Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot, Bud, Mary Jane…

Oh sweet, sweet sensimilla…

Ahem, my bad. Didn’t notice you reading there. That’s probably because I’m high.

High, my name is Canna Lady and I have much to tell you. Is this just another blog about pot? Well, yeah. And you’ll find many more because this beautiful, complex plant is not only the solution to many medical and economic issues, but is also what brings so many people together. I literally saw a rainbow as I typed that, you’re welcome.

Because I live in Chicago, my focus is educating on Illinois policy, the Compassionate Care Cannabis (insert 5 more words) Program, patient rights and benefits, employment opportunities, and my experience being an Illinois non-patient cannabis lover, advocate, and educator.

Mmmkay so why should you care what I think? Well, I know more than you, that’s why. Lol just kidding. I probably know just as much if not less than many people reading this. Hopefully their input will enlighten me as I seek to enlighten others. Nevertheless, I’ve been privileged to have been to legal states, cannabis events, even volunteered with industry organizations. It’s been fun, to say the least, but when I return home I see how unexposed many communities are in regards to medical cannabis. Not hard to see why, living in Illinois. So, I decided to answer all the questions I get asked by people here and other places that simply want to learn more or are ready to jump head first into the industry. That means:

  1. Becoming an Illinois medical cannabis patient or caregiver
  2. Being employed in the Illinois medical cannabis industry

Notice my emphasis on MEDICAL. Don’t play no games now…Illinois, just like any other state, is not a FEDERALLY legal cannabis state. And in Illinois, the only legal cannabis is medical, meaning it is administered by a licensed facility to a licensed, card-holding patient.

We’ll get to ALL that fun stuff later. For right now, let’s get back to basics.

WHAT IS CANNABIS?

Cannabis is the herb derived from the plant Cannabis Sativa. Its psychoactive effects come from THC, or delta-9 tetrahydro-cannabinol, which is a naturally occurring cannabinoid. Its healing effects come from CBD, or cannabidiol, another cannabinoid. It’s leaves and buds are dried and used for smoking, cooking, medicines, and oils.

Historically cannabis gained many names, some from users, others from government propaganda. So to be PC or whatever, cannabis is known as medical marijuana and is still considered a drug. But this is my blog, and I say cannabis is not a drug.

It’s medicine.

And so far, zero deaths have resulted from the use of it. So take that, National Institute on Drug Abuse!

Because I sincerely see Illinois becoming a legally recreational cannabis state, meaning people who don’t qualify to be a patient can still purchase cannabis products, it’s time that people who don’t know get in the know. Ask me what you wish, and if it isn’t answered here, I’ll find the answer.

IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE USAGE, SMOKING, OR DISCUSSION OF MARIJUANA, THIS IS NOT THE BLOG FOR YOU. FRANKLY, I WONDER WHY YOU’VE READ THIS FAR. BUT I THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST, YOU COULD BE READING ANYTHING ELSE RIGHT NOW.

Alrighty, I hope whoever left didn’t take all the cookies and punch I brought for you guys. There’s no cookies and punch. We’re online.

So how can YOU become a medical cannabis patient in Illinois, allowing you to legally purchase and use that sweet mary jane without any heat from authorities?

  1. You must have one of the following conditions, diagnosed by a medical professional:
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome

Source: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/debilitating-conditions

2. Complete the application:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/medical-cannabis-registry-application

3. Come up off that change bruh, this is Illinois! You knew there was going to be a fee:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/registry-card-application-fees

4. Find a dispensary, these are all licensed:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/select-a-medical-cannabis-dispensary

It’s some work, but necessary. The more people who qualify and obtain their cards, the more participation the state sees with this pilot program, the better.

Look, cannabis isn’t for everyone. Lol I’m not talking about myself of course. Heck I love it. I’ve been a user since the age of 17. Stoner teen, thinking I could change the world with a Bob Marley cd and a few rolled joints. Then I met people whose lives were improved by medical cannabis, and realized how people in my own community can do the same.

I’m here to show you why YOU (Smokey the Bear finger point) are absolutely necessary to the movement. Like I said, I’m no expert. But I’m passionate and prepared to be your trusty liaison to the cannabis world.  One toke at a time!

Welcome to Clear As Smoke.

“Hey, hey, hey, hey…smoke weed everyday.”–Nate Dogg.

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