After nearly four months (113 days), my IL medical marijuana card came today. I actually cried when I saw the envelope from the IL Department of Public Health, and felt the card inside. It’s my last hope for effective pain relief for severe fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy (made worse by chemo for leukemia), degenerative joint disease, and degenerative disc disease. I’ve been on so many different opiates, been to chiropractors, physical therapists, used TENS units, had steroid injections, yadda, yadda, yadda. This is it. And I’m so hopeful based on what I’ve heard from people who are using MMJ for their qualifying conditions.
I called the dispensary (MedMar) before I started over there, to be sure there wasn’t a need to have an appointment. The guy just asked that I be there an hour before closing so they could spend time with me. I told him I’d be there in 15 minutes ! When I got there, I walked into the lobby area, where an armed security guard was in a glassed in corner of the room. He was very polite as I gave him my MMJ card and drivers’ license. He’s a retired police officer, and said it was a good job. He told me that since it was my first time there, someone would be out to get me. And soon, a kind young man came to the door and invited me in. We had to wait between two doors, until the door to the outside had completely closed- no chance of anybody sneaking past. It is all very secure and professional.
It isn’t weird inside. It’s nothing like “Disjointed”. It’s more like an old fashioned chemist’s office than a head shop (though they had some beautiful glass pipes). There were photos of flowers, and various MMJ terms. It’d didn’t smell particularly “weedy”. Nobody was stoned.
Then there was an initial interview about my qualifying conditions… and answering my basic questions. I explained that I’ve never smoked marijuana before, and had no experience with it. We then went over to where all of the product is stored (lots and lots of options). I’d told the young man that I planned to make my own edibles for the most part, and really didn’t want to smoke the weed, but didn’t mind vaping. I ended up with a nice assortment of concentrated oils, ‘shake’ (ground up MJ that is good for edibles like canna butter, which requires processing), edibles (chocolates and gummies), disposable vape pens, and a bit of “flower” (or bud) to use in a dry herb convection vaporizer, or for cooking. And, I got one package of joints (5 of them) , just for the heck of it- I can always unroll them and use the dried MJ in something else if I don’t like smoking it. The joints are factory rolled, and a lot bigger than I expected. I’m hoping I can put them out after a puff or two, and not end up wasting any of it.
Anyway, that’s the overview of my first trip to the medical marijuana dispensary. 🙂