The Compassionate Use Act (CUA) is an act that legalizes the use of marijuana solely for therapeutic purposes and this act was passed in 1996 legalizing the citizens of the state of California to use and grow marijuana as an additional treatment option for their illness. The California marijuana growing laws approves the growing and harvesting of the plant for personal use. It is however limited to only six plants per household with an eligible patient. It is the only state that can grow marijuana among the fourteen states in the United States as of spring 2009.
Marijuana however, is a prohibited drug and is classified as Schedule I under federal laws thus, it is illegal for a physician to prescribe it as well as an ordinary pharmacy to dispense it. Then how can they use such illegal drug in a legal way? Well, there are steps to make it happen.
The California marijuana growing laws allow qualified patients and their designated caregivers to possess eight ounces of dried marijuana . Moreover, the Senate Bill 420 approves possession of the drug in larger quantities as long as specified by the physician. By meaning of eligible, he has to carry a medical marijuana identification card. A patient can apply for the ID by contacting the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP). It is an agency that is responsible for processing medical marijuana identification cards.
Before you can get an identification card, you have to consult a licensed medical doctor. Keep in mind that physicians cannot prescribe the use of the drug but can write a recommendation for the patient to do so. The physician also should make a written documentation that he wrote the said recommendation, the reasons for such, and should affix his or her signature. Doctors usually recommend a medical marijuana treatment to chronically ill patients and those whose general activities will be impaired if treatment is not given. It is important to remember that not all consultations lead to medical marijuana treatment recommendation.
Source by Jasmin Z