In order to be in the “marijuana business” (at least in California) to buy, grow, possess, distribute, deliver or cook medical marijuana etc. you MUST become a patient.
A. State Law Compliance Guidelines
1. Physicians Recommendation: Patients must have a written or verbal reccomendation for medical marijuana from a licensed physician. (See p. 71)
The first step in your journey, and the first thing to put on your checklist, is getting a proper doctor recommendation. As you may or may not know, a doctor can only “recommend” that you use medical marijuana not actually “prescribe” it to you. So, contrary to popular misconception, this is NOT a prescription. It is a recommendation. Why?
Because we have a certain thing called “SCHEDULING” as a result of the Controlled
Substances Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controlled_Substances_Act) marijuana is
considered a Schedule 1 drug.
Because marijuana and all Schedule 1 drugs are considered to have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” doctors cannot prescribe them to anyone without fear of having their license revoked by the federal government.
Until marijuana is “re-scheduled” or re-classified into a Schedule II drug, doctors can only recommend it. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_cannabis_from_Schedule_I_of_the_Controlled_Substances_Act)
It is therefore of primary importance to choose a physician who is knowledgable, experienced and preferably a veteran of the industry. Someone who won’t go out of business tomorrow or is part of a shady group of doctors. Because if your doctor loses his license or goes out of business, your doctor’s recommendation immediately becomes invalid and you become
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