The Legalization of Medical Cannabis in a Nutshell
There are still people who are having a hard time grasping the concept of cannabis legalization. If you’re unsure about the pros and cons, don’t worry, we’ve written this article for you.
Let’s start by discussing some of the facts about medical cannabis. We’ll then also take a closer look at the why’s and the how’s of it all.
The current situation
In the United States, there are currently 35 states plus the District of Columbia that have legalized the use of marijuana. 15 of these states (plus D.C.) have also legalized recreational use, while all of these allow medicinal use. Details do vary though between states, so it’s worth checking out the rules and restrictions in your area.
While some countries still disallow the possession and use of what is termed recreational cannabis, they are increasingly allowing its use for medicinal purposes. This generally requires permits obtained through approved medical channels, by way of securing the proper documentation from recognized bodies or doctors.
The rationale behind the legalization
The opposition to the use of cannabis, has largely centered in the past around the possible effects of the plant’s main psychoactive chemical, THC. When it comes to the controlled extracts and purified cannabis-based derivatives, however, the position is quite different. These have been found to hold great potential for a variety of medicinal applications. As a result, the continued exploration of their medicinal use is now seen as an important study generating a lot of international interest.
The pros for wider legalization
In addition to the medicinal applications, other cogent reasons for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana exist.
Let’s have a look at some of these:
- Legal marijuana will still be regulated which in turn will promote consumer safety
- Legalization will take control out of the hands of criminal elements and drug pushers
- Legalization or decriminalization will put youth at lower risk by decreasing teen use
- Legalizing marijuana will free up police resources and eliminate the need for costly law enforcement
- Controlled marijuana use is known to be less harmful than addiction to freely available substances such as tobacco and alcohol
- It offers a wide range of health alternatives to many commonly prescribed drugs
- Legalization will boost the economy by generating large additional tax revenue on sales
- The industry will generate a considerable amount of jobs through research, development, production, and supply chains
- It will give the authorities more control and oversight compared to when the drug is prohibited outright
- Legalization promotes an interest in cannabis, so that people are armed with useful information about the various products available on the market
Ongoing research into the chemical makeup of the cannabis plant is shedding continued valuable light on its medical uses. A few years down the road, we should see even more solid evidence about the specific health benefits of more cannabis-based extracts. In addition, as manufacturers keep trying to differentiate their cannabis-based products from others, we are likely to see some truly innovative ideas appear on the market.
So far, results have been very promising. As a result, we are seeing a boom in the medical cannabis market, including extract-based products in a variety of forms. Regulation is keeping in step with these developments, which will only benefit consumers in the long run.
Further prospects for the industry
We are now seeing a continual move by more states to consider the legalization of cannabis in its various forms. Some states which already have legislation in place are augmenting their policies to further benefit consumers, by increasing purchase limits and availability.
Medical cannabis is thus a steadily expanding industry and demand has never been higher. A wide range of individuals and entities are getting involved, and more transparency from manufacturers is helping the market grow further. As long as the products continue to produce results and give people what they require, the sky’s the limit. Taking all this into account, the even broader adoption of legalized cannabis is clearly on the horizon.