Renewing a Medical Marijuana Card in NY

Depending on the state in which you live, you might be able to go into your doctor’s office to renew your medical marijuana card. If you go back to the physician who provided your original medical marijuana recommendation, his or her office should already have all of your medical information. All you should need to bring will be your driver’s license or ID card to prove you still live in the state.

If you are one of those fortunate ones that have managed to obtain a medical marijuana card in NY and you’re now in need for a renewal, you’ve arrived at the right place.

In this definitive guide, we are going to cover all you need to know about the process of renewing your Medical Marijuana Card.

Why Do You Need to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card?

Wouldn’t it be great to get your medical card and then literally never have to think about it again? Well, unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. In most states, medical marijuana cards are valid for one year. This is due to many different reasons, but the primary one is the medical aspect.

Monitoring authorities in most states want to constantly make sure that medical marijuana is being used responsibly, and is actually being used in the way that is consistent with the patient’s specific medical condition.

If the patient’s condition is improving, then the authorizing party may or may not renew the card. In other words, the evaluation of the renewal process is not a cut-and-dry situation – it is simply a process that is there to judge whether or not medical marijuana is still a necessity.

How Often do I have to Renew My Medical Marijuana Card?

As of now, a medical marijuana renewal is required every 12 months in most states, and in most instances, you’ll need to renew it at least 30 days before the card’s date of expiration.
Please note however that the exact terms and conditions of the renewal process are determined on a state-by-state basis. Therefore it is best to check the exact time at which you are required to renew your card.

What Is the Process?

Similar to when you applied as a first-time medical marijuana patient, the process for renewing your medical marijuana card is usually pretty straightforward. You’ll need to have a medical marijuana evaluation with a medical doctor, and then send a renewal application to your state’s medical marijuana department.

If you return to the physician who issued your original recommendation, your medical documents might still be on record – this will save you time and hassle as you won’t have to organize your entire medical history from scratch.

In any regard, it is important that you bring the following documents to your evaluation:

● Government ID: This proves that you are a resident of the state; if you don’t have a state ID, then make sure you bring with a utility bill that has your address.

● Medical records: Whether you are having an in-person evaluation or an online one, your doctor will need to understand your exact medical condition and why you are applying for a renewal. Even if you decide to return to the doctor who issued you your first recommendation, chances are he or she won’t remember you. Therefore, be sure to bring any and all prescriptions, X-ray/MRI results, worker’s compensation reports, and/or disability paperwork.

● Original Medical Card: Please do not to forget your original card.

The Followup Evaluation for a Medical Marijuana Card Renewal – How Does it Work?

Unlike your first evaluation, the doctor will review your condition and ask you different questions in regards to your current health status. He or she will try to understand whether medical weed is helping you with your condition.
Furthermore, the physician may outline a treatment plan, ask you about any side effects you’ve experienced during your previous year, and stress the risks of using medical cannabis.

Once the consultation is complete, the evaluating physician will ask if you have any questions about the process or the benefits of medical marijuana, after which he or she will determine the outcome of the evaluation.

Please don’t assume that because you were approved for a medical marijuana card in the past, you’ll receive another recommendation. This isn’t always the case.

How Long Will It Take to Receive Your New MMJ Card After Renewal?

The process is not long, and you will more than likely receive your renewed medical marijuana card (that is valid for 1 year), within 14 business days. Of course, this depends on the agency that is submitting the documents to your Board of Health Services.

If you renew your card at least 20 days before expiration, you shouldn’t have a “dead period” where you can’t purchase weed. The new card will be valid for 12 months (in most states), and you will have to go through the same process one year later.

The Benefits of Renewing Your Medical Cannabis Card

Even though this may be stating the obvious, renewing your medical marijuana card allows you to purchase weed legally without any hassle. However, it is always important to remember that while medical marijuana may be legal in your state, it is still classed as an illegal drug on a Federal level.

Furthermore, a medical cannabis renewal may allow you to obtain marijuana at a lower price at your local dispensary, as you will be a continued registered medical user rather than a recreational smoker.…

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Running with Kobi

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve updated… I skipped over the entire month of November! I guess that was my post-marathon recovery from blogging, right?

Just some quick updates, here are some things that happened in the last month that I probably should have blogged about!

I started Insanity again – I’m at the end of Recovery Week and LOVING the results. No weight lost because my diet is still similar to what it was before my marathon, but I’ve made some changes to help me get to my goal weight. However even without losing weight, I’ve seen incredible results. My upper body is starting to look awesome and I’ve got some hard as steel abs waiting to be uncovered!

I PR’ed in the 15k – I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k in Chicago, with absolutely zero goals. I pretty much decided to run hard once the gun went off. I ended up setting a PR and placed 19th out of over 13,400 runners! I ran a 53:49, and I didn’t even warm up beforehand! Full results are available here.

I kinda won a local race – I ran the Turkey Trot 10k the Saturday before Thanksgiving. I was actually 2nd, but the kid ahead of my registered under a fake name and as a female—“Jane Brown”. For those of you wondering why he did it, it was because he was worried that running the race would disqualify him from competing in IHSA XC and Track. That said, it was an absolutely idiotic and selfish thing to do, it was totally unnecessary (he would not be disqualified from anything anyways), and it caused a huge headache for the race organizers. I took home the trophy for 1st place overall but MOST IMPORTANTLY I also got a $25 Target gift card. That’s what really counts.

For future reference, times when it is okay to register for a race as the opposite gender: never. This is especially true if you’re going to win the race.

Anyways, back to the reason I decided to actually update today. I had the MOST amazing run with Kobi this morning. I’ve started running with him regularly after my marathon. He even has his own Dailymile account, which thanks to a retweet from Runner’s World, has received over 500 visitors (but not many friends yet!) I feel like every time I run with him, our bond gets better and he becomes maybe slightly more obedient.

This morning we set out for a six mile run. The first mile with Kobi is always interesting, as it includes at least a dozen stops to potty, fertilize the grass, or sniff some random spot or object. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t realize we are supposed to be running at this point. Once we get all that done, we can usually settle in by the second mile. Well, this morning we ran across another person running with his dog off-leash. Although his dog is obedient, it was very exciting for Kobi and he ended up trotting sideways so he could look back at the other dog while I kept running. This definitely slowed us a bit.

Once we get to about the two mile mark, I usually let Kobi off his leash and he runs like a madman all around the road and dog park. Since the road to the back of the park is closed, there are no cars, and I have yet to see another person utilizing this stretch of trail this early in the morning. It’s pretty much our playground. I was finally able to settle in to a decent pace, and I noticed that since I was going pretty quick, Kobi didn’t want to stray too far from me. Usually he’ll stop to sniff or explore, and then run at full gallop to catch up. If I’m running fast, that’s a lot of work for him!

I hit the three mile turn around and called Kobi so he would know I was headed back. This is when the most amazing thing happened: he actually ran with me for about three-quarters of a mile. Even though he was off his leash, he ran right next to me or a few steps ahead. He actually started to pick up the pace a few times and I sped up a little bit to stay a step behind him. My dog actually pushed me to run faster! Of course once we got back to the open park road he took off running full speed again.

I put Kobi back on his leash for the last two miles but he still seemed to want to run fast. Since he was doing well with it, I kept up the hard pace. He started to fade a little bit towards the end of the run but I kept encouraging him to go faster. Luckily we were alone, because I’m sure some people would have thought it was weird to hear me telling my dog, “keep it up”, “finish strong”, or “we’re almost there buddy”!” Yes, I actually encourage my dog near the end of our runs! I’m not the type of person who speeds up near the end of the run then slows down, so if he picks up the pace I make him stick to it!

Despite our slow first two miles, our pace was pretty quick. 6:24 average! Splits were 7:38, 6:47, 6:23, 6:03, 5:55, and 5:34… Kobi’s first sub six miles! Of course, he handled them with ease, although he was galloping in a few spots. As we were passing the campus housing, he was pretty much in a full gallop and two college students yelled out “nice dog!” as we went by.

Of course as soon as we got home it was time for Kobi’s post-run treat, which is definitely his favorite part of the run. I gave him a bully stick today as an extra special treat! If you’re wondering what that is, you probably don’t want to know, but I assure you they are Kobi’s favorite treat! I’m hoping this morning’s run followed by lots of chewing will leave him passed out on the bean bag for most of the day.…

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8 Reasons why I’m ready to CRUSH 26.2

I don’t really consider myself to be a reflective person. I don’t look back on my past, or regret my mistakes. But this marathon coming up has me thinking about my goals and whether or not they are realistic. My marathon PR is 3:18:43. My goal for Sunday is 2:55:00 or under. That’s a PR of almost 24 minutes! A huge increase, I know, but I feel like I am ready for it, and could probably even run a bit faster. Here are the reasons why:

  1. Weight at time of last PR, Oct 2011 – 185 lbs. Weight April 2011 when I ran a horrible marathon – 200 lbs. Current weight – 175 lbs.
  2. Insanity (which helped me lose the weight) helped me build my stamina, a stronger core, and taught me the meaning of digging deep.
  3. As of Sunday, I’ll have run 136 days consecutively. No days off. Consistency ensures success.
  4. Since changing my form after switching to barefoot running, my legs no longer hurt at the end of long runs like they used to. This was the main factor in me trying (and switching) to barefoot running.
  5. I’ve trained, trained, and trained. One 22 mile run. Two 20 mile runs (one @ goal race pace of 6:37). 6 runs between 13.0 and 18.5 miles.
  6. I’ve actually run in the (minimalist) shoes I’m racing in this time, unlike the Mahomet Half.
  7. Since last year’s PR, I’ve greatly improved my diet and actually eat the way an athlete should.
  8. There’s a big medal waiting for me at the finish!I’ve prepared, I have faith in my training, and I’m ready to unleash beast mode this weekend. I’ll definitely be posting about the race here afterwards.

I’ve prepared, I have faith in my training, and I’m ready to unleash beast mode this weekend. I’ll definitely be posting about the race here afterwards.…

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ZEMGear 360 Runner Series Review

Finally, the shoes I have been the most excited for since I transitioned to barefoot running have arrived!

I introduce to you, the ZEMGear 360 Runner Series:

I know what you’re probably thinking, “You’re excited about shoes? Aren’t you a barefoot runner?” Well yes, and no. I am a runner who runs primarily barefoot, however I don’t refer to myself as a “barefoot runner” (that’s a topic for another blog post). I run barefoot simply because it’s what works best for me. That said, I’m definitely not against wearing shoes if I feel they are the right shoe for me. Unfortunately, sampling shoes from everyone who manufactures minimalist footwear is not in my budget.

Although I love the feeling of running barefoot, and the money I save not going through shoes every two months, there are times when it’s simply not the best option. Some surfaces still are uncomfortable for me barefoot, and most all surfaces become uncomfortable after 20+ miles at a 6:40 pace (my goal marathon pace). Since I’ll be running 26.2 miles on roads that I have never seen before, I feel that it is best that my feet are protected and I’m able to relax and focus on my pace.

Design

As you can see the design of the ZEMgear 360’s is very simple, but it is also very well thought out. The outsole is very thin, about 5mm according to my calipers, but it’s really hard to get a good reading on it due to the attached neoprene. The black are is a soft material (Phylon, according to the ZEM website), while the blue rubber provides the grip. I’ve worn these at work on our smooth, sealed concrete floor, and I had absolutely no complaints about the grip.

The sole is very thin and does not give much protection. Personally, as someone who has been running barefoot for months, my biggest fears are not broken glass, rusty knives, and dirty drug needles. If you commonly encounter those on your runs, you might be in need of a change of scenery. Actually, the worst thing for my feet are little rocks or nuts on the trails. I would definitely recommend still keeping on eye on where and how your foot is hitting the ground, but for the most part, you will be protected against the hazards of the trail. For me, any rock that is smaller than say a grape is not a problem.

The upper of the shoe is made of a highly breathable neoprene material. The 5 bands spanning the middle of the shoe are the “tech bands” which basically hug your foot to ensure a secure, but flexible fit.

The insole is soft, yet firm. You can see it in the above picture, where I’ve turned the rear of the shoe inside out. There is a seam that runs around the insole to attach the neoprene upper, but it gives your foot plenty of room and is very smooth so I don’t think it should cause irritation.

Split Toe vs. Round Toe?

The ZEMgear 360 Runner Series comes in either a split toe option or a round toe option. The split toe might cause you to get some strange looks or comments, such as camel toe, Bambi, or my girlfriend’s favorite, Rudolph. However, it does give you big toe the freedom to move independently. Having the other four toes together helps ensure that they’re protected and comfortable. When I got my first pair of ZEM Ninja Lo’s, I opted for the split toe design, and I’ve had no reason to try out the round toe, so I can’t comment on it. I feel like the split toe might help give me a more secure fit and keep the shoe from moving, but like I said, I haven’t tried the alternative. If you’re uncomfortable with the “camel toe” look, you can definitely opt for the rounded toe!

Flexibility

The flexibility of these shoes is absolutely amazing. This really helps contribute to the barefoot feel. The flexibility, along with the tech bands, ensure that the shoe moves with your foot effortlessly and comfortably.

As you can see they’re so flexible that I can tuck them inside themselves and they will stay there. Or, even the weight of my not-quite-full Monster can (don’t you love my color matching) will hold the shoe in a folded position. And if I put enough weight on them, they fold up to just over an inch thick! These things can bend!

Weight

The entire shoe, for a Men’s Size 12, weighs only 3.5 oz, which is incredibly light. Obviously a size 12 is a bit above average for a man, and way above average for a woman. The design is the same for men and women, with sizes ranging from a Men’s size 5-13. You can see the sizing chart below. These are meant to fit snug, so if your foot is a size 11, you should order an 11. I wore an 11.5 in running shoes and I should have ordered a size 11 for these.

Durability

So far, I’ve only put 32 miles on these, 100% on asphalt. As I mentioned before, the black outsole is a VERY soft material, not rubber, so it no longer looks brand new. However I don’t think this is an indication that these shoes won’t go the distance and last for several hundred miles. After 32 miles, there is no visible wear on the rubber grip pads.

Keep in mind that the wear on my shoe may be a bit worse than what the average user will experience, since my feet are super wide (4E), and the area of the shoe that contacts the ground is wider than most.

Having very little experience with this type of shoe, I’d say my expectation going in is that it will last at least 200-300 miles. My wide feet can sometimes wear down certain shoes a bit early, so we will see what sort of results I get. I will be keeping VERY close track of the miles I put on these shoes.

Price

The ZEMgear 360 Runner Series is available for $59.99, plus about $7.50 for shipping. I consider this to be low for a minimalist shoe, especially when many are in the $100-$130 range, but for me the $ per mile figure is the most important, and I’ve yet to figure out how long these will last me. At $60, I’d hope for 250 – 300 miles. So far, I think that the shoes will be able to survive that.

My Thoughts

Up to this point, I’ve tried my hardest to give an impartial look at the ZEMgear 360 Runner Series. This is the part where I tell you what I think of them!

I absolutely LOVE them!

As I mentioned before, I have super wide feet and there are a lot of things that just plain don’t work for me. Have you seen a minimalist shoe that is offered in anything other than the standard D width? If so, feel free to mention it, because I don’t think it exists. The Saucony Hattori looks promising, but is not offered in widths. Same goes for all of the New Balance Minimus line, or the Brooks Pure Project shoes. I own a pair of Vibrams, and running make my feet feel like they’re being smothered in a bear hug. It’s certainly not an enjoyable experience. I asked @sirisaac on twitter if the Newton shoes were recommended for wide feet, and they steered me away from their products (however, I would like to point out that they were refreshingly honest, and I greatly appreciate that).

For me to be able to put my giant footprint of approval on a minimalist shoe is a pretty big deal.

I’ve transitioned quicker than most to barefoot running and I think I’ve had some pretty successful runs. Recently I completed a 15k race at a 5:57/mile pace that was all asphalt, with some of it being pretty rough. I also ran a 20 miler at a 6:40/mile pace, on concrete and asphalt. I’m confident that I could run a marathon distance on my local bike trail with no problem. I am definitely set on barefoot/minimalist running, and this is why it’s very important for me that a minimalist shoe be as minimalist and close to barefoot as possible. The 360’s are definitely the closest to barefoot of any shoe I’ve tried.

Another thing I love about wearing them is that they make it easier for me to run with my puppy. I recently wrote about my future running partner, and since getting the 360s I’ve been able to start running with him. Since running with him requires me to focus on what he is doing 90% of the time and not where my feet are falling, running barefoot with him can be a bit hazardous. Not to mention that he has a habit of making frequent potty and sniffing stops, or random changes in direction. He’s a work in progress.

My only complaint with the 360’s so far is that, with my abnormal sweating abilities, they sometimes don’t dry out quick enough (I don’t wear socks with them). If I wanted to run in these every day, I’d probably consider another pair just for comfort. I actually like working in them too, so I may even get a pair to wear to work!

In summary, the ZEMgear 360 Runner Series are an excellent shoe that give a great nearly barefoot feel, while offering some protection. If you’re looking for a minimalist shoe that truly emulates being barefoot, these are worth a look, especially if you have wide feet!

I might post about these again in the future further down the road, and hopefully I’ll include a video. Is there anything else you want to see or know about the 360’s?

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Jordan Trump, Spectator Extraordinaire

You may have seen yesterday’s On To Chicago post about the Chicago Marathon this weekend. If not, I’ll summarize: my girlfriend is running the Chicago Marathon, and I can’t run it with her since registration closed like a year ago (actually, I think it filled in March).

This is a totally new experience for me! Not only have I never had a runner girlfriend, but I’ve never been to such a huge race to support someone else’s running. And I just want to say I am SUPER excited. I’ve been thinking about this trip for well over a month. Since I’m slightly experienced at running Chicago (okay, I only did it once), I feel I can offer some help in planning the trip. So I’ve gone to the extreme to try to work out every detail for her.

I think she’s been a bit too focused on the race itself to think about the other stuff, so I’ve done what I can, from researching hotels, planning when we’ll leave, what she’ll eat for lunch (her choice, of course), when we’ll get to the expo, what she wants for dinner the night before, the best way to travel the 2 miles to the race start, whether we can get late checkout at our hotel (thanks to my important on Twitter, we have been extended an hour Winking smile), and where we will meet afterwards. Whew! That’s a lot of planning!

I am definitely most excited for the race itself though! It was such an awesome experience last year, but I was very focused on qualifying for Boston (didn’t happen) and ran with headphones the whole way. Honestly, I wish that I had taken the opportunity to experience more of the race. Sure I could hear the crowds cheering and see the buildings around me, but I barely remember anything but bits and pieces of the race because I was in the zone!

Since the race is in a loop downtown, I will for sure be running from point to point to cheer on Kendall in as many places as possible! Even though my marathon is in just two weeks, I’m not afraid to put in some mileage to be the best supporter ever. I imagine I’ll probably end up doing at least 11 miles, especially if I get the chance to run with her doing the race. I’m pretty sure that’s not technically allowed, but I’ve had some friends tell me they’ve done it and I feel like it would be very beneficial if I could run some of the last few miles with her.

To everyone else running the Chicago Marathon, or any other race this weekend, GOOD LUCK! If you’re running Chicago, let me know so I can creep you with runner tracking and yell at you if I manage to spot you!…

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On to Chicago!

This weekend, I’ll be headed to Chicago to watch the 2011 Chicago Marathon!!! Yay!!!

cm_thumbAlthough I would love to run it again, I did not sign up this year because I did not want to pay the travel expenses. It turns out that my my girlfriend Kendall is signed up to run it, and I have been helping her train for the past couple months. We only started dating in July, and of course you have to sign up in March, so this wasn’t in my mind when registration closed.

Oh well, I am actually very excited to go up there and watch her run and support her. I am planning on running ALL over the race course to see her at various points in the race, and I’ll probably join her for the last 10k or so. I just hope I’m able to find her in the massive crowds!

This will be her first marathon, and I think she is totally ready. The crazy part is that just two weeks later she is going to be running her second marathon (I’ll explain later)! I hope she has a blast in Chicago so she’s pumped for Rock n’ Roll St. Louis on the 23rd!…

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