Everybody’s heard about adults getting a medical marijuana card for themselves. Seniors in particular have made a huge splash in the news, especially as they’re the fastest-growing demographic of new cannabis users. However, mention cannabis for kids, and people will think, “Are you crazy?” Yet, kids suffering from cancer, epilepsy and all sorts of other conditions are often given highly-addictive pharmaceuticals, so why should we refuse something that could not only cure them but is also far less dangerous as well?
Plus, anyone who’s seen stories like that of Jayden David’s (of Jayden’s Journey) will come to realize that, yes, there really is a serious medical potential here. Medical marijuana is not just a “stepping stone” to legalized recreational use, and the medical applications are very real. Yes, for some people, getting access to medical marijuana is literally life-and-death. Parents who are looking to get their child a medical marijuana can do so by the following …
What is a Caregiver?
A caregiver is someone who has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a person who has been diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition. You do not need to be related to a person in order to be their caregiver. An attending physician is not a caregiver.
How do I become a Caregiver?
You will need to fill out a form, which will ask you questions about you and the person you are looking after, as well as any past medical training you may have had. You will then need to complete a Caregiver Core Certification Course, which includes around about 12 hours of basic training and the foundations for beginning work as a caregiver. You must also prove that you have been the main designated caregiver for the child throughout their lives.
You will be given a unique Caregiver’s ID no. upon completion of the form and course, which you will need to put on the application for a medical marijuana card. Becoming a caregiver for conditions like dementia may require you to complete more training. Patients can have a maximum of one caregiver. Caregiver must be at least 18 years of age. Caregivers also have their criminal record history checked.
Finding the Right Doctor
Some doctors may be a little reluctant to recommend medical marijuana for a child. However, any parent coming to medical marijuana is usually at their wit’s end, looking for anything that could help or save their child, especially when so many prescription medications have nasty side-effects, and may not even work. Fortunately, Doctor Frank not only sees patients in person but also through telehealth. This means he can recommend patients online through a skype video – meaning he can reach those who may be finding travel difficult. Having worked with the likes of Jason David and Tracy Ryan Dr Frank is very sensitive and aware of the needs of parents providing MMJ for their children.
Applying for Your Child’s Medical Marijuana Card
For those completing a medical marijuana card application for someone else, it is much the same process as completing it for themselves – they just have to confirm that they’re applying for someone else and give their Caregiver ID number on the form. Getting a medical marijuana card for someone under the age of 18 shouldn’t be too much of a problem, as children suffering from conditions requiring medical marijuana tend to have vast, detailed medical records proving their illness and lists of medications given to them.
As the Primary Caregiver, you will be given your own Caregiver Card. Caregivers can grow up to 12 mature plants, depending upon their proximity to a dispensary. Specific strains of cannabis not grown by the local dispensary can be grown by the Caregiver. Caregivers cannot use cannabis for themselves unless they are registered medical marijuana patients themselves.
Finding the Right Dispensary
This is perhaps the most difficult part of the journey. You can have a valid medical marijuana card for a child and everything, but some dispensaries may be reluctant to hand over medical marijuana to parents treating their kids. Perhaps understandably so, considering the legal implications.
Finding the right dispensary may very well be a case of trial and error, but you can make things a little easier for yourself by doing plenty of research and asking others you might know for advice. If you are active on social media there are several parents groups based across the US who are providing their children MMJ. These support networks can be a great help.