We are a community that prefers a natural, herbal approach to the aches and pains of daily life. This site provides relevant news, current events, and state laws to provide guidance on becoming a medical marijuana patient, becoming a medical marijuana caregiver, and to inform them on the beneficial uses of cannabis. There are popular forums where everyone is encouraged to openly discuss all things cannabis. We have registered patients and caregivers from across the country discussing the beneficial herbal supplements that can be made from cannabis and how they can be best used. Since patients and caregivers are part of our community, we provide a safe, secure, and regulatory-compliant way for them to connect.
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The Growth of the Medical Marijuana Industry
Statutes allowing for the use of medical marijuana have been enacted in twenty five states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Marijuana markets will likely double in the next five years.
Over 24 million patients in the United States are considered to have medical conditions with symptoms that could potentially be alleviated with the use of medical marijuana, and they are eligible to receive recommendations to do so through their physicians. As of 2011, 730,000 Americans had obtained that recommendation and now take advantage of the therapeutic values of cannabis - either by cultivating it themselves or utilizing a marijuana caregiver or state-operated dispensary. (Find a caregiver in your state here.)
Medical marijuana is being used across the nation to treat people with qualifying medical conditions like AIDS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, chronic pain and several other ailments -- making the marijuana industry huge, to the tune of $120 billion annually. Since the Obama administration de-prioritized marijuana prosecutions at the federal level for people who are complying with state medical marijuana statutes, hundreds of businesses have opened throughout the country to cultivate, distribute and sell medical cannabis.
Medical marijuana laws differ from state to state and are amended occasionally, but medical marijuana caregivers are generally defined as individuals or distributors who can possess, cultivate and provide medical cannabis to qualified medical marijuana patients.
Making marijuana available to patients who can benefit from its medicinal qualities might also make it accessible to individuals who only want to experience a THC high. Considering the relatively benign effects of THC, however, that reality shouldn’t negate the value of medical cannabis. After all, this is true of a wide range of much more dangerous drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which are prescribed by physicians and distributed by pharmacies all across America every day. However, depending on individual state law, patients who don’t carefully follow the guidelines regarding medical marijuana run the risk of being arrested and could face felony drug charges. Educate yourself before you medicate yourself.