Where do we stand on Medical Marijuana and how much further have we yet to go? This is a question that rests in the minds of many, though how much progression has actually taken place in the field of Medicinal Cannabis? Continue reading to find out.
The controversial debate over using Marijuana as a medicine is fairly new to the American public. Many are unsure of its potential benefits and are hesitant to buy into the increasing rise in acceptance of marijuana by doctors and citizens alike. At the moment, however, marijuana under federal law is
“… now listed under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug, a categorization it shares with other drugs, such as heroin and LSD, which the U.S. government defines as “the most dangerous drugs” that have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” (Huddleston)
However, the lack of knowledge on this particular substance doesn’t forbid many states from legalizing it in their own realms of the law to assist in the improvement of certain medical conditions.
In fact, Colorado allows for a medical marijuana card to be prescribed to a patient through a special physician. Once a registry identification card is obtained, patients can then go to a dispensary in their area to purchase their medicine. Conditions allowing for this type of treatment include,
“Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS positive, cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Colorado Board of Health.” (ProCon.org)
The following list of conditions is very common among all states that have legalized cannabis for medical use. As of 2016, 24 states have legalized medical marijuana within their state borders. Visit here for a more detailed synopsis of each state’s views.
This image displays the United States map based on marijuana policies as of 2014.
However, further advances have been made in some states despite stagnant federal action toward marijuana legalization. For instance, in Virginia around Feb 26 2015, governor Terry McAuliffe approved legislation allowing the use of medical marijuana in cases of severe epileptic seizures. He stated how “No state should have laws . . . where our great Virginia residents might say, ‘I have to move to another state because we can’t provide the treatment for our children,’ ” McAuliffe said. Now, he said, “everybody will stay in Virginia.” (Weiner)
This is good news in the case of the Collins family from Fairfax, VA who recently moved to Colorado to receive proper treatment from a medical marijuana professional. Beth Collins’ daughter Jennifer experienced overwhelming positive results from the treatment. Upon this legislation passed by MacAuliffe, the Collins family was able to return to their home in Fairfax all while Jennifer is able to obtain the same therapeutic benefits.
As for the current efforts in the fight for federal medicinal cannabis legalization, the DEA did something rather shocking just a couple of days ago. According to reports by Jen Wieczner,
The DEA green-lit a clinical trial of smoked marijuana for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in American military veterans,” and “the DEA … is considering whether to reclassify marijuana from its current category—the same one as heroin and LSD—into a lower one alongside less dangerous drugs. So far, DEA has not rejected any research studies involving marijuana products that met FDA standards, the agency’s spokesperson added.”
The following podcast summarizes where medical marijuana stands in a general sense, providing information about the medicine, and lists cannabis-treatable conditions.
Marijuana is all of the buzz, or should I say high, right now and everyone is talking about it. Even one of the most influential thinkers of our time and accomplished biologist, Richard Dawkins, shares astounding information concerning the marijuana substance.
Medical marijuana is on the brink of becoming legal at the federal level and throughout the entire United States. Questions to take us from here include, How much more research needs to be done on the substance and How long until we will see its widespread use?