Medical Marijuana Cards



         The legalization for medical marijuana has been huge. The legislature of NH approved medical marijuana in 2013. In New Hampshire, cards were available December 2015 and dispensaries opened in the Spring of 2016. There is a background on why the state started issuing medical marijuana cards. A woman with terminal cancer actually sued the state of New Hampshire for an identification card so that she could go to Maine and buy marijuana. Which then, gave the legislation the push to pursue the ID cards.

         There is a list of qualifying medical conditions to be eligible for a medical marijuana card. For a few examples: HIV, Crohn’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, and cancer. Your physician or APRN needs to complete paperwork confirming that you have a “qualifying medical condition”. In bold on, it states that “Your medical provider is required to certify that you have BOTH a condition listed in the first paragraph AND a symptom listed in the second paragraph.” The card in New Hampshire, allows patients to legally possess up to two ounces of marijuana. This also allows them to purchase in other states without fear of facing charges.

          I, personally have a medical marijuana card. I take a spoonful of cannabis oil under my tongue, both in the morning and at night. But there are other forms too; HempVap, Hemp Oil, CanChew, HempOil shots, and more. Ever since we found out about my condition my dad has been doing nothing but researching different things for me to try because he did not like me being on chemo. He says “Chemo is healing you and killing you at the same time because yes it is working right now, but in five years you’ll most likely be diagnosed with another form of cancer.” My grandmother has Multiple Sclerosis and she has a card, too. Marijuana helps alleviate the pain of MS.

Medical marijuana cards combine Health, Science and Criminal Justice. Marijuana has been proven to help control epileptic seizures, help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health, there’s a chemical in marijuana that stops cancer from spreading, and many more. Marijuana has historically been illegal for all things. But, through the evolution of technology and science it has been proven to have SO many positive effects. Through the court system, there are currently twenty-eight states that have legalized medical marijuana. Each state has different laws surrounding the legalization. For example, in California, you can possess eight ounces of usable; six mature or twelve immature plants and in Rhode Island you can possess 2.5 ounces of usable and 12 plants. The creation of medical marijuana cards is a great step forward for health care.

7 thoughts on “Medical Marijuana Cards

  1. Robin DeRosa says:

    Yet another post where you use your personal story to jump into a broader context. It’s a powerful way to enter conversations, and the generosity you show in sharing your experiences is inspiring. But I also love that you press into academic questions, and use your experience to think about broader implications for the community. I really just enjoy reading your work so much!

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