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Cannabis good or bad? Debate continues as Texas allows its first retail marijuana dispensary

Cannabis good or bad? Debate continues as Texas allows its first retail marijuana dispensary

23 February | 0 Comments | By Rachael

With the recent opening of its first retail marijuana dispensary in Manchaca, Texas joined the league of 30-odd states and territories of the United States that allow cannabis sale and consumption for medical purpose. Despite a strict anti-marijuana federal law, 29 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have allowed medical marijuana, while some of them even allow its recreational use.

Known for being a conservative state, Texas finally decided to allow the use of marijuana as a medication, albeit with a few conditions. For instance, the decision will now enable patients with intractable epilepsy in Texas to use marijuana without any apprehensions. However, only those who have already tried antiepileptic drugs and have failed to control their seizures, would be eligible for medicinal marijuana prescription after appropriate approvals from doctors.

Medical marijuana in US

Way back in 1970, the U.S. Congress had classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug, making it illegal, with a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. It is a criminal offense to violate the ban on any of the substances under Schedule I. In due course, a few states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses, such as possession of the drug, which was a state-specified quantity.

However, it is important to note that marijuana continues to attract punishments in these states — either civil or criminal in nature — depending on the quantity of drug seized. It is interesting to note that apart from the recent state exemptions on the use of medical marijuana, possession, use or cultivation of marijuana are still subject to severe prohibition federally.

Despite the strict federal laws in place, states continue to allow marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. California took the lead in changing the nation’s cannabis map by becoming the first state to allow it by passing the Compassionate Use Act in 1996. Several states followed the suit, passing legislation that allowed the residents to cultivate, use or possess, and in some cases even distribute marijuana for medical purposes.

All the states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana have a basic framework to define the individuals who are eligible under it, with a few motley exemptions. The common grounds to be qualified as a legalized marijuana user include a bona fide diagnosis revealing an incapacitating medical condition.

Is weed safe medically?

In 2017, the legal medical marijuana industry was thriving and is now poised to increase further in 2018. Medical marijuana essentially involves the use of cannabinoid, an ingredient of the plant which does not give a high to the user but is considered therapeutic. Cannabinoid in the oil form – cannabidiol – is said to help in conditions like childhood epilepsy. Apart from controlling epileptic seizures, it is also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.

Even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t approve of marijuana’s medicinal value, its advocates cite it as a natural remedy for a host of problems. They refer to studies on animals showing how marijuana extracts helped in killing certain cancer cells and reducing the size of others.

Studies continue on marijuana and its extracts, while clinical trials are being conducted to know more about its utility in treating AIDS, pain, substance use disorders, mental disorders, etc. However, there is a long way to go in terms of studies related to the various illnesses that can be treated.

While the field of medicine is yet to come across any significant gain from marijuana, it has become one of the most abused substances in the country with a potential to develop into an addiction. In fact, it is seen as a gateway drug by those strongly opposed to the legalization of medical marijuana.

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