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We are in California but my husband receives VA disability

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Hi Pearl, We are in California but my husband receives VA disability and Social Security Disability benefits. He is worried that using medical marijuana might cost him his VA benefits (he is unable to work and in chronic pain). We keep running into friends who swear by medical marijuana so he would like to try it so he can get off all or most of the pain medications he currently takes.
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: He takes morphine and muscle relaxers. He also takes cymbalta and is on high blood pressure meds. He is allergic to Penicillin.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: He has had one back surgery and got a staph infection, so he can't have any more back surgeries. He has several ruptured disks and narrowing of the disk spaces, arthritis and chronic pain.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

medical marijuana is legal in california

use of it will not cost him his VA benefits.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I thought that this was where I could get my card online, do you offer this?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

no, you have to apply in person in california at your local health department

it depends on your county

here is more information

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/MMP/Pages/MMP%20Top%203%20Questions.aspx

here is a list of county health centers where you can apply

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/Pages/MMPCounties.aspx

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