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Varying costs of medical marijuana throughout the United States

Below are the costs of Medical Marijuana from state to state in the US. All states handle marjunan differently. The further east you go in the US, the more expensive the cost from acquiring a doctors approval, finding a caretaker, and then purchasing the marijuana from the caretaker. All prices reflected is the cost for High-Quality Marijuana.

Oregon

You must have a doctor’s approval and the cost is $170. If you are low-income the cost is $120.

The cost per ounce is the lows of all the states at $208 per ounce.

Washington State

Now that the state of Washington has voted to legalize marijuana, there is no need for a doctors approval.

Ounce of High Quality Marijuana: $232

The source of marijuana is from local dispensary.

California

The source of marijuana is from local dispensary.

California law requires the patent to receive an approval from a doctor. The cost is lowest, $40.00

Ounce of High Quality Marijuana: $245

Colorado

Colorado was the first state to sell Marijuana to the public. No doctor visit is required.

An ounce of high quality Marijuana averages: $238.00

Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts requires an approval from a certified Marijuana Doctor. The source is from a specific caregiver and the caregiver can only provide for 1 person.

Doctor visit: $200
Ounce of High Quality Marijuana: $359

Vermont

To get approval in Vermont you must visit your normal doctor for approval then send $50.00 to the state with a form to then be approved or denied. The source is from a marijuana caregiver.

Ounce of High Quality Marijuana: $374

Rhode Island

Rhode Island requires a doctor visit for approval. The source is 1 caregiver to every 5 people.
The cost per ounce is $334.

New Jersey

You must visit a handful of doctors that are registered with the state then once approved you may visit 1 of the 3 current dispensaries. There you will pay a high fee per ounce at $349.

Maine

In Maine you may visit your normal doctor for approval and the source of marijuana is from a dispensary. The cost per ounce is $322.

Connecticut

The most expensive cost per ounce at $353.


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Holistic Healing Benefits of the Sativa Strain

When someone suffering from a chronic illness decides to turn to medical marijuana for physical and emotional respite, he might be surprised to find that an array of green-leaved options awaits. Three main categories define most cannabis strains—indica, sativa, and hybrid (a combination of the first two categories)—though the number of specific sub-species of marijuana probably stretches into the thousands. The type of plant that a patient chooses depends on the symptoms with which he is struggling and the nature of the relief that he desires. If he is seeking a lift out of the doldrums, a stimulating and energizing pick-me-up, then the sativa strain would prove the best route to holistic self-healing.

Cannabis sativa grows fast and tall in the tropical weather of nations such as Mexico, Colombia, and Thailand. These lithe plants sprout slender, light-green leaves, and can reach heights of 20 feet. Their growth cycle usually takes anywhere from 10-16 weeks. Of all of the cannabinoids, or chemicals present in marijuana that trigger psychoactive responses in the brain, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is most prevalent in the sativa plant. THC fits together with nerve cell receptors in the brain to provoke the release of dopamine, a hormone that induces euphoria. Increased creativity, stamina, and perceptiveness are additional outcomes of taking sativa due to the high levels of THC. On the other hand, unlike indica, sativa is low in cannabidiol (CBD). CBD provides more medical benefits, such as alleviation from pain, antioxidant properties, and anti-psychotic effects. While indica’s pungent and sour odor suggests the drug’s power to heal physical ailments, the often fruity, flowery scent and taste of sativa seem to reflect its invigorating and inspiring qualities. Popular sativa strains these days include Durban Poison, Jack Herer, and Purple Power.

Any mood-enhancer can soothe stress, leading to a more positive outlook and increased motivation to enjoy life. Sativa can help a patient find the humor in the most ordinary of daily routines, the brilliance and intrigue in a place that he has visited dozens of times. It combats the confusion of ADD, and cranks down anxiety. It can transform a reserved personality into a Chatty Cathy. Though sativa can cause a loss of appetite, too, many users feel that the drug’s ability to reverse feelings of depression far outshines this drawback. Those who want to wash away the more literal aches and pains associated with cancer treatments, migraines, anorexia, bronchitis, and arthritis should try indica. Those who prefer to battle their conditions with an intense cerebral high—one that ignites the imagination, massages the spirit, and brings everything into colorful clarity—will find a loyal friend in sativa.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Envision you visit a doctor. She reviews your medical records to determine whether you qualify as a medical marijuana patient. Her review consists of decades of experience, knowledge and a deep concern for your health and well-being. She asks you several questions and creates a relationship with you. She provides you with a medical marijauna certificate. It is her opinion that medical marijuana will be beneficial to treat your condition.

You feel confident that a professional has assessed your condition to the best of her ability. Now you go to a dispensary to buy your medical marijauna. You walk in. You see a person whose only qualifications for his job are that he is over 21 has no felonies. He looks at your certificate and says based on your condition this strain of marijauna will work best for you. You leave with your marijauna.

What’s wrong with this picture? For doctors it is unacceptable. For patients it is troubling. For policy makers it is reality. But thats what we have in Massachusetts. How can it be remedied? Would love your input.

HEALTH ADVISORY THE HOLISTIC CENTER’S MEDICAL STAFF CAUTIONS PATIENTS NOT TO OBTAIN THEIR MEDICINE FROM MASSACHUSETTS CAREGIVERS

The medical staff of the Holistic Center, Dr. Robert Wong, MD and Diane Tarr, MS, APRN, BC, caution patients not to obtain their medicine from Massachusetts caregivers unless they are your own “personal” caregiver. The staff supports the need for patients to obtain their medical cannabis immediately but does not support allowing one caregiver to supply medicine to an unlimited number of patients. Their concern is that a personal caregiver would not be able to provide adequate personal care to patients if he is responsible to care for an unlimited number of patients. The Holistic Center’s medical staff states, “Distributing medical cannabis to an unlimited number of patients removes the “personal” from “personal caregiver” to the detriment of the patient’s health.”
The Holistic Center’s medical staff supports revising the current DPH regulation 725.020(D) to one personal caregiver to care for up to five (5) patients as in Rhode Island and Maine. Dr. Wong and Diane urge DPH to get behind the eleven dispensaries with provisional licenses and do everything in its power to facilitate and accelerate their opening. They do not support enjoining the DPH from enforcing their regulations of one patient-one caregiver (105 CMR 725.020(D)) .

This release is in response to the lawsuit filed by Yankee Caregivers (“Yankee”) and several of their patients requesting an injunction against the Department of Public health (“DPH”) in Supreme Judicial Court Court, SJ2014-0264. Among other things, they are requesting that the DPH not be allowed to enforce the one caregiver-one patient regulation, 105 CMR 725.020(D). The impetus for their filing was that the DPH sent Yankee and their patients a cease and desist order because they were flagrantly violating the one-patient-one-caregiver regulation as reported by the Boston Globe on June 27, 2014. “The Holistic Center refuses to violate any regulations because our patients’ health is of utmost concern. Too much is at stake.” Dr. Wong stated. “Yankee is giving the medical marijuana industry here in Massachusetts a bad reputation.” the Holistic Center’s attorney, stated. He continued, “Furthermore, the caregivers and the associated clinics and doctors who have been providing patients with the caregivers’ names should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and forced to shut down immediately because this willful violation of 105 CMR 725.020(D) is nothing more than illegal distribution of a Class D substance. Contrary to their statements, both the caregivers and the clinics that support them have profited handsomely from this illegal activity. There is a proper, legal mechanism for changing DPH regulations. It is not to violate regulations as Yankee has done over the past year and justify their actions in the name of patients.”

The Holistic Clinic’s medical staff understands that the DPH implemented this regulation to protect patients from impure medicine, con men, and common drug dealers. The staff has received several complaints from their patients that the medical cannabis they have obtained from Massachusetts caregivers has exacerbated their debilitating condition not benefitted it.
Yankee caregivers states that their marijuana is tested. But, the Holistic Center attorney points out, “DPH regulations specifically exempt personal caregivers from any of the requirements of 105 CMR 725.105 including the testing of the marijuana. If the DPH is enjoined from enforcing the one-patient-one-caregiver regulation then these caregivers will be able to sell untested, poor quality marijuana to patients. The current regulations are reasonably enacted to protect the patients’ health. The caregiver’s request for injunctive relief is based solely on profit motive and nothing more. Their desire to provide the patients with their medicine immediately is merely a pretext. Profit is necessary but the patients’ health is of far more importance.”
Dr. Wong and Diane provide quality medical advice to their medical marijuana patients and other physicians. To this end, The Holistic Center expects the highest quality of medicine to be provided them. The Holistic Center will continue to advise patients not to obtain their medicine from caregivers who supply more than one patient.

Medical Marijuana Caregivers and Patient – Keeping Quality

Recently the Massachusetts Department of Public Health sent letters to certified patients concerning a caregiver who provided marijuana to more than one patient. The caregiver stated that he was justified in doing this because he was in a personal service business. What he has accomplished is to provide patients with untested and perhaps mite-infested marijuana that may, in some instances like diasaling asthma, cause more harm than good to the patient.

What this “personal service” provider has accomplished is to show that the profit motive outweighs providing a quality treatment to patients. Medical marijuana is not a first line treatment for medical conditions. It enhances the quality of life for those patients who are debilitated either by inability to eat, move or function or are suffering from sever pain that even a slight lessening would allow the patient to function more fully.

Even the DPH regulations do not provide for the delivery of quality treatment to patients. The regulations mandate that a doctor have a bone-fide physician-patient relationship but then mandate the dispensing, education and dosage to a 21-yo whose only qualification is that he is a non-felon. This system is just unacceptable. It does not provide for any accounting as to the quality of treatment for patients. The only person accountable is the physician. The “bona-fide patient-doctor relationship” is the exact legal definition to determine whether a doctor may be sued for malpractice. Much of this work must be done to deliver quality treatment to these patients.

The Holistic Clinic will be providing its patients with a through follow-up as to the strain and dosage a dispensary gives our patients and a mechanism for obtaining feedback from the patients as to what dosage and strain has provided some relief for their symptoms. We will have a liaison with the dispensaries and a patient-monitor to insure constant improvement for the treatment of our patients.

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Important Health Benefits Of Marijuana you should know.

The subject of legalizing medicinal marijuana will always provoke controversy. Most know marijuana as an addictive drug that can compromise time perception and memory, impair concentration and induce anxiety. But the Cannabis sativa hemp plant also contains two chemicals that seem to benefit a body in crisis. One is cannabidiol, or CBD, which treats numerous health conditions without causing a “stoned” feeling, and the other is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, a natural pain-reliever. As experts reveal more and more information about these chemicals, more and more states across the country—over 20 to date—are voting to sanction medicinal marijuana use in the treatment of diseases such as glaucoma and Alzheimer’s. Even CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, has rescinded his original stance on the drug, now promoting its perks.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with Gupta, however, legalization of medicinal marijuana will enhance researchers’ understanding of the drug’s effects for all users. Evidence already exist for making marijuana an official prescription for physical and emotional ailments. It has both preventative and rehabilitative properties, some of which are commonly known, and others that may come as a surprise.

For instance, glaucoma, a condition that intensifies pressure in the eyeball, harms the optic nerve, and leads to vision loss, is supposedly less of a threat for those who smoke marijuana. The National Eye Institute asserts that marijuana users tend to develop a lower intraocular pressure than non-users who have either normal vision or glaucoma-related issues.

Marijuana may even allow for greater oxygen intake, giving people the energy to participate more freely in physical activities. A study presented in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates improvements in lung capacity for tobacco smokers who turned to medicinal marijuana. Another study that analyzed the risk factors of heart disease, conducted over a 20-year period, discovered that young adults who smoked tobacco lost their ability to inhale deeply, while those who smoked marijuana increased it. Some claim that this expansion of lung capacity results from training the body to take deep breaths during marijuana inhalation, and not from any valuable chemical in the drug.

Research published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in 2003 shows that the drug can also help to regulate seizures, epileptic and otherwise. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana binds to, and therefore controls, the brain cells that determine levels of rest and excitability; it appears to protect cells from too much stimulation. As doctors have observed a reduction of seizures for certain patients from hundreds to one or two per week, many of them agree that marijuana just might be a viable way to curb the discomfort of children fighting seizure disorders. On the other hand, CNN reports that major health authorities, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Drug Enforcement Agency, do not support marijuana use as a treatment for Dravet’s Syndrome.

The chemical THC may also slow down the advance of Alzheimer’s, according to a Scripps Research Institute study. THC hinders the enzyme in the brain that produces amyloid plaques, which destroy brain cells and trigger Alzheimer’s. In addition, this chemical seems to ward off inflammatory bowel conditions such as colitis and Crohn’s. It strengthens the lining of the intestines, lessening the capacity for bacteria to penetrate. A study conducted in Israel proved that marijuana curtails the symptoms associated with Crohn’s, such as vomiting and diarrhea, and may even eliminate the disease altogether.

Multiple sclerosis, Leeuwenhoek’s Disease, Parkinson’s, and arthritis are other diseases impacted by marijuana use. The THC latches onto the nerve receptors and muscles in the body to alleviate painful spasms and tremors, and in many cases, calms inflammation, betters sleep, and refines motor skills. When it comes to victims of Lupus, a disease in which the body signals the immune system to attack itself, the drug’s chemicals succeed in soothing the body’s impulse to do so. Marijuana helps patients who have found little relief from much more potent prescription medication designed specifically for their conditions.
The benefits of marijuana extend to individuals struggling with the aftermath of emotionally and physiologically damaging life events. Veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder may soon find themselves the subjects of a study, sanctioned by The Department of Health and Human Services, that will test the effects of the drug on their recovery. A small number of states, including New Mexico, have already determined PTSD as sound cause for medicinal marijuana treatment. Cannabinoids in the marijuana are able to moderate sensations of fright and apprehension.
Those who have withstood concussions or other head-related injuries might find healing powers in marijuana, as well. The journal Cerebral Cortex published a study that indicated a reduction in bruising and an acceleration in recovery when concussed patients self-administered marijuana. Along similar lines, Hepatitis C sufferers who undergo marijuana therapy tend to finish their treatment regimens more often than non-users. A study from 2006 even testifies that marijuana boosts the efficiency of those treatments.
Many have heard of the possible advantages of medicinal marijuana for cancer patients. In 2007, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco announced that cannabidiol (CBD) may halt the spread of cancer by rendering useless the Id-1 gene, a gene that cancer cells imitate frequently, causing them to multiply throughout the body. In Spain and Israel, researchers are agreeing that the compounds in marijuana are dominant enough to annihilate cancer cells completely. In the meantime, while research continues in this area, cancer patients can count on the drug to decrease the side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea and appetite loss. Taken in appropriate doses, marijuana can lessen anxiety, as well—though higher doses may lead to paranoia. Some doctors insist that THC pills, Dronabinol, offer patients the same or improved results in comparison to smoking joints.

All of these circumstances of using marijuana as a therapeutic remedy possess clear-cut advantages. What people may not know is that the drug can provide an alternative solution to health concerns that are less critical, but that may affect an individual’s quality and longevity of life. For example, a study presented in the American Journal of Medicine about a year ago acknowledged that those who smoke Cannabis are leaner than average, burn calories more efficiently, and process sugars more healthfully. The dopamine in the drug could also help people to release their inhibitions, to try new experiences more willingly, and to let their minds play—all reactions that lead to greater creativity. In particular, studies have shown that those who smoke marijuana draw on a more extensive vocabulary and speak more easily and openly than those who do not.
Despite spurring this increase in imaginative daytime thinking, marijuana might actually prove useful in preventing nightmares. A definitive verdict on this topic is still forming, as the drug can interrupt REM sleep and aggravate heavy users over time. But if bad dreams are torturing someone with PTSD, marijuana can save that person from the experience by disrupting the REM phase. A valid case also exists for marijuana as a less-damaging recreational agent than alcohol and other drugs. Marijuana does not invoke the same level of dependency, and does not impose consequences on the body as lasting or as harmful.

People should not bank on marijuana as a miracle treatment for every illness. But if they investigate the pros and cons to this traditionally scorned drug, they might find that its legalization warrants some consideration.