of the anti-social pot smoker have unfortunately prevailed throughout America, even in the face of fast moving legalization of marijuana use across the country. Unfortunately, there is little that recreational users can do to dispel this stereotype, apart from being their usual respectful selves. However, medical marijuana users can do one very important thing to strongly identify themselves as such.

The only way for you to make sure you’re not confused for a recreational marijuana user is to get an official California medical marijuana card. This card is not only your passport to being afforded exclusive rights and privileges associated with MMJ card ownership, but it will also show dispensary staff, doctors, and police that you’re not a recreational marijuana user, and that your need to consume the plant is more important than simply to have a good time.

A California medical marijuana card is small and compact, meaning it’s handy to be carried wherever you go – we recommend that you always keep it in your wallet. There is no point in keeping your MMJ card at home as you’ll get no use out of it there. If you get stopped by the police and have an unlawful amount of marijuana on you for a recreational user, you’ll need to have your MMJ card ready to present to the officer to prove your innocence. Likewise, when you’re in the dispensary, you won’t be afforded the perks of having a cannabis card if you don’t have the card in question with you. As recreational marijuana use has just been legalized in California, budtenders and police officers will allow no leeway when it comes to excusing you for not carrying your MMJ card.

Don’t get caught out without an MMJ card – jump online today to acquire one!

Now that you realise how important it is to acquire an official California medical marijuana card, here’s the step-by-step process you take to get one. Thankfully, getting an MMJ card is really easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Being able to get one remotely is very important to some MMJ card carriers, as they can find themselves homebound due to their illness.

Once you have opened the MMJ Recs webpage and chosen what plan you want to go with, you’ll be asked to complete a short and uninvasive questionnaire about your ailment. It should only take you a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire.

After you fill out the questionnaire, you’ll be connected to a state-licensed doctor through our HIPAA telemedicine platform. All of the doctors completing online consultations for us are state-licensed, as these are the only people who can give a California medical marijuana card recommendation. Once you’re connected, you’ll begin your online consultation with the physician. The doctor will give you a full medical evaluation in order to determine your suitability for the MMJ card program. This evaluation will consist of a series of questions about your medical history, your ailment, and your need to get an MMJ card. The consultation is quick and invasive and should last no longer than 20 minutes.

If the MMJ Recs doctor thinks that you’re a suitable candidate for a California medical marijuana card, they’ll inform you there and then and you’ll be emailed your MMJ recommendation straight away. This recommendation can be used immediately at a Californian medical marijuana dispensary. The original embossed recommendation will be posted to you within two working days. When this arrives you can use it to apply for your state-issued MMJ card from the California Department of Public Health.

Your card affords you important benefits that you just won’t get as a merely recreational user.

Not only will owning an MMJ card differentiate you from recreational users, it will also allow you to avail of certain perks and privileges that are only afforded to MMJ card carriers. Though everyone can now buy marijuana in the state of California, medical marijuana card carriers will be exempt from paying retail sales tax at the point of purchase. This can add up to a massive saving for a consistent, long term medical marijuana user. As well as being exempt from the dreaded sales tax, you’ll be able to be in possession of much higher quantities of marijuana that your recreational counterparts. Under the new law, recreational marijuana users will only be allowed to possess up to 1oz. of the plant, whereby MMJ card carriers can be in possession of up to 8oz. These are only some of the many benefits of always having your medical marijuana card close to hand.

Now you know that the only way to make sure you’re not confused for a recreational marijuana user is to carry an official California medical marijuana card. If you have a need for medical marijuana, but don’t yet have an MMJ card, get in touch with us today and we’ll start you off on your medical marijuana journey.

If You Don’t Have An MMJ Card, You’ll Have To Pay Sales Tax When Marijuana Is Legalized In 2018

Thanks to the impending introduction of Proposition 64, the Sunshine State will soon see the statewide legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Though this is a truly joyous and progressive event for the state, it has left some MMJ card holders scratching their heads with the question: “Do I still need to keep my cannabis card if it’ll be freely available for all?” The answer is yes, absolutely!

The primary reason for this is because qualified patients who possess a legitimate California medical marijuana card will be exempt from retail tax when purchasing marijuana or marijuana products. This is on the condition that they – or their primary caregiver – present their MMJ card at the point of purchase. If you’re a consistent, long term medical marijuana user, this will save you a lot of money compared to paying recreational prices.

As many people with an MMJ card are limited in their ability to work, this is a huge relief as it means these users will see more money in their back pocket at the end of the day. Though some recreational users may deem this unfair, it is important to keep the lines between recreational and medical users clearly delineated to clearly indicate one group’s need for it taking precedence over the other’s.

If you own a California medical marijuana card, you can save yourself some money on sales tax.

Not only will your California medical marijuana card allow you to buy cheaper cannabis, it’ll also allow you to buy more of it than your recreational counterparts. MMJ card carriers will be allowed to possess a whopping 8 oz. of the cannabis plant, whereas recreational users will only be allowed to possess 1 oz. As well as this, unconventional methods of consuming cannabis like tinctures and topicals can be purchased at much stronger concentrations by those with an MMJ card as opposed to those who don’t have one.

Another good reason not to throw away your trusty California medical marijuana card is that you’ll still be able to consume in public places while carrying it, whereas recreational users won’t. Proposition 64 does not explicitly allow for recreational users to smoke or vape weed in public, but if you have your MMJ card on you, you’ll still be able to consume wherever the smoking of tobacco is allowed.

As a prerequisite for having a cannabis card is having a specifically diagnosed ailment, it’s important that you consult with a doctor before you start to consume. If you decide to forego an MMJ card in favor of just acquiring recreational marijuana instead, you’re denying yourself the opportunity to talk through your ailment with a medically qualified doctor, and more importantly, you can’t talk to that same doctor about what strains are best for treating your specific ailment. Though dispensary budtenders might know a bit about what strains are best for relaxing, they will not have the same medical knowledge of the plant, and therefore will not be sufficiently qualified to give you strain advice. This could lead you to fruitlessly trying out strain after strain until maybe you’ll get it right. Avoid the headache and stick to the medical route.

Hold onto your card so you can still utilize its benefits in 2018!

As different cities and counties within California will be allowing different types of sales, you may find yourself in an area that is still only permitting medical marijuana sales – another reason to keep your MMJ card! These more conservative counties will only allow weed sales through medical dispensaries. These dispensaries will strictly only have medical licenses and therefore will only be able to serve marijuana to those with a valid California medical marijuana card.

If you’d like to avail of tax-free medical marijuana once legalization is enforced, here’s what you have to do. Though you can go to a bricks-and-mortar doctor’s office to get a card, it’s a whole lot easier to buy a medical marijuana card online through MMJ Recs.

You’ll be asked to fill out a short questionnaire about your ailment and your need for an MMJ card. Once this is done, you’ll begin your online consultation with one of our licensed health professionals, who’ll give you a full evaluation over Skype from the comfort of your own home.

This evaluation will take no longer than ten minutes and will consist of the practitioner asking you some non-invasive questions about your qualifying condition and your medical history. You’ll also be asked why you think having an MMJ card and consuming medical cannabis will help you. Following this, the practitioner will assess your need for a medical marijuana card and you’ll be told then and there if you’re eligible. If you are, you’ll be sent your MMJ card recommendation straight away.

We hope this has cleared up a few worries for you. Now you know that it is positively, absolutely, conclusively a bad idea to get rid of your California medical marijuana card once legalization is implemented. If you’re still unsure about your options, or you’re yet to get your own MMJ card, get in touch with us today and we’ll help access all the amazing benefits that come with owning your own medical marijuana card.

Which State Will be the 30th to Join the MMJ Revolution?

The medical marijuana revolution has gained some serious traction in the last few years. It started with a slow trickle all the way back in 1996, but as of the end of 2017, 29 states have legalized MMJ, with the majority of those laws coming into effect within the last decade. The trend seems to be very much in favour of legalization, with recreational use also coming up fast behind. But the question many advocates across the country are asking is: who will be next in line to pass the crucial legislation?

West Virginia was the most recent place to make the leap, and was the only state to join the cause in 2017. Because each state has their own laws, and because the process of introducing medical marijuana is a hot topic in most places, with plenty of debate and strong positions on both sides, it takes a long time to see the process through to completion. Fortunately, the majority of states now have turned the tide in favour of medical marijuana, so the rest should follow sooner or later. That’s the good news.

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29 states down; 21 to go.

The bad news is that it’s taken over 20 years to get to 29 states, and among the remaining 21 are some hard-line conservative areas that are against marijuana legalization of any kind, let alone decriminalization. So while the figures and statistics might look encouraging, and 29 states in the bag is certainly an encouraging number, it should be remembered that for West Virginia’s lone passing of their MMJ bill, there were 13 states who postponed or denied the legislation in 2017. These were Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

Included in that number are a few unsurprising states, who traditionally take a conservative stance against the more liberal leanings of MMJ pioneers like California and Colorado. But there were also some surprises in there; Utah, with its proximity to both the aforementioned states, is surrounded by relaxed MMJ laws, and was thought to be a frontrunner in the race for the next state to sign up. Nebraska also looked all set to be a serious competitor in that race, much to the surprise of the rest of the country, as it’s traditionally seen as a Republican stronghold. However, their bill fell through in May of this year, when it was no longer viable for the 2017 session; though it will carry over to 2018.

The good part of all this failed legislature is that people are at least talking about MMJ laws in states all across the country. These bills are up for debate, with residents and governments taking their meanings and implications seriously. Those who advocate for medical marijuana will no doubt see the legislature pushed through again, hopefully next time with a different, more positive result. But among all the stalling was one state who technically put an MMJ bill through this year, and will more than likely see some form of the medicine go statewide in 2018: Iowa.

Technically, the state passed the bill in May 2017, making medical marijuana legal in Iowa. But the MMJ laws have yet to be implemented, and the state is still trying to figure out the exact specifics of the law, such as what forms of MMJ will be allowed, and who exactly will be allowed to produce and dispense the drug. Despite this delay, plans are being implemented for widespread dispersal, with the state selecting the first official state medical marijuana manufacturer at the end of November. However, this is with a view to solely legalize the oil variant of MMJ, a form of medical marijuana that has been proven to be less effective than smoking.

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Iowa might be the next state to board the medical marijuana train.

Hot on Iowa’s heels are two other states that could potentially be the 30th state to legalise MMJ. They are Wisconsin and North Carolina. Both states have pending MMJ legislation with their governments that will carry over into 2018. Studies show that 74% of North Carolina citizens support the legalization of MMJ, a strong, significant majority that might help to convince politicians and push the bill over the edge.

So whether it’s North Carolina, Wisconsin, or Iowa, or indeed any of the other states who are close to passing an MMJ bill, it’s clear the MMJ revolution will certainly not end with only 29 states on the board. There will be a thirtieth, and a thirty-first beyond that, and so on and so forth. The real question is whether the country can unite all 50 states under the medical marijuana banner, and if that mammoth task can be managed, how liberal each legislature will be. Whatever the outcome, it’s clear the medical marijuana tide is turning and turning fast; and that can only be good news for the millions of patients across the country who can benefit from its multi-faceted properties.

Marijuana Sales Tax: How California MMJ Card Holders Can Save Money After January 1st

Interested in saving money the next time you purchase your medical marijuana? As long as you have an MMJ card, you can skip that pesky California sales tax on MMJ and get your product for much cheaper costs. Here is the information you need to help you decide whether getting a medical marijuana card is worth it to you.

Here’s what you need to know

Starting January 1st, marijuana will be legalized in the state of California. Although there is some confusion about exactly how this new law will be implemented and how it will affect the marijuana business as a whole, there is one thing we know for certain: those with a medical marijuana card won’t have to pay retail sales tax on their purchases of medical cannabis, medical cannabis concentrate, edible medical cannabis products, and topical cannabis. As long as you can present your valid Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) from the California Department of Public Health, you’ll be able to avoid paying the California sales tax on MMJ. If you don’t have a cannabis card, you’ll pay the standard 15% tax on all of your cannabis products, which can definitely start draining your wallet.

If you’re one of the 1.5 million people in California with an MMJ card, you can buy, grow, and consume marijuana products legally. These products can be used to help fight symptoms of a huge variety of conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain, cancer, migraines, and seizures. Because there’s a stipulation that any condition that prevents you from performing your day-to-day activities qualifies, there are thousands of conditions that can be cited as why medical marijuana would work as a treatment option for you.

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If you hold a medical marijuana card in California, you’ll be exempt from paying sales tax.

What your costs could be

It can be difficult to determine what your overall out-of-pocket expenses will be when you purchase your medical marijuana products. According to some websites, average cannabis prices in California are usually around $250 per ounce for high-quality marijuana or about $200 for mid-quality product. However, if you want to obtain a medical marijuana card to skip paying taxes, you could apply for a card for around $66 (or around $33 for individuals on Medi-Cal). These fees can vary between counties, but they won’t exceed $100 for the whole application process (or $50 for those enrolled in Medi-Cal). It costs between $25-$40 to renew your card every year, and it will be anywhere between $45-$150 for the doctor’s visit (or you can find a doctor who can prescribe an MMJ card online, so you don’t even have to make a trip to the office). The card is valid for exactly one year when you have to go through the process of renewing it by applying again. Even with the costs of getting a cannabis card, you could still save a significant amount of money by getting a card and not paying California sales tax on marijuana products.

With the legalization of marijuana in California, there will definitely be many changes taking place. It’s possible that dispensaries will start having two separate rooms: one for recreational users and one for individuals with a medical marijuana card. If you don’t have a card and head into the recreational room, you will have to pay that dreaded sales tax.

How much you could save with an MMJ card

Let’s break down how much you could possibly save with an MMJ card. Overall, those individuals purchasing with a cannabis card pay less; it’s cheaper and you can purchase more than others without a card even once it’s legalized. For example, MMJ card holders are allowed to purchase eight ounces versus just one ounce for those without a cannabis card. If you do spend a significant amount on your medical marijuana supply during the whole year, you’re more likely to see generous savings with a MMJ card than without one.

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Be smart when you purchase your MMJ – use your card and save money!

If you spend around $250 on product, without a cannabis card, you’d be charged a 15% sales tax of $37.50. Even if the card costs you at the most $100 to get (there’s a cap, so you won’t spend more than this on the actual card), you’d be earning back that cost very quickly. That’s pretty significant savings, especially if you purchase product frequently. Another example would be if you buy 1/8th of marijuana (or 3.5 grams), you would probably pay around $50 with your cannabis card. Whereas, if you don’t have a card, starting in 2018, 1/8th could cost you as much as $90. That’s a huge difference!

Additionally, you should keep in mind that there could be slight increases in the actual cost of the products in 2018 because cultivators still have to incur costs from production. This added cost would apply to both recreational and medical marijuana users. On the other hand, there are also some people who believe that marijuana becoming legalized will create a surplus of products that can only be sold to California residents or visitors to the state. If this surplus does occur, prices could actually be reduced slightly.

The bottom line

While figuring out your exact costs while being a medical marijuana card holder, make sure you do your research and see how the current California medical marijuana requirements apply to your specific circumstances. Then, you can figure out how to use this information to avoid sales tax and limit your spending.

Will the MMJ Revolution Spread to Non-MMJ States?

The medical marijuana revolution is well and truly upon America. It started with a trickle, and little by little grew into a full-on flood; in 2017, 29 states are MMJ legal, and many more look set to follow over the coming months and years. The medical marijuana cause is bolstered by the increased acceptance of recreational marijuana in certain parts of the country. It stands to reason that if people are being allowed personal use, patients in need of its therapeutic benefits become impossible to deny. Although they are two separate strands of the same essential argument, MMJ stands to gain the most ground as the debate continues across America.

So where did MMJ start? Well, basically, medical marijuana has been around for a long time, and it wasn’t always considered an illegal substance. American medical journals dating all the way back from the late 18th century recommend using hemp seeds and roots for medicinal practices. 1914 was the first time the substance was criminalized, and any gains made in the subsequent decades were derailed by the Reagan in the 1970s, when he came down hard on drugs. Since that time, however, the trend has shifted towards relaxation. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and by 2009, twelve more states had followed its lead. Fast forward to 2017, and 29 states have gone green for medical cannabis, as well as the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. West Virginia is the latest state to join the revolution, with the remaining 21 still to follow.

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Will medical cannabis be made legal in all 50 states?

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, though. 1996 to 2017 is 21 years, which is a long time to cover just over half the country. Judging by those statistics, we can estimate that all 50 states will be MMJ legal by 2038, which seems a crazy amount of time to wait for what is tried and tested medical care. Also, while California pioneered the medicine with little resistance, and had some of the most liberal MMJ law in the country, the same rules don’t apply in every state.

A surprising battle was fought in the traditionally liberal stronghold of New York, for instance. The Governor there, Andrew Cuomo, has long held a conservative stance on medical cannabis, and was hesitant to bring in a blanket MMJ law such as California’s without curtailing it with some limiting caveats. The debate took up most of 2014, and although the MMJ law eventually passed, it was not without some seriously restrictive measures. One of the biggest issues is that New York does not allow patients to smoke medical marijuana, which is proven to be the most effective method of administering the medicine. There is also a heavy restriction on the amount of dispensaries that can sell MMJ, which limits the amount of patients that can be served at any one time.

Upon its legalization, there were also very few qualifying conditions in the New York bill. Qualifying conditions are important, because the more specific they are, the more doctors are limited (by law) in who they can administer the medicine to. At the advent of the bill in NY, only severe conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s, and ALS were approved to be treated by MMJ. This is problematic because one of the conditions that most benefits from the drug is ‘chronic pain’, which can occur separate from any named disease. This also lets doctors be much freer about who they can prescribe too. After much campaigning, ‘chronic pain’ was added to the list of New York MMJ qualifying conditions, but the MMJ cause in the East Coast state is still on very thin ice, with some maintaining that it has been designed to fail from the start.

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MMJ laws differ significantly from state to state.

New York is just one example of a state where MMJ law has had (and continues to have) birthing problems. Unfortunately, not every state agrees with the core tenets of MMJ practice, and so there are wildly varying caveats to each state’s bill. The federal government can’t  make one definitive ruling on MMJ law, so until then, we’re stuck with going on a state-by-state basis, with all the red tape and bureaucratic back-and-forth that entails.

Another debilitating factor is that many of the hardline conservative states such as Alabama are proving to be a very tough sell indeed when it comes to MMJ. ‘Legalizing drugs’ in even the vaguest sense (even if it benefited sick people) would seemingly represent a major corruption of values. Though marijuana possession has been gradually decriminalized in Alabama, those in the know suggest that it will likely be one of the last states to make medical cannabis legal. Ultimately, it’s a matter of time and waiting, however frustrating that may be. The MMJ revolution will eventually spread to all 50 states of the U.S.A.; but how long it takes to do that is currently anyone’s guess.

Why New York Medical Marijuana Laws Are Stricter Than in California

Why would anyone choose to leave sunny California? The weather is amazing, the people are chill and most importantly, the medical marijuana laws are pretty relaxed.

The Golden State was the first to bring MMJ laws onto its books. While many states have followed suit, not many have as relaxed laws as California does. There is also a great rivalry between the east and west coasts, so how do Californian medical marijuana laws measure up to those in New York state?

MMJ Laws in New York and California

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The main difference between New York medical marijuana laws and California medical cannabis laws are the forms that are legal to consume.

The short answer is that New York has far stricter rules on medical marijuana than California. While California has had MMJ laws on the books since 1996, New York only brought in limited medical marijuana laws on 2014.

The main difference between MMJ in the states is the forms that are legal. In California, you can consume smoking cannabis, edibles, tinctures and pretty much any kind of medical marijuana. However, in New York, there are strict laws in place relating to what can be consumed. Patients may only consume MMJ via oils or sprays to be vaporized or consumed orally. Edibles and cannabis cigarettes are still strictly illegal.

You are also not permitted to grow medical marijuana for your own use, whereas this is permitted in California. This can present issues for patients who experience the best results from cannabis cigarettes or edibles, as opposed to tinctures, oils or vapes.

Medical marijuana benefits different people in different ways, and the forms that you consume them in can often have differing effects. It’s unfortunate that New York state cannot cater to all of its medical marijuana patients, some of which live with chronic and unmanageable pain, but a broader law may come into effect with continued campaigning.

Obtaining Medical Marijuana in New York and California

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In California, the process of obtaining an MMJ card is much easier than obtaining one in New York.

The ways in which you obtain a medical marijuana card in both states are also slightly different. In California, you can visit a medical marijuana professional for an in-person or online consultation. They will ask you the nature of your condition and prescribe medical cannabis to you based on your needs. You then receive your MMJ card and go to your dispensary to pick the form and strain of medical marijuana you need.

In New York, things are far stricter. Patients must suffer from a specified condition that appears on a list that has been ratified by the Commissioner. These conditions include Alzheimer’s Disease, chronic pain (which is very strictly defined) HIV/AIDS, cancer or epilepsy. This means that you need to fit very strict medical criteria before you can even consider seeking a medical marijuana card.

After you have deemed yourself suitable for medical marijuana treatment, you have to visit a registered medical marijuana practitioner. All medical marijuana practitioners must be registered with New York State and noted on a public register. When you visit an MMJ practitioner in New York, they will also decide the appropriate dosage and strain for you, as well as the form you consume it in.

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When you visit an MMJ practitioner in California, you get to decide your appropriate dosage and strain.

In California, that decision is left up to the patient. For example, you can go to a medical marijuana practitioner in New York State, who will decide you need a certain strain, in a certain amount to be administered and consumed in a certain form. You then bring the “prescription” to a dispensary, who can only give you the medical cannabis that the registered practitioner has decided is most appropriate for you.

As medical marijuana practitioners must register with the state, so too must patients. When you receive your MMJ certificate from your practitioner, you must register as a medical marijuana patient online. You will then be sent a card, which will allow you to receive your treatment. You cannot receive any treatment without your identification card.

Dispensaries in New York are also required to be fully registered and can only carry pre-approved products that can be designated to patients. While there is a wide variety of ways to take medical marijuana in California, practitioners in New York are only allowed to certify patients to take certain types and brands, with varying rates of THC and CBD.

As you can see, the measures in New York are far stricter than those in California, and this mostly just comes down to stigma. In California, MMJ has been around for over twenty years, and most citizens are comfortable with the concept, as it has changed so many lives for the better. New York is still coming around to the idea, and is being incredibly strict so as not to be seen to be condoning recreational drug use.

Hopefully, with time, New York will be able to relax its incredibly strict MMJ laws and allow more people access to a lifeline that has changed people from being in so much pain that they cannot function, to being functional members of society.