If you are thinking about getting a medical cannabis card, you may have people in your life who you do not think would be supportive. While you ware not obligated to tell anyone about your decision to get a medical cannabis card, it can sometimes be difficult to keep parts of your life from your friends and family. It may be that you prefer to be open and honest about your life and your decisions with those close to you, but you may be a bit apprehensive about how they will take it, particularly if you have people in your life who tend to be judgmental or highly opinionated. If you plan on having a conversation with a family member about your decision to get a medical marijuana prescription, here are a few ways to make that conversation go smoothly.
- Before the conversation, make a list of the reasons why you have made your decision that you can reference if necessary. If possible, include things that your family member knows about and can relate to. This may include things like an insomnia problem you have had since childhood, severe anxiety that has ruined family get togethers for you, or perhaps even an illness or condition that you are battling whether it be cancer, epilepsy, or chronic pain. Once you are able to help your family member understand why you have chosen this route, they might be more open to discussing it.
- If possible, try to have the conversation in person. If you live in the same city as your family, it will be better if you can talk face to face because they will be able to see your sincerity and you will both be less likely to misconstrue or misinterpret tone of an email or text message as is common in this day and age. Schedule a time to sit down and chat when neither of you have a tight timeline or another place to be. You should anticipate that they will have questions and you want to make sure you allow time for them.
- Remain calm and kind throughout the conversation. If you are choosing to sit them down to discuss the issue, you probably know that they might react badly or be judgmental. Knowing this going into the conversation will help you remain level-headed rather than be caught by surprise. Allow them to feel what they feel, but be available for questions and healthy conversation when they are ready.
- Do your research so that you can adequately answer questions you know might come up. Will your family want to know about potential risks? Will they ask about cost or perhaps how you will find the appropriate medical marijuana doctor? Try to have answers for these questions ahead of time so that you can answer them sufficiently in the moment.
- Thank them for their time and let them know that their opinion is important to you, but so is having an open, honest and communicative relationship with them. In many cases, the fact that you have chosen to share this information rather than keep it a secret will go a long way in preserving the relationship and helping your family to understand or attempt to understand where you are coming from.
These conversation are not always easy, but having a few tips to keep the conversation productive will help you along the way.