found on the website of the Florida Department of Health’s
Office of Medical Marijuana Use: knowthefactsmmj.com.
Dispensary employees locate patients in the state’s online
registry where their prescriptions have been logged in to
show how many grams of smokable and edible marijuana
are allowed per month. Unlike some controlled substance
prescriptions which are limited to one pharmacy, any dispensary
can pull up a patient’s information and dispense
product. Prescribed amounts are automatically deducted
from the data base as a safeguard.
Marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of
years. Despite this, stigma remains. Many Americans still
associate marijuana with substance abuse, addiction and
crime. But even though there is still some hesitancy to go
public with one’s legal use of marijuana, chances are that
you know someone who either has a card or is considering
Chuck Yahn is a local resident. Because of multiple accidents
as a teen, he deals with chronic pain. At a routine appointment
with his primary care physician, he learned that
she was certified to prescribe medical marijuana.
“She educated me for 40 minutes about how it could help
me,” Yahn says.
Yahn also had observed the benefit his mother received
from marinol, a pill form of cannabis, prescribed for symptoms
associated with stage 4 cancer. “It drastically improved
her quality of life,” he says. After talking it over with his
wife, he applied for a medical marijuana card two years ago.
Yahn works at a substance abuse treatment facility where
he’s heard stories about prelegal days in the area from cli- >>
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Port St. Lucie resident Chuck Yahn deals with chronic pain and got his medical
marijuana card on the recommendation of his primary care physician.