Is the legalization of medical marijuana changing the healthcare dynamics of North America?

Date: 2018-09-03   Author: Shikha Sinha  Category: #news

Is the legalization of medical marijuana changing the healthcare dynamics of North America?

Empowered by the recent developments in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, it would seem that the North America medical marijuana industry is on the cusp of a monumental shift in its drug policy & the criminal justice system. In fact, the war on drugs appears to be under greater outbreak than ever before, and it is proving to be especially true for marijuana embargo. Studies claim that marijuana has proved to be an effective drug in relieving the symptoms of cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, & multiple sclerosis while is already in used in treating migraines, melancholia, sleeping disorders, and epileptic seizures. This in turn has triggered the legalization of marijuana for medical as well as recreational purposes, in turn giving rise to rigorous modifications & relaxations in laws to increase the access to the drug.

Canada to push the official launch of recreational pot sales

Recently on June 19, the Canada Government passed the Cannabis Act (under bill C-45), which paved a path to become the first industrialized country in North America to have legalized adult marijuana. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set October 17, 2018 as an official legalization date, post which recreational marijuana will be legal and will be available for sale in licensed dispensaries.

64% of Americas to support legalization of marijuana

In the United States, around half the country allows the usage of medical marijuana, with four states providing the legal market for recreational marijuana, with  six other states in line to follow. In the country, medical marijuana is legalized in 30 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, reports the NCSL Podcast. The support for marijuana soared to new heights in 2017, as the Gallup poll showed more than 64% of Americans favoring the legalization.

Bruce Rauner, the Governor of Illinois has recently signed a medical marijuana expansion bill that will allow the drug to be used as an alternative to painkillers. Reports cite that the new law is in response to the epidemic of overdose of demises from narcotics that killed more than 2,000 people in the state in 2016 and an approximate 72,000 people across the nation last year.

Mexico to be one of the fastest growing markets in North America

The Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico has recently approved the reform to legalize marijuana for medical purposes and has also announced that individuals should have the right to distribute and grow marijuana for personal & recreational use. Estimates claim that Mexican sales of legal marijuana is likely to exhibit remarkable growth rate in the coming years.

Is medical marijuana approved by the FDA?

The cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main chemicals used in the drug. The federal government does not oversee marijuana’s medical potential just like it does prescription drugs. Moreover, there have been no large-scale clinical trials proving marijuana’s medicinal value. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration cogitates marijuana under the Schedule I drugs which includes LSD, heroin, and ecstasy.



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