CannaTalk Presents: What is CannaSense?
CannaSense is a medical cannabis collective that helps patients in all 50 states gain access to cannabis medication. We do this with a streamlined process in strict compliance with The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, The Affordable Care Act and the US Constitution. It is important for each patient to understand the legalities involved, the costs, and the benefits of cannabis medication. Cannabis can be used to treat a large number of illnesses from anxiety, depression, and PTSD, to inflammatory and auto-immune disorders, as well as many forms of cancer and chronic pain. Unfortunately there are many states in America that have not yet passed medical cannabis laws and it is still listed on the federal level as a schedule 1 narcotic. Despite these obstacles, CannaSense has a solution for any patient in America who needs access to cannabis.
How is This Legal?
CannaSense was developed, tested, and refined over a 13 year period using existing law as an avenue for patient access to cannabis in all 50 states. The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 is a California Law that allows anyone to become members of a cannabis collective with the recommendation of a doctor. Article 4 Section 1 of the US Constitution says: “Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.” This means that Article IV, Section 1 ensures that states respect and honor the state laws and court orders of other states, even when their own laws are different. It is also known as the reciprocity clause.
Under the Affordable Care Act, patients can see their doctors through telemedicine services from the privacy of their homes. Internet based video conference calls enable their doctors to write prescriptions and recommendations in a legal and accepted way, without leaving home. CannaSense partners with California-based telemedicine physician services to provide easy access to patients for a teleconference appointment with a CA doctor who will give them a treatment plan, a physical medical cannabis card, and a signed recommendation for membership with Cannasense. Legally, under the provisions of the ACA, this is the same thing as the patient traveling to CA to see the doctor in person.
When a patient uses this CannaSense process, it legally makes them a California patient under the protections of the Compassionate Use Act. Even though they may live in another state, through this process, they are California patients. After the recommendation from the physician is attached to the CannaSense Sponsorship form and submitted to CannaSense for approval, (which usually takes one business day), they are assigned a patient ID and they are able to log in to their account to order from the Apothecary store on the CannaSense website. For more information on the larger legal structure under which CannaSense operates, please read the official legal statement.
There are several legal safeguards with CannaSense, the first of which is our compliance within the legal framework mentioned above. The second is the medical card, which in many cases can shield a patient from scrutiny by agents of the state. The third is the discreet way we ship the medication. We ship right to patients’ homes in non-descript packaging without labels indicating the contents of the package, thereby protecting each patient’s privacy. Also, the patient’s credit card statements are completely without any “red flag” terms. The greatest benefit of being a patient with CannaSense is the CannaSense Foundation, whose primary purpose is to provide legal defense teams at no cost to any patient or member who has legal issues as a result of using cannabis.
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