Depending on your state laws, you may have to obtain special permission in order to qualify for medical marijuana.

Understanding New Medical Marijuana Programs and Laws

Several states in the U.S. have now approved marijuana as a recreational drug, and others have approved it for medical use only. Many cancer patients testify that marijuana drastically reduces pain levels, reduces nausea associated with rigorous chemotherapy sessions and reduces inflammation. While the benefits of medical marijuana may outweigh any controversies surrounding legalization, many individuals are finding it difficult to obtain the necessary permissions, simply because the process is so new.

If you live in Oregon and are seeking information on how to receive a medical marijuana card in Portland, you might find it difficult to wade through the plethora of information that appears in search engine results. Here are some points of interest you should research first before obtaining your card.

Determine Which Laws Apply in Your State

Some states have approved the use of medical marijuana as an alternative therapy program for patients, and others have approved the use of the drug in general. Research your state’s laws in order to determine if you even need to apply for special permission in order to legally use marijuana to treat your medical condition.

Caregivers are Different than Dispensaries

Some states have implemented a system in which a qualified individual referred to as a “caregiver” can assist another individual in growing or acquiring marijuana. Other states, including California, have authorized dispensaries to sell medical marijuana to individuals who are approved or to their listed caregiver. The state may also limit the number of caregivers that can be assigned to a single patient and may limit the number of patients that can be assigned to a caregiver.

Understand Different Limitations Set by Your State

If you travel to a different state, your medical marijuana card may not be considered valid. In addition, each state has defined limitations as to how much marijuana is legal for qualified applicants. Some states are more lenient than others, such as Oregon, which allows individuals the right to purchase 24 ounces of the drug. Other states may limit use to only a single ounce. Become as familiar as possible with the conditions your state has set before you apply for your card, and the process should be relatively hassle-free.