Since the first medical marijuana legislation in 2002, a new type of clinic has appeared on the scene, offering services to the chronically and terminally ill patients in the area. Medical marijuana clinics are authorized to prescribe legal amounts of cannabis sativa to patients based on diagnoses, observations, and even through the advice of a family physician, with substantiating records provided to confirm the reason for a prescription. Patient identification, the diagnoses or conditions that support the use of marijuana as well as the amount and strength prescribed are kept on record to show strict adherence to the legislation in place.
It is important for clinics to stay abreast of any changes in the laws to be sure they are aware of any new additions or deletions in the legislation in order to maintain compliance. Still today, changes are being made in order to close any loopholes that present a temptation for abuse of the laws in using the cover of medical marijuana clinics in self-medication or making huge profits in illegal sales of the drug. However, medical marijuana clinics as well as the people who work in them are kept under close watch to be sure no abuse occurs that will jeopardize or backslide the progress made in the legislation.
As mentioned, not only are patients identified as having a prescription for medical marijuana, but the strength of the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) that it contains is tested and noted through the dispensaries to be sure there is no abuse by the patient