Cannabis on the Rise


Could cannabis be on the rise in America? The legalization of medical marijuana is pending in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. Legislators are allowing doctors in each of these states to decide what conditions these drugs may treat. Marijuana has become legal in 22 states including Washington D.C. states that Minnesota passed a medical marijuana law while other states have reform ballots on the table. 11 other states are also considering legislation to establish effective medical marijuana programs in states like Michigan, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Hawaii and Wisconsin.

Medical marijuana is ordinarily prescribed to people who suffer from cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, glaucoma and other serious illness. There are uproars from medical marijuana opponents. They consider medical marijuana to be as addictive as illegal marijuana. Opposers contend that there are legal prescriptions that have the ability supplement medical marijuana. They feel that with cannabis being on the rise, this is a lead to recreational use resulting in harder drug use, infertility, damage to lungs, immune system and brain cells. Will this be enough to persuade legislators not to legalize the use of medical marijuana in more states?

With cannabis being on the rise legally in America, there are questions about issues that could arise with the legalization of medical marijuana, mainly recreational use. Although the nation makes up about 73 percent of Americans who need medical marijuana, there are just as many Americans who use illegal marijuana.

Among the states with legalized permission to issue medical marijuana, Washington State is being pressured to better its present medical marijuana regulatory system. Medical dispensaries have been issued warning that they have not been issued a license by the state, they will have to shut down by 2015. Those living in states like Colorado or Washington do not have to have a medical card to purchase marijuana because marijuana its use is allowed recreationally. No matter what officials say, they can’t stop America’s rise of cannabis and who uses it.

Although medical cannabis could be on a rise in four new states there are still very strict stipulations in order to receive it. For instance, Minnesota patients are not allowed to smoke marijuana, but they allowed to purchase oils, vapors and pills to assist pain from serious illnesses. In Florida, only those who suffer from serious epilepsy may be allowed to purchase medical marijuana.

The government allows medical officials in each state to decide how they want to issue medical marijuana. Patients in some states will have to suffer from particular diseases instead rather than those that are on the much longer cannabis-qualifying list of illnesses. Americans can expect new side from the government. Recreational users maybe just as elated as medical users are. With cannabis being on the rise, it will be very difficult to put a hold on any kind of marijuana whether it is legal or homegrown. Legislators seem to be more lenient in reference to marijuana laws these days.

By Erica Sandifer

NBC News
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5 Responses to "Cannabis on the Rise"

  1. Carolyn   June 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoarthritis, IBS, vision disturbances, bladder leakage, PSVT, Gerds, and many, many more diseases and illnesses. Just legalize marijuana, tax it, let us cultivate it and pay for us to all get out of debt, schools, roads and everything in between needs this to happen. release our people from incarceration, no victim, no crime.

  2. diria   June 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm

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    Just sick

  3. tony bell   June 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Amen! Testify brother of the flower. Everyone needs to realize its our time, the Children of the Flower’s time.

  4. Jack Shepard   June 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Jack Shepard U.S. Senate candidate for the independence party in Minnesota Aug. 12 Primary Election. We have to all work together and get as much publicity for the legalization of Marijuana in Minnesota as possible to pressure these politicians,
    I am running for the U.S. Senate IP , on only one issue in the August 12, 2014 Minnesota Primary Election..A Vote for Jack Shepard* is a Vote for Minnesota to legalizes,* tax,* & regulate* Marijuana.* visit

  5. Brian Kelly B Bizzle   June 7, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Fear of Medical Marijuana Legalization is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever.

    So please, all prohibitionists, we beg you, give your scare tactics, “Conspiracy Theories” and “Doomsday Scenarios” over the inevitable Legalization of Medical Marijuana a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

    Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny, crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it is obviously defective.

    The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol and definitely so much less dangerous than handfuls of deadly, toxic, made-,made, highly addictive, narcotic pain pills and other pharmaceuticals .

    If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about “saving us all” from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

    Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

    Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and or practice a little live and let live. They’ll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being hell bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.


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