Why all medical cannabis cardholders are not created equal

Barry Gipson
3 min readJan 5, 2021
Photo Credit — HOK

Veterans Lost In Translation

A few months ago I received my WA state medical cannabis card. I had no idea how easy it was to get one as a veteran. Thanks to my show co-host The Cannabis Cowboy out of Denver within a week I was a card-carrying member.

Registered with the Department Of Health database now as a medical cannabis user as a result. There are many benefits to owning one. Like buying more product than a “Frequent Shopper” does in one dispensary visit.

Oh, and the ability to grow your own plants also is a pretty huge benefit. You would think now being a card-carrying member it should translate across state lines, right? Not so fast.

A Dark Winter Vacation

During my recent family trip to Orlando, I discovered during research that Florida is also a medical cannabis authorized state. Rolling up to Harvest Of Kissimmee last week in a Uber is when the pot finally hit the fan.

As I tipped my Uber before walking through their front door I felt a sense of relief. Although cannabis is not addictive like many seem to think it had been a few days since my last use at home in WA state. You know that feeling when you’ve missed popping a pill or two for relief? That feeling.

This is my only form of medicine to deal with PTSD and a major depressive disorder. As a veteran, it's crucial to medicate daily. Now I was finally going to be able to put this card to use. Right? Not created equally.

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After pulling my card to enter Harvest of Kissimme trailer located behind street facing traffic I was then directed to Miracle Leaf instead. A CBD…

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