Our Rights to Medicine: The Constitution, The Compassionate Use Act of California and The Affordable Care Act
Any American can have safe access if they follow a few simple rules. Here’s how these laws work together to allow anyone to see a California doctor and get a California Medical Marijuana Card.
Article IV Section 1 of the US Constitution, better known as the Reciprocity Clause, says: “Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the Public Acts, Records, and Judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.”
Basically, Article IV, Section 1 ensures that states respect and honor the state laws and court orders of other states, even when their own laws are different.
The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, a California Law, allows patients, with a valid recommendation from a California physician, to use medical marijuana to treat various ailments and conditions. It is also known as Prop 215. Just as many Americans chose to seek out-of- state medical specialists, Americans can choose to see a medical marijuana specialist.
Under a provision in the Affordable Care Act, patients can see their doctors through telemedicine services from the privacy of their homes. It allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunication technology. Internet based video conference calls enable their doctors to write prescriptions and recommendations in a legal and accepted way, without leaving home.
California-based telemedicine physician services are available to everyone. For the doctor appointment, medical card, and recommendation, the costs can vary. It involves a teleconference appointment with a CA doctor who will evaluate you, give you a treatment plan, a physical medical cannabis card, and a signed recommendation. Legally, under the provisions of the ACA, this is the same thing as the patient traveling to CA to see the doctor in person.
In order to be in compliance with California state laws, every patient must obtain a doctor’s recommendation from a California licensed doctor. This legally makes you a California patient under the protection of the Compassionate Use Act. Although you may live in another state, you become a California patient. After the recommendation from the physician is emailed to you, you can then join a collective, such as Grasshopper, and order your medicine. As a California patient, you are responsible for keeping your medical card up to date. Renewal is once a year. As with all medicine, your medicine is not for resale or distribution, keep out of reach of children and pets, do not drive or operate heavy machinery, and do not share your medicine. Medicate Responsibly.
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