DON'T MOVE TO CALIFORNIA JUST FOR POT!!!
(I haven't read the other responses, so forgive me if I repeat other answers)
I live in California; I also had a doctor's recommendation (from a "regular" doc, not a pot-doc) and purchased pot from a dispensary several times last year. Over the past several months, however, dispensaries have been getting raided and there have been more and more allegations of dispensary malfeasance, so I have switched to Marinol (basically, pot pills; synthetic, purchased from a pharmacy with a prescription). I know there are folks who say that I am missing out on all the benefits of "natural" pot; however, I am also missing out on the risks, like arrests, criminal record, and/or potential jail/prison time.
From what I can tell, I'm one of the few legitimate medical marijuana users: I have never enjoyed the high from pot (though I've enjoyed other illicit highs, to be sure!), and I only use it now because it's the most benign of my treatment options (I have anorexia [NOT "nervosa"--I just never, ever have an appetite, and my weight tends to the low side at best and skeletal at worst]). Pot is better--and safer--by far than using mood stabilizers (Depakote, Topamax, etc.) or atypical antipsychotics (Risperdal, etc.), or worse, the old-school neuroleptics, like Thorazine, to boost my appetite. But I digress...
I suspect you're right about your husband. It IS difficult to manage/treat chronic pain, but it doesn't help matters to have him hooked on something, be it pot or pain pills. Hooked is hooked. Plus, if he's selling pot out of the house, depending upon the state you're in, you run the risk of LOSING YOUR HOUSE if he gets busted...and that's a mighty high price to pay for pain relief.
Talk to your husband and see if he'd be open to finding a doctor who'd be willing to prescribe Marinol...that way, he wouldn't be breaking any laws (stupid though they may be), wouldn't put you or your property at risk, and his use would be monitored, if only a little.
Good luck to you both!
- Response by recynd
, A Thinker, Female, 46-55, Los Angeles, Administrative