The medical marijuana market is valued at billions of dollars in the United States. As more people turn to plant-based medicine to alleviate pain, quell anxiety and stress, and ease side effects associated with intense cancer therapies, it worth knowing a few key things that can impact production and delivery for both the business and consumer.
- Know Your Lawmakers.
Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia allow use of marijuana for medical purposes. In other states, the law is pending, or they have very restrictive laws in place that allow for limited medical use only under certain conditions.
Being aware of what’s on the books in your state is one thing, but it’s also crucial that you get a feel for what’s going on in your district. Congressional representatives, delegates, mayors, and the general constituency drive attitudes about what’s acceptable in your area, on top of pitching in on the final decision.
Therefore, it’s essential that businesses and patients – potential and otherwise – get active in their communities. Share research and statistics, attend meetings, and make sure that everyone, especially policymakers, in your area are aware of the facts. Having been illegal and largely considered recreational, some communities still do not see marijuana for what it is – natural medicine. Do your part in shifting the conversation from a moral one to a factual one.
With so much money pouring in from investors, it’s a sure bet that the landscape is rapidly evolving. Places like EVIO Labs Florida not only do their best to make sure that the product is in compliance with state law, but that it’s safe for patients to use.
Innovation is also taking place in the pharmaceutical arena, where cannabinoids are being extracted not for traditional use (such as edibles or vaping) but for use in drugs that treat conditions like epilepsy.
And finally, there’s the marijuana breathalyzer. Law enforcement is looking to get ahead of marijuana’s new legalization by getting their hands on a device that can tell them whether or not a detainee is under the influence of marijuana. The tricky part is that state limits and standards need to be put in place in order for legal users of the plant to be charged with anything.
So again, things are changing, and can be anticipated to change quickly as legislators get their ducks in a row.
- The Law Isn’t Everything.
No matter the reason you use it, any employer can still terminate employment or punish you if you test positive for marijuana. Even medicinal users have lost their jobs despite being legally allowed to use marijuana in their state.
Furthermore, the medicinal marijuana market is always damaged by those who want to break the law. Evading taxes by creating a black market for medicinal strains only further damages the reputation of all involved.
Everything is made even more complicated by the fact that the federal government sees no difference between marijuana and heroin. Staying politically informed, keeping an eye on innovation, and being aware that any user or business can still suffer consequences is key.