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How to Talk to Friends and Family About Using Medical Marijuana
Marijuana in general can be a pretty touchy subject when talking with your friends and family. Some support it, some don’t. Some see the benefits of using marijuana for medicinal purposes and some think it’s an excuse just to “legalize” it. It can be a hard discussion to have.
Right now the only people who qualify for medical marijuana in North Carolina are those with intractable epilepsy. However if Senate Bill 711 continues to make progress and becomes a law, there will be more qualifying conditions! It will allow people with different conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Crohn's Disease and Parkinson’s Disease to have access to medicinal marijuana to help ease their symptoms!
You might be considering getting a North Carolina marijuana card and not know how to talk to your friends and family about it. Don’t worry! We are here to help you!
Keep reading for some tips and advice on how to talk with your loved ones about using medical marijuana!
Keep in Mind That Opinions and Perspectives are Changing!
There have always been conflicting opinions when it comes to marijuana. However there has been a drastic change in perspective!
Most Americans now support marijuana being legal in a medicinal or recreational way. This change has occurred over the last 10 years, but there are still stigmas about cannabis users and how people view them.
Some people believe that medical marijuana is just an excuse to get high and to do it legally. They do not realize the many benefits that medical marijuana can have for people with qualifying conditions. Medical marijuana programs are becoming accepted in many states all over the United States!
Why Talk to Your Friends and Family about Medical Marijuana Use?
Talking to your friends and family about using medical marijuana is completely up to you. You do not have to talk to them about the decisions you make in order to improve your health the way you see fit! However, it can be helpful to some to have the support.
With the progress that Senate Bill 711 is making, there might be an approved medical marijuana program in the near future! This NC medical marijuana bill is on the way to the Health Care committee for approval then onto the Rules and Operations committee. It’s a perfect time to consider getting your North Carolina medical marijuana card!
Be Prepared and Calm Before You Talk to Friends and Family About Medical Marijuana!
With the known history of North Carolina being a more conservative state and their stance on marijuana, it can probably make one anxious to talk to their family about this. So if you do decide you want to get a North Carolina marijuana card and want to talk to your loved ones about this choice, how do you go about that conversation? Not to worry! We have you covered.
1. Know Your Facts
Convincing those that are skeptical about medical marijuana can be difficult so it’s important that your facts are straight! Our blog can be a great resource to learn about medical marijuana along with the facts, history and benefits of it too! Each qualifying condition is different, and medical cannabis is used in different ways to treat them.
2. Talk to Us!
Here at North Carolina Marijuana Card, it is important to us that people are comfortable talking about and using medical cannabis! Feel free to call us at (833) 781-7320 with questions or concerns you may have. We would be happy to help you prepare for the conversation with your family and friends.
3. Remind Them of Your Personal Need
It’s important that you remind the people who are talking to about your condition and how medical marijuana can be beneficial. You and your health should be top priority. It isn’t about the stigmas related to marijuana use or the negative stereotypes about people who use it. It’s about making sure you are doing everything you can to make yourself feel better.
4. Remind Them of Your Doctor’s Approval
With a doctor’s approval, you are qualified for a medical marijuana card and access to the products you need/want! Certified doctors would not approve of a medical treatment plan without considering your safety and well-being. They definitely would not recommend a medicine without knowing the history and benefits of what they are approving.
5. Assure Them That You Are Responsible
Make sure to remind them that you are an adult and that you understand how to properly use medical marijuana! There are different ways to consume and use it. It’s important to point out that marijuana is a legitimate medicine as well.
6. You Are Not Going to Share Your Legal Products
Families can be concerned about your legal safety and know that illegally sharing marijuana can have severe consequences. Especially in a more conservative state like North Carolina, there can be serious penalties for those in possession of marijuana.
You should let them know that you do not plan on sharing the products you get at dispensaries with people who do not have a medical marijuana card. You will most likely be able to purchase products at dispensaries that are not on the illicit market which can lead to you getting in trouble with the law.
The Conversation May Go Better Than You Think!
We aren’t saying that the conversation will go south. It might go really well! The people you consider your friends care about you and want to be in your life. Your family should also care about your health!
While some people might not support your decision right away, hopefully they will see the positive benefits that medical marijuana has for your life and come to support your choice. You might even convince a family member to get their own card so that they can get off their pain meds from the knee surgery they had years ago!
You Got This!
We have all the faith that you can get through this conversation!
As mentioned before, we would be happy to help you get your North Carolina Marijuana Card when it becomes available! Feel free to give us a call at (833) 781-7320 with any questions you may have.
If you reserve your North Carolina marijuana evaluation appointment today, you’ll get $25 off the total price when the time finally arrives!
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Helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-7320, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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