A number of states recently began allowing marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes and a few states have decriminalized the use and possession of very small amounts of the drug. Recently, the state of Illinois became the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical use.
An August 1st article by Jordan Friedman from the USA today describes the new Illinois law with strict rules and regulations for the production and dispensing of medical marijuana. The Illinois law allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for more than 30 specific medical diseases such as Chrohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even AIDS. However, physicians can only prescribe about 2.5 grams per week and can only prescribe medical marijuana for patients with whom they have a relationship.
Florida may be the next state to legalize the medical use of marijuana. The state has been fairly conservative and is home to many anti-drug organizations. However, the United for Care Campaign started asking for more than 680,000 signatures to place a medical marijuana proposal on the next election ballot.
Jamie Haase of the Huffington Post wrote an article on August 21st providing more details on the organization’s plans while also highlighting the story of someone who uses medical marijuana to help treat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Many people champion the use of medical marijuana, but many people obtain prescriptions for purely recreational use. The changing attitudes towards cannabis point towards a future where using and possessing marijuana may be decriminalized or carry less punitive sentences.
Cannabis may be a positive treatment tool for those with chronic or terminal illnesses. However, there is still the possibility of abuse by individuals who are not sick. If new medical marijuana laws are enacted, then there will also need to be strict regulations to keep marijuana out of the hands of teenagers and those who are healthy.
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