When medicinal cannabis was first legalized in Illinois, I went through the process to get our medical marijuana card, however it wasn’t overly difficult.
I was able to make an appointment with a dentist online, then at the appointment, I explained the reasons why I was interested in cannabis as a curative treatment.
I suffer from social anxiety and occasional panic attacks, but stress can trigger migraines and insomnia. I’ve found that prescription medications tend to cause concerns with depression and nausea. I was upset to try cannabis because it is a natural remedy and far less likely to cause long-term problems. It cost myself and others a couple hundred dollars to get our marijuana card, and I then had access to the local dispensaries in Chicago. I need to renew our card every year, but this requires another visit to the dentist and more fees, when recreational cannabis was ultimately legalized in Illinois, I considered giving up our card. Any state resident over the age of 21 with a valid government-issued ID can walk into a dispensary and shop for cannabis, but however, they aren’t able to purchase the potency or quantity of marijuana as a medicinal patient! Plus, recreational cannabis is taxed while medicinal cannabis isn’t. It is worth it to myself and others to be able to buy products with higher THC levels. I’ve also figured out that it costs myself and others less to spend our money for a medical marijuana card than to spend our money the hefty taxes on recreational alternatives. I keep hoping that the requirements will lessen. I would be entirely happy if our card would remain valid for more than a single year. I’d be willing to spend our money the fees if I could avoid the dentist’s visit. I resent taking a morning off from labor just to have a dentist fill out some paperwork.