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Nevada pushes ahead with marijuana clubs
Only alcohol beats Marijuana in being the most popular mood-altering and recreational drug used across the world. Drying and shredding of the 'hemp' plant is how marijuana is produced. It is the presence of a primary active ingredient called THC present in marijuana that causes conditions like loss of inhibition, elation and distorted sense of time. It may also result in temporary increase in visual sensibility and imaginative abilities.
Although marijuana is considered as one of the major addiction causing substances around the world, its medicinal values cannot be ignored. Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the United States Federal Law made it illegal to either buy, sell, possess, cultivate or use marijuana in the country. It was classified as a Schedule 1 drug meaning it had potential for abuse and no acceptable medicinal value.
But according to extensive research, Marijuana is one of the most therapeutically active substances having a lot of pathological benefits. When marijuana is used for medical purposes, in regulated dosage as a pathological drug, it is considered to have significant medical values for patients who suffer from cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. Despite smoked cannabis not being approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration under the federal government, a lot of research and studies have established the vast number of medicinal properties that the substance has manifested in pathological conditions.
The federal government of the United States of America has not legalized any usage of marijuana, even in the form of medicinal dosage. However, out of the 50 states in the Union, currently 13 states have passed laws for compassionate use of marijuana in the form of cannabis for medicinal therapy. These states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. But it must be kept in mind that the residents of the particular state are allowed to possess and use medical marijuana only within the state boundaries of their nativity. Apart from these, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have legislated to recognize the medicinal value of marijuana. But the state does not undertake to protect its citizens from federal legislation.
Nevada pushes ahead with marijuana clubs
Many people across the Country use cannabis for medicinal purposes. Luckily for those in the state of Colorado they can now legally seek relief without fear of the law. In the November 2000 general election, the people of Colorado voted to legalize the use of medical marijuana for persons suffering from debilitating medical conditions. Amendment 20 allows a patient to have up to 2 ounces of cannabis in their possession and grow up to 6 plants.
What does this mean for you? Well, if you have one of the qualifying medical conditions then just follow this simple guide to legally apply for your medical cannabis card.
First you will need to schedule a medical marijuana evaluation with a state approved doctor. There are many resources for researching and choosing a compassionate doctor across Colorado, so be sure to do the proper research to find a reputable source. It's best to provide this doctor with your medical records if possible. While this makes the process easier for everyone, it's not required at many locations.
Your doctor will need to diagnose you with one of the following conditions to be eligible for the official Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry:
HIV or AIDS or a medical condition or treatment that produces, for this patient, one or more of the following and which, in the physician's professional opinion, may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana.
Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
Persistent muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
Once your doctor approves the recommendation, they will need to fill out the Physician Certification form. Only licensed medical doctor's in good standing with the state of Colorado may sign this form. Next is your official Registry Application Form. This needs to be signed, dated and notarized in front of an official state Notary. Then you need to include a photo copy of a valid Colorado ID (driver's license, state ID, etc). Finally, a $90 non-refundable application fee must be paid by an included check or money order payable to CDPHE.
All forms are available for download from the official Colorado Department of Public Health website. Be sure to make photo copies of everything! Then package and mail all the materials to the Registry's Office within 60 days of the doctor's signature:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Medical Marijuana Registry or MMR HSVRD-MMP-A1 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO 80246-1530
That's really all there is to it! Next you will have to play the waiting game because the Registry's Office is currently way behind on approving new applicants. Estimated wait times can be up to 6 months from when the Registry Office receives your application. The good news is you can use photo copies of all your documents as your temporary proof of registration until you receive your card in the mail.