As of January 1, 2013, the state of Massachuesetts’ medical marijuana program is officially in effect. The department of health now has until May 1st to finalize the rules and regulations concerning the dispensing of medical cannabis, as well as finalizing all of the remaining conditions for which the drug can be recommended.

Holders of a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card will be able to consume cannabis legally. However, until the dispensary situation gets sorted out by the state, patients will be legally allowed to grow their own marijuana for personal use. This, of course, will open the door for caregivers to be selling the patients medication that they cannot grow for themselves due to their condition.

massachusetts compassion club

Despite the lack of regulation for state dispensaries until May 1st, it should not come as a surprise to see “compassion clubs” open up in many different cities. At these establishments patients can, in exchange for a donation, become a member of a “collective”.

It will be interesting to see how fast law enforcement officials begin their crackdown on them. Patients should not worry, though–you can grow your own or get a caregiver to provide for you until the dispensaries open.



For many people, trying marijuana may not even occur to them until they are desperate for relief from the awful symptoms of undergoing chemotherapy. If you are suffering from chemotherapy side effects and are curious about trying medical marijuana, there are many states where you can now see a medical marijuana doctor to get a medical marijuana card. Initial visits can be very inexpensive, and the cost of medical marijuana will not seem high if you have been trying prescription drugs to help relieve symptoms. Getting an opinion from a medical marijuana doctor may answer a lot of your questions about relieving the side effects of chemotherapy with a medical marijuana card and prescription.

While there are many prescription drugs on the market today that are said to help with the side effects of chemotherapy, many patients find that those medications do not work at all. For others, the medication may reduce side effects of chemotherapy, but produce other side effects which can be just as discouraging. In addition, there are a lot of people who feel that chemotherapy itself is enough for the body to handle without adding other sythetic medications that change the way the body is supposed to work.

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

For these and a variety of other reasons, patients having chemotherapy turn to medical marijuana doctors for an alternative relief plan. Getting a medical marijuana card is now fairly easy, especially if you are suffering from a serious disease that requires chemotherapy. The truth is that many, many people find that the use of medical marijuana decreases the side effects of chemotherapy. Medical marijuana is known to help with symptoms of nausea, headache, digestive problems, and of course it helps to reduce stress and can be an effective pain reliever. If you suffer from pain and discomfort due to chemotherapy treatments, trying medical marijuana may be worthwhile.

If you are uncertain about the effects of medical marijuana on the body, talk to a medical marijuana doctor. Medical marijuana doctors have a lot of experience with people who use marijuana for pain relief and against a variety of side effects of chemotherapy. Your doctor can also help you to understand how marijuana works and what you will feel like when you use medical marijuana, whether you smoke it or you buy food products that contain THC. Many people try medical marijuana because they are very uncomfortable and anything that works is worthwhile. It is possible that you will also find relief with medical marijuana.