Medical marijuana is finally available to qualifying patients in Missouri, but supply remains limited. As of this writing, only 13 Missouri dispensaries have opened their doors. But with so few options and so much demand (over 65,000 patients registered so far, and thousands more applications being processed), businesses are finding themselves in a bit of a bind.
What would cannabis legalization in Maryland mean for medical marijuana patients? This question is on many people’s minds in light of some recent reports.
Maryland lawmakers are considering marijuana legalization as part of the 2021 legislative session. State Delegate Jazz Lewis (D) has been working on a formal draft of what could become the state’s marijuana legalization bill, which includes a regulated recreational marketplace, expungement of past marijuana convictions, and the enactment of a social equity program that would reinvest in communities negatively impacted by the War on Drugs.
But there’s still the question of what it could mean for the state’s 100,000 registered medical marijuana patients.
Regulators from Maryland recently made headlines by co-founding the new Cannabis Regulators Association, a nationwide coalition of cannabis policymakers. This move could have huge ramifications for future cannabis policy—including medical marijuana policy—in the U.S.
Under the guidance of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), Maryland has been a national leader in medical marijuana policy since 2014, with the enactment of House Bill 881.
While the bill laid the groundwork for a formal medical marijuana program, the state has actually tolerated medicinal marijuana use since 2003, when the Darrell Putman Compassionate Use Act was signed to protect patients. As one of the first states to recognize and protect medicinal users, Maryland is in an excellent position to help shape nationwide policy.
Do you live with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in the state of Maryland? If so, you may qualify for a medical marijuana card. While cannabis is a relatively novel treatment approach for CRPS, it may offer some degree of symptom relief without the side effects of common drugs.
Maryland patients may have a new treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome: medical marijuana.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) impacts over 8 million Americans every year, and it can be difficult to treat. Extreme measures like wrist-splinting and surgery aren’t always effective, and conventional medications only offer short-term relief—often with severe side effects. Some states are allowing sufferers to access medical marijuana as an alternative treatment, but what about Maryland?
Bipolar disorder affects more than 2.3 million Americans, about 1% of the general population, and a growing number are turning to medical marijuana as an alternative or supplement to conventional medications.
The state of Missouri, though, won’t issue a medical marijuana for just any condition. You must have one of the state’s qualifying conditions. So, the question is, can you get a medical marijuana card for bipolar disorder in Missouri?
Cannabis edibles are extremely popular among medical marijuana patients because they’re smoke-free and easy to consume, but are edibles dangerous? You’ve undoubtedly heard the stories of “bad trips” resulting from overconsumption, but there are ways to enjoy these products safely. Most importantly, always get a doctor’s consultation before using edibles. A knowledgeable physician can advise you on the dosage and what to expect. Read More
If you’re considering medical marijuana but you’re averse to the idea of smoking it, you have a range of other consumption options available. There are over 4 million legal medical marijuana patients nationwide, and this thriving marketplace has paved the way for a myriad of products and delivery systems, some of which are relatively new. If you don’t want to consume cannabis the old-fashioned way, consider just a few other ways to use marijuana without smoking it. Read More
As certified medical marijuana doctors, we often get asked the question “Does marijuana lose its potency?” Over time, cannabinoids degrade and marijuana loses its potency, reducing both the psychoactive and therapeutic effects. Patients have to be diligent about storing their cannabis properly and using it within the recommended time frame. The key is understanding how to properly store it and how quickly to use it. Read More
There are several key Maryland medical marijuana laws every current and prospective patient must know. For instance, did you know that you can get into serious legal hot water for owning a gun as a medical cardholder? Or that your card-carrying status doesn’t protect you from disciplinary action at work? We’ve listed the most important laws that every patient in Maryland should be aware of.
The following represents just a basic overview of state laws and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Speak to an attorney if you have any questions about the laws as they pertain to your own patient status. Read More
There are a few important Missouri medical marijuana laws to consider when becoming a legal patient. For instance, CBD is still largely prohibited in the state—even though CBD retailers are popping up everywhere. There are also strict possession limits for how MMJ patients can carry. And there’s the big question of whether Missouri patients can purchase a firearm.
The following represents a basic overview of state laws and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Speak to an attorney if you have any questions about the laws as they pertain to your own patient status. Read More
New Jersey marijuana laws are complex and strict. While the Garden State is more cannabis-friendly than some states in the union, marijuana use is still heavily restricted and regulated.
For instance, did you know that New Jersey has some of the nation’s toughest penalties on the books for people who grow marijuana at home? Or that certain medical patients can smoke an unlimited supply of cannabis? Yes, New Jersey’s laws are unique, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the key regulations. Read More
There are more than 80,000 medical marijuana patients in New Jersey. If you already have a medical marijuana card, or if you’re thinking of applying for one, you’ll first need to familiarize yourself with the laws, the regulations, and the registration process. We’ve created this guide to help you become an informed patient. Read More