March 26, 2014 9:10 AM Subscribe
How do I get a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've suffered from anxiety and panic attacks along with IBS for decades. However, I only started pursuing anxiety treatment about a year ago with talk therapy. It hasn't really helped. I quit drinking about a year ago and have been exercising (running, cycling) for years which helps, but only temporarily.
In the past year or so my anxiety has manifested into physical symptoms where my doctor has prescribed me klonopin and also ambien for the insomnia episodes. She recently had me sign a benzodiazepine waiver to release her from liability with my use of this medication and to register me with the state. My use of klonopin has increased lately due to panic attacks. I know the risks/benefits of this drug and the benefits farrrr outweigh the risks.
I think I could be a good candidate for trying medical marijuana, however none of these issues are considered qualifying reasons. How would I go about working through the steps to get a card so that I can treat these problems and legally use one of the 35 dispensaries that our state is opening this year? I'm assuming I need to probably talk to my doctor. How do I do this without appearing like a stoner? I feel like there is such a stigma attached to thus, but I think it could be with a shot because it's not addictive like these other meds. I've kept with the talk therapy even though I feel it has only helped with the emotional pieces, not the physical. I can also get copies of all medical records if need be. I have a good job and my life together in all other aspects, if this means anything at all.