Medical Marijuana 101: MMJ Course About Cannabis As Medicine Thursday 16 August, 2012
By: Kaptain Kush
Awoken by sharp pains, Steve Lalonde lay in bed cringing due to the inflammation in his joints and an arthritic back. He has tried Tylenol, Advil, Percocet, Oxycontin – you name the prescription drug, Lalonde has tried it – yet none of them, has worked. Instead, his medicine cabinet is full of indoor grown medical marijuana. The marijuana smoker said “pot was incredible. With each puff from my blunt the pain went away.” A sentiment shared by many within the cannabis community. Now infatuated with the marijuana plant, this medical cannabis patient now is opening up his own marijuana hydroponic setup, pending approval from Health Canada.
Lalonde is just one out of many countless people within the medical marijuana community who have taken a 2-day class on marijuana cultivation; learning all about the positive benefits of marijuana. Green Line Academy is offering the course that educates people on how to wiggle through the bureaucratic cracks, to get a license from the federal government to cultivate medical marijuana. Coming with a 400+ page instructional tutorial, this marijuana growing guide suggests legal and medical advice in addition to tips on how to grow cannabis – coming from little seedling to stem to flower.
The man behind the medical marijuana educational seminars is not even a medical marijuana patient who smokes weed. Don Schultz has no necessity for medical marijuana due to his healthy physique. “I don’t use marijuana and have no real need for it, but if I ever got really sick, I would use it,” said Schultz. The marijuana entrepreneur jumped back into school in Colorado to learn about the marijuana business, receiving his medical marijuana Master’s of Business Administration from Greenway University. Due to unseen events, the school was closed with Schultz being only a handful of students earning a degree in marijuana education. Now this scholar wants to give back to the medical marijuana community by educating patients.
A majority of cannabis patients use medical marijuana to alleviate pain and stimulate appetite – with AIDS and cancer patients benefiting from the cannabinoids from cannabis, says Steve Wiseman who is the clinical director of St. Paul’s Hospital Pain Centre in Vancouver. These ill patients will have to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation prior to buying cannabis. Once a marijuana card is obtained, patients can buy marijuana for around $5 per gram from the federal government. The limit of marijuana allowed to carry depends on how much the doctor thinks is needed depending case.
If the patient has a green-thumb, then they can grow their own marijuana plants – for themselves or anyone other medical marijuana patient with a valid prescription. Health Canada provides various marijuana strains which are about $20 dollars for 30 marijuana seeds.
Due to his stellar health, Schultz doesn’t need marijuana for his ailments. He is just planting seeds of knowledge in the name of Mary Jane to cultivate her roots into the general population. One day he may call to her for medical assistance – now it’s just about spreading the wisdom…