HOW TO BUY MEDICAL MARIJUANA WISELY - ONLY FOOLS RUSH IN
photo - FOOLISH MARIJUANA USER
"Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Or read this article and forget about who's shaming who."
In this article we discuss how to get Medical Marijuana legally in California and not get ripped off. Right now, it is a bit of a free for all out there. State and County laws are changing rapidly. We share our experience from our on-line lives in Medical Marijuana consumerism here and answer the FAQs including:
- How can I legally buy Medical Marijuana in California?
- How can I get a Medical Marijuana Recommendation online?
- How can I know if a provider is a scam artist?
- Where can I get a Cannabis ID card?
- Where can I get good Medical Weed?
- What is the best Marijuana for me?
- How can I know that my Medical Pot is high quality?
- How can I tell if Weed has chemicals and pesticides in it?
- How do I know my information is safe?
The following exercise was useful to reveal - case in point - the nature of Marijuana in California in the age of the internet.
NUGGETS OF WISDOM?
In our Marijuana in the City series, we included a section on the rules, regulations, legal providers of Medical Marijuana, etc, in the 30 largest cities in California. When it came time to edit the final copy, we double checked the facts for accuracy and found some issues. Some of the facts had changed in a week or two, which illustrates the dynamic nature of MMJ in California. We share here some nuggets or oxymorons, what have you."
- Eight years of legislation of one county was thrown out in court. The rules were reset in the time it took to write up the article on that city.
- A police chief's second in command was busted for trafficking massive quantities of Marijuana... in a county with "zero" tolerance, might we add?
- Two competing proposals for marijuana dispensary and other issues became one overnight. The author of one proposal jumped ships and overnight there was only one.
- Several of the "top internet" ranked services turned out to be illegal.
At the end of the day, the Internet is here to stay. We "live" in this internet jungle, we best learn how to trek along the safe lovely paths through the bush and avoid misadventure into the alligator infested swamps, as it were.
Telehealth (medical services online) is on its way to be the primary way people interact with their doctors and healthcare providers.
How can I legally buy Medical Marijuana in California?
You only need a Rec. A rec or Recommendation is a note from a licensed medical doctor allows you to buy Marijuana from legal dispensaries, cooperatives, delivery services and clubs. Click here for a legal online recommendation. You need to be a resident of California and have ID to prove it. Getting a rec online cost less than $50. Going to a clinic in person or the county for a rec and ID usually costs a lot more. If someone is charging $25 or you can haggle over the price, these are RED flags, a full scam alert.
Here is a trick. If you say, I am from Canada on holiday, can I get a recommendation? If they say yes, they are either lying or don't know. Either way, it is a scam.
Medical Marijuana became legal in California almost 20 years ago under Proposition 215. This legislation establishes the rules and regulations regarding use, possession, cultivation, caregivers, doctors, dispensaries and more. To learn more click FAQ.
How can I qualify?
If you have pain, anxiety attacks, stress disorders, migraine, you'll probably qualify. These are conditions that are commonly recommended by Cannabis Doctors. Quoting the actual law the MMJ rules of the Golden State are:
As per Proposition 215:
Patients in California diagnosed with one of the following medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the California Medical Marijuana law:
- Chemotherapy Side Effects
- Chronic Pain
- Migraine Headaches
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Radiation Therapy Side Effects
"And, any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) or, if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient's safety or physical or mental health."
420EvaluationsOnline: We provide 420 evaluations for Medical Marijuana by licensed California Doctors. The application process is 100% online. Click here to learn more.
How Can I know if a Provider is a Scam Artist?
Do you need a weatherman to tell which way to wind blows? If not, ask yourself, does services / website will look professional and legit?
Think about it. A professional service of any kind should look smart, especially the Website. If you want legal services, do the people you are dealing with sound legit? Or do they move and talk like drug dealers from the hood?
Fake Pictures - While it is no crime to use pictures from across the web, using fake picture of their "doctor's" is simply fraud. MMJ scammers usually have a picture of a fake doctor with lab coat and stethoscope. The operator is almost always a clean young woman - who is obviously a model. Just right click on any image in a website (using Chrome) and by searching you can find out if its fake, licensed or probably their own.
Testimonials -If there are a lot of testimonials - good, bad and so-so, the service is probably legit. Watch out for sites that have half a dozen perfect ratings or less. If you want to try a new business, just call them up and have a little chat. You can also google the phone number and see if it's a legit business. If there is no phone number provided, go elsewhere.
Google - Just G-search = "mmjcompanyname + scam" and select the last year of entries.
Look as several query results before you decide. Lousy customers can have problems with anyone.
Where can I get a Cannabis ID Card?
Ask your MMJ recommending doctor for ID. If they cannot help, you can get a Medical Marijuana ID Card here.
What is the best Marijuana for me?
How can I select the right strain? The beauty of the Cannabis Plant is that there is so much variety, just like people. Strains come with a vast array of bouquets which indicate the nature of its volatile components, the terpenes. Terpenes are medical and work synergistically in known and mystical ways to affect humans physically and psychologically. Top growers supply a certificate of analysis from an accredited lab that specifies the THC and CBD content and also say's if it is mold and pesticide free. You want to find out if the strain is a day or night weed, which is another way of saying GO with a glow or STOP in your tracks.
Most everyone has tried Pot at some point. But we usually didn't really know what was in it. I've smoked grass in several parts of the world and it's not even apples and oranges. It's peas and watermelons. I like mild strains that some veterans would call garbage.I've tried nice hash from god knows where and got dizzy from BC bud.
Words of Wisdom from a Non-Stoner?
So at the end of the day, yours truly doesn't smoke recreationally, because I don't know what' in it. You can pretty much tell though if it's really high THC by you in-the-know friend's. So I know what I want, high CBD and other Cannabinoids, a bit of THC and plenty of bouquet (terpenes). Call me a health nut if you will, but that's what the research suggests is best and that is what I enjoy.
You should find out if you like THC or not. If you don't like THC and getting stoned, look for high CBD strains with low THC. Consider trying balanced strains in moderation and see if they help you because, after all, THC is a very medicinal cannabinoid.
At the end of the day, once you establish the general type of marijuana (in reference to the certificate of analysis), they you can experiment with similar but different varieties to find out what is optimal for YOU.
Where can I get good Medical Weed?
You can get good weed at a great number of Cannabis Dispensaries, Cooperatives, Clubs and Delivery services. You can get Marijuana delivered to your door that was grown in Barcelona, Spain, if that's what you fancy.
Check out if the Dispensary is a scam using the rules specified previously in this article. If all looks good, equipped with your Doctor's Recommendation, trot off and check em out. Most dispensaries and the people are cool. They're not really a crime hot spot at all. Statistics say that a bank is eight times more likely to get robbed than a Marijuana depot. If you don't like the management and characters you see milling about - be prepared to bail.
On your part, it is not such a good idea to go Weed shopping while stoned. Dispensaries want to be good corporate citizens. It's like at a bar, if you walk in stinking drunk, there is a chance you won't be served. Along these lines, it is not a good idea to light up in the parking lot in or on the way out, needless to say?
Do behave in and around a Dispensary
Assuming all is well, the process will be very simple. Most dispensaries have (or should have) a budsman who can direct you in your selection. Clients are advised not to use the words drugs when it comes to doing legal Marijuana business. Dispensaries don't want to be spoken to like an illegal drug dealer. Drugs are a red flag word that law enforcement can pick up on in error.
You'll get along fine if you treat your visit to the dispensary like a visit to a pharmacy, except substitute the word drug with medicine. Like a drug store, dispensaries don't normally offer discounts, and counseling beyond what it takes to get you the right medicine. If you keep it short and sweet, to the point, you're likely to be considered a great customer.
How do I know if my information is safe?
You want to use a medical practitioner that follows patient-doctor confidentiality laws in California; both Telehealth and HIPAA.
If you get a Medical Marijuana Recommendation or ID Card over the internet, this falls under the rules and guidelines of Telehealth services established by the Medical Board of California.
You also want HIPAA compliance. Business entities that must comply are providers of Medical treatment, payment and operations in healthcare, business associates, or anyone else with access to the mentioned patient information.
"HIPAA, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is America's main standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Companies that deal in public health information (PHI) must ensure the integrity of privacy and security, personnel, processes, physical, network, and other measures are in place, documented and strictly followed."