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11 years ago
Fast and friendly!
Came here earlier today for a renewal. The whole process took maybe 35 minutes. Easy to find, white building with blue trim. Three different people asked me if I wanted any water while I waited. Friendly dog (like the people) in the waiting room. Skyped with a physician in a private room (doc was very nice), and brought up a few other remedies for my insomnia. Also, they printed up a--plastic, not paper--wallet card for me. I told them my address, and helped me find the closest dispensaries.
Really nice people run this place. Larry took my call and gave me good directions and advice. Once I got there I was greeted by a real cool lady Debbie. She was kind of motherly in a good way and offered me cold water while I filled out the few paperwork. I later found out you can fill them out on line too. The intake and examination were a breeze. The ID cards are a nice quality kind of like a driver's license. I've already referred them to a bunch of friends. There is no elevator, but I didn't need it. They are on the second floor in a really cool decorated office. The price can't be beat for all you get and how warmly you are treated.
The website for this place is cool. One of the owners did it himself. The patient intake form on the site makes it easy to fill out at home and click submit, so when I got there I just had to show ID and sign a few release forms. If you want to schedule an appointment, you can do that on their website too on the Contact Us page. I took a friend and he was treated as nicely as I was. It just must be the way they are there...
11 years ago
I don't know what to think...
So I've been meaning to get my medical marijuana card for a few months now. I suffer from episodes of high anxiety and depression. Contrary to what some people believe, anxiety and depression can become very dilapidating. My condition has severely impacted my life. I rarely leave my house as being out in public causes me shortness of breath, dizziness and rapid heart beat. I hardly ever talk to my family anymore and I haven't been able to find anyone willing to hire me because my condition causes me distress during interviews. This has been going on for the past 4 years. I am currently 18, so getting help for myself is now in my hands. I saw my primary physician and he prescribed me Paxil CR. My father was on the same medication for quite some time and stopped as soon as he could. The side effects were too much for him. So I decided to look into alternative forms of treatment, and a friend of mine recommended medical cannabis. It did wonders for his anxiety and really changed his life. I decided to go with A Green Alternative because of the good reviews. I wanted a professional doctor who would treat me kindly and respectfully. The staff was a joy to be around. Debbie, I believe her name was, was incredibly compassionate and motherly. I didn't catch the man's name at the desk, but he was incredibly nice and made me feel at home. The lady who took my vitals was nice and we had a couple laughs during our conversation. Everything seemed perfect. That is, until I met with the doctor. I was kind of thrown off at the fact that I was talking to the doctor through video chat. I would have much rather preferred an actual in person meeting, but it wasn't too bad. However, I felt very uncomfortable with the way the doctor treated me. We talked, and I could tell he was a friendly guy, but he denied my recommendation. Now, that's perfectly okay because I fully understand that medical marijuana access is reserved at the doctor's discretion. It's his reason for denying me that got me upset. As I said, I'm 18 years old. Despite what some would like to believe, those who are 18 are legal adults, and legally able to obtain medical marijuana. The doctor told me that he wouldn't give me a recommendation unless I got permission from my mother. MY MOTHER! I felt like a little kid being scolded for doing nothing wrong. I am an adult. I would think that I wouldn't have to go through my parents to get medical treatment, and I would certainly expect a doctor to be professional enough to understand that. Bottom line is: the doctor blurred the line between personal conviction and his professional obligation to his patients. I just wanted access to a safe form of treatment and I wasn't given that option, despite that fact that I genuinely benefit from it. I am now on my way to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription medication. I pray that the side effects aren't as bad as my physician implied. If I do move forward with getting my medical marijuana card it will have to be a month from now and I will have to endure the withdrawal period of being taken off medication. thanks.
Maximum WellnessClairemont Kearny
Please know that we are here to help! Please also know that not all patient will qualify for a written recommendation for medical marijuana. Our California licensed physician, Dr. Edgar Suter, has provided guidelines for those who are 18. Our guidelines, as stated in our FAQs Tab are: Q- Can I be evaluated at A Green Alternative if I am 18 years old? A- Patients who are 18 can only be evaluated for a written recommendation, if you are: -- out of high school, and -- not living at home with parents. -- Or, if living at home with a parent or guardian, a signed letter of approval. This patient states he lives at home, and he might have been provided with a written recommendation, had he been willing to provide us with a letter from his mother. Yes, his mother. We take our responsibilities seriously.
Official response11 years ago
3 years ago
Closed, wrong website, all phone numbers disconnected. How unfortunate!