- Posted by Alex de Man
- On July 28, 2015
- 0 Comments
- california, clinic, marijuana, medical cannabis license
Schedule appointment online at one of four Bay Area offices. Print out 50% off coupon. Enter Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley—A Drug Free Zone. Pass dreadlocked street vendors and pot-smoking pedestrians. Arrive at 420MD, a white-walled, scarcely decorated medical marijuana evaluation clinic. The receptionist exchanges my CA id for some paperwork to fill out—medical history and other related documents including disclosures.
After a short while, I’m called back to see the doctor. In another bare, white-walled room with a large wooden desk and two chairs, he looks like any other doctor in a white coat. He reviews my chart and asks about the conditions I have reported to be relieved by marijuana consumption: stress, anxiety, trouble sleeping, cramps, PMS.
Have I used marijuana before? Yes. For how long? Years. So you’re familiar with the medical applications that work for you? Yes. Do you use indica to help you sleep? Yes. So you know your way around the different strains? Yes. He reviews the listed conditions once more, each time asking if marijuana helps me cope. Yes. Was that all true?, he asks, looking up from the paperwork and smiling. Yes, I reply honestly. Okay!, he says as he signs my official recommendation. Afterwards we chatted for a short while about the NORML Women’s Alliance and my hopes for the future of the cannabis industry. Ten minutes and $75 later I’m leaving with my medical cannabis license and plastic card.
Walking back to the car, past the dispensary right next door, I reflected on the experience. For everything I had just gained–access to regulated, quality medicines, legal protection, peace of mind–thirty minutes and $75 was a relatively small price to pay. The experience was comfortable. The doctor was professional and considerate; I felt that my experience with marijuana and knowledge of my own body was respected. And now I have access to topical and non-psychoactive applications of marijuana, which, under state and federal law, are not accessible to the general public. However, the convenience of “chain” clinics, such as 420MD, may be changing that.
With a mission to ensure that everyone can be evaluated for the use of medical marijuana, the ease of arranging an appointment and finding discounts online highlights how companies like 420MD have been able to capitalize on the criminalization of marijuana. By offering a simple, professional service that promotes the legitimate medicinal purposing of marijuana, almost anyone with the qualifying conditions and financial means can purchase legal access to marijuana. Despite the miraculous amount of medical applications marijuana and marijuana products can offer, financial incentive appears to be a primary factor in the promotion of it’s use.