Marihuana, also known as marijuana, is a drug that can be used for medicinal purposes. It may alleviate nausea from chemotherapy, spasticity from multiple sclerosis, or chronic pain. But proper usage and regulation can be nebulous. Many doctors are hesitant to prescribe marihuana because of their lack of knowledge about dosages, side effects, and risks. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act was developed to facilitate the treatment of marihuana for diseased patients in need.
This article will cover five quick tips that you should know before applying to your state’s medical marihuana program.
Tip 1: Determine If You Need To Be On the Program
Before applying for a medical marihuana program, you should research to determine whether this is the right option. In addition, consider consulting a doctor. They will be able to discuss which other medications may be available to treat your condition and provide insight into any risks of using marihuana. According to one report, 80% of patients with HIV/AIDS who use medical marijuana were able to discontinue using pharmaceutical drugs.1 This statistic reveals that you may be able to substitute marihuana for other medications – possibly with fewer side effects and more significant benefits.
Tip 2: Know if You Have a Condition That is Eligible For Treatment With Medical Marihuana
As mentioned earlier, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act was created to facilitate the treatment of patients with certain conditions. Currently, marihuana is only approved for treating cancer, glaucoma. HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C (or debilitating side effects from treatment), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, and nail patella. There are other states which have more extensive lists of eligible conditions.
Tip 3: Know What Documentation You’ll Need to Apply For the Program
The website for your state’s program will include requirements for documentation and information that you must provide to apply. You should consider obtaining this information before submitting your application. Everyday items include proof of residence (utility bill or lease), photo identification, and a physician statement. If you are applying as a minor, the parent or guardian who has custody of you must provide their information and consent. The parent or guardian must also provide proof of guardianship (court document).
Tip 4: Know the Cost and Process of Applying Medical Marihuana License
The costs of applying for medical marihuana vary by state, and some states will not charge an application fee. You should also aware that applying requires patience due to the amount of time that may needed for requests for additional information or fingerprinting. Expect up to three months before you hear anything about your application. The approved license is valid for one year, so applying at least three months before you need it is essential. If your application is denied, you will have to wait another three months before reapplying. Since this process involves waiting for many applications to go through before yours, some states suggest you apply at least six months before the program will be available in your area.
Tip 5: Apply By Filling Out a Form Online
The easiest way to apply for your state’s medical marihuana program is by filling out an online application form. Some states may require you to complete and submit the application in hard copy; others will provide the option to print or save it. In either case, read the instructions and gather any documentation you need before proceeding. Many states have their website, which includes contact information, a list of eligible conditions, and detailed instructions on application requirements.
A brief review of these five tips should give you a good idea about how to proceed with submitting your medical marihuana application – whether for medicinal treats for yourself or someone else in need.
Medical marihuana has proven to be an effective treatment for many people suffering from a myriad of conditions. However, knowing what you need to apply and how the process works before you submit your application is essential. Your state’s website should include all the information and forms needed for applying for a medical marihuana program license. You can also contact your local health department or other state agencies for more information about eligibility requirements, documentation, and application procedures.