How much weed does it take to kill you? With the legalization of marijuana in many states, it would seem that the pass press about the dangers of cannabis are in contradiction to so many states opening-up legalized marijuana use, both medicinally and recreationally. Many of the sensationalized articles geared toward possible marijuana related fatalities defy common sense, especially in light of the absolute plethora of deaths caused by pharmaceuticals, alcohol, tobacco, and even common overdosages H20 (AKA”water”). Upon further examination, not one, not even one death has ever been a result of an overdose of marijuana. The world and the United States is discovering, it’s not Reefer Madness across the land.
Since marijuana is now legal with a doctors prescription, and in some states, “over the counter”; perhaps it should be compared to the more harmless substances that are taken on a daily basis, such as aspirin, for instance. Aspirin is completely harmless, and even a beneficial drug if taken to prevent heart attacks or strokes, right? Wrong. Every year, over 7,600 people die from consumption of aspirin and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Additionally, if a statistical analysis were done of every person who was on aspirin for a headache when they committed a murder, aspirin might appear to be a leading cause, but that conclusion would obviously be dismissed as a researcher would search for a more likely common cause.
The fact is, to much of anything is harmful, whether it’s too much sugar (which is the primary cause of death for 71,382 Americans each year), too much alcohol (which causes 110,000 deaths a year) or even died from taking too much water. It is rare, but every year or two a case pops up in the press telling the sad story of a fraternity student, adult, or child that died during a hazing from consuming too much water, thus diluting their electrolytes and causing cardiac arrest. These cases always make the news for their simple weirdness factor. It is far more sensational to read about a freak accident caused by overdose of a perceptibly harmless, or perhaps even necessary substance.
So How Many People Have Actually Died From a Marijuana Overdose? Zero. Absolutely none. Although you can suffer other side effects of the drug, not one person has ever died from consuming marijuana, this may be due to the fact that it is impossible to consume enough THC to die. A 1970’s study on monkeys (not a fan of testing on animals) showed that when injected intravenously with 92 mg/kg THC, they did not die.
Currently the Merk Index lists that the LD50 of TCH for rats is 42mg/kg. This is the amount it would take for half of them to die. Remember that even the most potent bud on the market is roughly 23 percent TCH, so this would be the equivalent of a 150 lb person smoking about a half ounce of weed all at once, or perhaps smoking 5 grams of very potent hash. Any who have tried to do this will know just how difficult it is to accomplish. Basically, it’s impossible. It may, however, be possible to eat this much in this amount of time, but oral doses have a much higher LD50-730 mg/kg. It would take an almost herculean effort to overdose one’s self with THC. It would be much easier to overdose on sugar, or even water.
Of course this is not to say that people never die because of situations surrounding marijuana. Even though alcohol is definitely deadlier on the road than any other drug, including marijuana, marijuana users will want to know how much affects them, how it affects them, and consider caution when taking cannabis, such as when driving a car, operating heavy machinery, or when placed in common sense dangerous situations.
Becoming a card carrying medical marijuana patient has never been easier, for people who need it. There are a wide array of ailments that cannabis is prescribed to treat. These illnesses can be of the body and mind. It is important to get your card when you think cannabis can help you in the treatment of your sickness. It is natural and much less harmful than many other prescription drugs. Having your medicinal marijuana license will protect you from fines and incarceration if you are stopped by the police. However, it is important that you know the laws in your area to avoid any legal trouble. Having a card does not exempt one from all marijuana related offenses (especially as they pertain to intent to distribute or sales). This article will attempt to explore the different avenues of getting your license and how to stay within the boundaries of the law.
Medical marijuana cards are given away for a multitude of mental issues and a myriad of physical illnesses. These include but are not limited to the following:
Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
Nausea (Chemotherapy, etc.)
Increasing appetite (eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, etc.)
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There are many other disease (and just plain symptoms) that marijuana can be prescribed for. If you fit the requirements then it is time to start gathering what you need to get your medicinal ID card. First you need to make sure your condition is covered. You can find listings of acceptable conditions by state. If your condition does not fit the state’s requirements you can send in an appeal to request an exception to your local health department.
The next step is signing onto the registry system. Most states have this as a requirement to get your licensing. Familiarize yourself with the system. It will help you gain the knowledge you need to stay safe from law enforcement. What you will learn from studying it is the same thing law enforcement officers have to know in order to incarcerate you. It includes what your rights are on growing, possessing, transporting, and using marijuana.
Now, what do you want to do? Be a caregiver to help grow and deliver marijuana to your selected patient, be a patient yourself, or open your own dispensary? There are different laws regarding each of these, the strictest being those regarding dispensaries. The second strictest is the laws pertaining caregivers as they are not allowed to partake in a lot of marijuana related activities themselves. The most lenient laws are those of the actual patient. We will not get into opening a dispensary in this post as that is its own can of worms. Instead, we talk about the caregiver and the patient.
A caregiver is someone who is selected by a patient to help them obtain their medicine if unable to, help them grow cannabis, and so on. Caregivers cannot partake in the use of the substance, but can help the person they are registered to take care of ingest marijuana if the patient is unable to. The laws differ by county so check to make sure you are following all the current laws in your area.
Medical marijuana doctors tend to be very lenient on prescribing cannabis as a medicine. If you are truly sick you should have no problems in getting licensure. Still, it is important to find a good doctor. Most doctors charge a fee of around $100 to assess you, it would be a waste of money to not get the right one. Look up Yelp reviews or ask around to find a doctor who is compassionate, professional, and not too uptight.
For help finding a doctor visit this link: http://marijuanaproducts.com/cat/doctors/
Before you visit your chosen doctor make sure you meet your state’s requirements. Many states have an age minimum of 18 years old. In some states you can also be disqualified for having been convicted of a felony drug offense. Make sure you know your limits on possession. As an example, Oregon allows possession of up to 28 ounces and lets you to grow 6 mature and 18 immature plants. So you can see how much the laws can vary, lets take a look at Alaska’s laws. Alaska allows you to be in possession of only one ounce and to grow 3 mature and 3 immature plants. To stay safe from the grips of the law, familiarize yourself with the laws and restrictions in your area. You must also know the reciprocity agreements. Most state’s don’t allow out of state medicinal cards, the only one’s that do are the following:
So, you’ve found your doctor and meet all the requirements. Now it’s time to make an appointment. You need to bring with you either your state issued identification card, passport, or your social security card. If you live in a state where being 18 is not a set-in-stone requirement, you need a letter from your parents that says that they consent to medicinal use of cannabis for your condition. You must also provide proof that you live in the county. Your driver’s license can be used if it states your current address, otherwise you need to provide personal bills or mortgage statements. Upon acceptance you will get written documentation from the doctor you’ve chosen stating that you are eligible to be a card carrying medicinal marijuana patient. This is your golden ticket.
Next you will complete an application form to enroll in the medical marijuana program. You will need to complete a similar form to renew your card, so at least it’s good practice. If you are under 18 you will need to have this form completed by your parent or guardian. Primary caregivers also need to fill out this application.
You’re almost there! Now, you have to prepare your payment. Full fees range from $100-$200 depending on your county. Some states allow Medicaid benefits or other income supplements. Your last step is submitting your materials to the county health department. In some areas this is done completely online, in other counties you need to mail the materials. Make sure you have everything you need; your documentation and your check or money order. Now all that you have to do is wait for your card to arrive. Flash forward approximately 10 days: Congratulations, you are now a card carrying medical marijuana patient! Smoke up!
Legal Medical Marijuana States & States Pending Legalization of Medical Marijuana
As of January 2014, medical marijuana has been legalized in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The states that have boarded this contributed to this decision thus far include:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
Though the use of medical marijuana has been legalized in these states, there are still rules and regulations regarding the issue. Here are the most important laws you should keep in mind:
1) In Colorado AND Washington State, marijuana is legal for both medicinal and non-medicinal uses. Both states allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to 1 oz without a medical marijuana card.
2) In the remainder of the states, there is a limit on how much medical marijuana you can legally possess- varying by state of course.
- Alaska, Montana, Nevada: 1 oz
- Arizona, Illinois, Maine, Michigan: 2.5 oz
- California: 8 oz
- Colorado, DC, New Jersey, Vermont : 2 oz
- Connecticut: 1 month supply (to be determined by doctor)
- Delaware, New Mexico: 6 oz
- Hawaii: 3 oz
- Massachusetts: 60 day supply for personal medical use
- New Hampshire: 2 oz during 10-day period
- Oregon, Washington: 24 oz
3) There is also a limit to how much a legal “grower” can possess. This person must be registered in the state in which they reside and must reapply every 365 days for said registration. (also varies by state)
- Alaska, Colorado, Maine: 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
- Arizona: 0-12 plants
- California: 6 mature or 12 immature plants
- Hawaii, Nevada: 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
- Michigan, Rhode Island: 12 plants
- Montana: 4 plants (mature) 12 seedlings
- New Mexico: 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
- Oregon: 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
- Vermont: 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
- Washington: 15 plants
4) Cultivation is not allowed in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, or the District of Columbia and a special license is required in New Mexico. In Arizona, cultivation is only allowed if the patient lives outside of the 25 mile radius from any dispensary.
5) Maryland does not condone the legal use of marijuana. However, the maximum penalty for possession of marijuana that can be proven to be medically necessary is a fine no more than 100 dollars.
6) In Utah, cannabis oil to treat epilepsy will be dispensed as a trial starting July 2014. These patients will need documentation from a neurologist stating their medical documentation.
7) In 18/20 of the states above (with the exception of Washington and Colorado) you are required to carry at all times a medical marijuana “card” or ID that states you are legally allowed to possess marijuana for medicinal use. You will be required to reapply for your card every 365 days
8) Dispensaries are for non-profit. They can legally accept money as a gift, but each state limits the amount of money they are allowed to “collect” from patients.
9) If you are on legal probation or in the custody of a parole officer, it is up to the discretion of the correctional facility to decide whether or not you can use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Most medical marijuana doctors and clinics will not approve, however.
10) The most important law is federal. The possession of marijuana is still illegal in regards to federal no matter what amount it is. Use caution if you have a medical marijuana card and are considering travel. You will be subject to penalty under federal jurisdiction. The following states recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
- Rhode Island
Keep in mind that there are 13 states that are currently pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana. They are:
- New York
- South Carolina
- West Virginia