60% Of Day 1 Applicants Have Chronic Pain!!

News story reports 110 patients have applied for their medical marijuana card on our first day. 60% of them have listed their condition as chronic pain.

We understand that chronic pain and the long lasting effects of injuries cause this and we feel for these people. We hope that medicinal marijuana helps or continues to help their conditions. Long term side effects, addiction, and possible overdoses that are associated with some pain killers is difficult.

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Some Say This May Be For Recreation.

We have heard this and it’s possible.

There will be people that will lie to our doctors and say they are in chronic pain. There is no meter that can be attached to someone to determine how much pain they are in so our doctors must be informed verbally of your condition.

The three possibilities that exist are with chronic pain, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also know as ALS or Lou Gehrigs Disease. These conditions cannot be diagnosed with certainty and we understand that people will fake sicknesses to get legal and use medical marijuana.

We hope that patients will tell the truth but we understand that patients will fake their illnesses. With the hundreds of thousands of addicts that are currently on deadly opiate pain pills such as Oxycontin, lying to doctors to get intoxicating medicine is nothing new to this country.

We recommend that you be honest with our physicians, stating how much pain you are in, how often you get this pain and that you feel that treatment is necessary. It’s also important to state what causes you the pain such as chronic migraines or any injuries you may have suffered in the past.

 

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Why Is It Important To Get Legal?

There is a huge difference in the laws of California and Arizona when it comes to the legal process so I thought I would point out 2 scenarios as explained by state law and the repercussions of both. Assumptions are as follows;

1. Person is possessing 1 ounce of marijuana.

2. Person is not a qualified patient under state law.

3. Person is detained by law enforcement.

Without being a patient, this person committed a crime and would subject to the following penalties by state.

California

If this would happen within the state confines of California, the law enforcement office would write you a ticket and give you a fine for $100 and your medication would be taken away. You would not be detained any further than this and this crime would not go on your record. Simply put, marijuana possession for non-patients does less harm than a speeding ticket.

Arizona

If this would happen within the state confines of Arizona, the law enforcement officer would be required to arrest you. They have the option to either charge you with a felony or a misdemeanor. The incarceration time will be within 6-18 months. The fine will be within the range of $750-$150,000. So if you didn’t get a lenient judge you could be facing huge fines and a long jail sentence.

This is an obvious and excellent reason to get legal. Having an Arizona medical card will save you jail time and money. For a harmless plant, this is an insane amount of  penalties.

This is why we say get legal and we mean it. Your rights as a patient are enormous. Those California residents are not in the same boat, 18 months of jail time vs. $100 is quite the difference. We hope that we will have the same decriminalization someday as California, but this may never happen.

Furthermore, If you choose to cultivate your medicine outside the state laws. You would be charged with a misdemeanor of a felony, your jail time would be 9-24 months and your fine could be withing the same amount of $750-$150,000. This is why we feel it is important to get your growers endorsement when you get your state card.

Also, possession of paraphernalia such as pipes would be a 6-18 months jail sentence and anywhere up to $150,000 fine.

If you will be providing patients with this medication, it is imperative that you apply for a caregivers license. Should you receive any money for providing someone with their medication you would face 18-36 months in jail and the same fines. Sale or deliver for sale is contains the same fine but the incarceration time for this is 30-84 months. The caregiver portion of the law will save some serious jail time.

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Can I Get A Recommendation For Anxiety Or Depression?

The simple answer is no. Neither anxiety nor depression is currently a listed condition.

But as the television adds for the prescription Abilify show, depression can cause pain. If you feel that your anxiety or pain is causing you to have long term pain then you may qualify as Proposition 203 allows for the chronic pain clause to apply if that pain is caused from any debilitating condition.

So as the simple answer is no, the best answer is to call and schedule an appointment. If we can’t help you get a recommendation, you won’t pay.

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Can I Get Fired For Failing A Drug Test At Work?

If you are a licensed medical marijuana patient, then you shouldn’t. It’s important to see a board certified licensed physician like those at our office. Next step is to get licensed with the state. Proposition 203 is a ground breaking law that prevents discrimination. As long as your employer doesn’t receive federal funding and you don’t show up impaired to work, then you should be okay.

There is also a provision to keep landlords from discriminating against you so you you shouldn’t be able to get evicted as a patient.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder!! Proposition 203 doesn’t cover it!!

Anyone who is a proponent of Arizona proposition 203 or medical marijuana pretty much agrees that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD should be one of the listed conditions. The fact is that it is not, but there is recourse in the meantime. If your PTSD causes you pain in a chronic fashion, then you may be able to qualify for medical marijuana. Please call our offices and ask.

Proposition 203 allows for conditions to be listed at a later date and will hold hearings to determine the validity of a proposal so this should be available in the future.

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