For the past several decades, people around the world have worked to legalize the use of marijuana. While some are dismissed for being interested only in the recreational high that marijuana offers, others maintain legitimate reasons for using the drug. Marijuana has been proven to be effective in treating certain major illnesses such as cancer and glaucoma, and is instrumental in preventing symptoms such as nausea and vertigo that are often associated with such illnesses. Recently, medical marijuana has been legalized in many areas, and marijuana dispensaries have opened across the country. But how exactly do these dispensaries work?

The important thing to know right off the bat is that a medical marijuana dispensary does not serve the purpose of supplying the public with a drug to get high off of. Marijuana dispensaries serve only those who have the proper prescription for the drug, which can only be obtained through a doctor. While those who don’t know the details may worry about medical marijuana dispensaries popping up around their homes, the simple fact is that dispensaries are heavily regulated, and do not pose a threat to the community.

In states where medical marijuana is legal, it can be prescribed by a doctor. Along with a prescription for medical marijuana usually comes an ID card that allows you to enter and shop at dispensaries. Medical marijuana can be prescribed to treat a number of different ailments; some people use it to combat nausea, while others find solace in marijuana when it comes to alleviating their anxiety or headaches. Depending upon the doctor’s stance on the topic, marijuana is a plausible treatment for all of these conditions.

Typically, a medical marijuana user is given an allotment as to how much marijuana they can purchase at the dispensary over a given period of time. Dispensaries not only sell marijuana in dried form; many also sell foods that contain marijuana for those who wish not to smoke the drug. Prices at medical marijuana dispensaries can vary drastically depending upon the quality and rarity of the marijuana, and can vary from state to state as well.

Each state has enacted its own laws to govern and regulate the medical marijuana dispensaries, their income, and the management of the marijuana itself. In general, to obtain a medical marijuana identification card, one must first visit with a board certified physician in the respective state and be recommended by that physician for marijuana therapy. The doctor will write a prescription for marijuana treatment, and the patient will then need to obtain their medical marijuana identification card, which is typically granted through the local department of health for that state. Many doctors specialize in marijuana therapy and often assist their patients in obtaining their card and finding a medical marijuana dispensary.

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