Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

In 1946 California legalized marijuana to be used for medical reasons.  Since then 25 more states legalized medical marijuana dispensaries as well as the District of Columbia.  In recent years Washington, Colorado, and Oregon went further by legalizing recreational marijuana use with Alaska soon to follow.

The regulations vary from state to state regarding what medicinal purposes marijuana can be used for and how much a person can be in possession of and transport.

For example: in Alaska if you are 21 years of age and older you can transport 1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature) but in Massachusetts you may have a 60-day supply for personal medical use (10 oz).

Alaska Approved Conditions: Cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity, and nausea. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Massachusetts Approved Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.


25 Legal Medical Marijuana States & DC

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Delaware
  7. Hawaii
  8. Illinois
  9. Maine
  10. Maryland
  11. Massachusetts
  12. Michigan
  13. Minnesota
  14. Montana
  15. Nevada
  16. New Hampshire
  17. New Jersey
  18. New Mexico
  19. New York
  20. Ohio
  21. Oregon
  22. Pennsylvania
  23. Rhode Island
  24. Vermont
  25. Washington
  26. District of Columbia

If you would like to read the specific Proposition/Bill for each state click on that state.

Pros and Cons of Decriminalizing Marijuana

Regulators go back and forth about the benefits of decriminalizing marijuana.  By doing so it is said that when a market is regulated consumers are protected.  It has been mentioned that freeing police up for other task saves money and puts the street sellers out of business.  It may be years before adequate statistics are available to back up these claims but there has been reported evidence that major criminal markets are now losing money having lost some of its customers.

“There is now promising research into the use of marijuana that could impact tens of thousands of children and adults, including treatment for cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, to name a few. With regard to pain alone, marijuana could greatly reduce the demand for narcotics and simultaneously decrease the number of accidental painkiller overdoses, which are the greatest cause of preventable death in this country… Marijuana is a medicine, that should be studied and treated like any other medicine.”
Sanjay Gupta, MD
Medical Correspondent for CNN
“It’s Time for a Medical Marijuana Revolution,”
Apr. 20, 2016

“There really is no such thing as medical marijuana… The dangers and risks of marijuana use are well-known by the scientific community, even if they are downplayed by corporate interests wishing to get rich off of legalization. Apathy, lost productivity, addictive disease, deterioration in intellectual function, motor vehicle accidents, and psychosis are all among the negative outcomes. All from a product that has no demonstrated benefit. For nearly all conditions for which marijuana has purported benefits, we already have existing medications – safe medications – demonstrated to have value.”

Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA
Former President of the ASAM Board of Directors
Testimony to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
July 13, 2016

Legalizing marijuana  has created jobs and a new income stream for entrepreneurs which means new taxes revenue to the government. Yes I know you didn’t ask me but here’s my opinion. Government did the numbers and figured out how much money it could make legalizing marijuana just like it did when they created the lotto thinking it would put number runners out of business.  Good luck with that right now people play the neighborhood numbers and play the lotto.

Perhaps to some this is a win/win situation but lets look at some of the cons.  Use of marijuana has been illegal for years therefore there hasn’t been that many studies digging deep regarding the health hazards and benefits of use.

Marijuana is made up of over 400 ingredients. One is a  hallucinogen called tetrahydrocannabinol (thc). You could argue that legalizing marijuana gives anyone who wants the ok to indulge while driving a vehicle or operating heavy equipment. This could jeopardize safety of the user and the innocent.  With alcohol there are blood alcohol laws to follow and onsite testing tools.   Could something like this be set up for the use of marijuana?

Having worked with alcohol and substance clients for over 20 years my clients who smoked marijuana daily in the same breathe that he/she claimed marijuana calmed them also reported how use interfered with productivity, on the job and/or school.  My alcohol dependent clients always had more difficulty admitting to like issues. Their focus was the fact that alcohol was legal and the people in their lives were the problem.   Is this the attitude we can expect from marijuana users who live in states that have legalized marijuana?   This is something to think about because the numbers of states that are legalizing marijuana for recreational use is increasing.

As A Community Member  Be Heard

Residents of communities in states that have legalized marijuana could write and/or call their local and state representatives.  Inquire about how will the tax revenue from medical marijuana dispensaries be used.  Request that the money be applied at least in part to prevention programs for children or somewhere else that you are passionate about.

Ask your representatives will the legalization of marijuana for recreational use mean that drug screenings for jobs now omit that drug?  Personally, I’m thinking that anyone who has the power to make decisions on behalf of my state, family etc. I don’t want to be under the influence on the job? ex. doctor, lawyer, indian chief. (lol I couldn’t help myself)

Notice I said under the influence on the job.   There is no issue for me about people using marijuana if its legal I just want our representatives to think it all out and regulate accordingly.

Do you have any concerns about the legalization of marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes if so comment below?

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30 thoughts on “Medical Marijuana

  • April 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    A very helpful post, Lydia. Thank you for sharing. My friends and I love weed and love travelling so I believe your post will prove to be the most beneficial for us. It would have been great if your post included the legality of e-cigarettes as well.
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    • April 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Maria I probably will write about e-cigarettes they are very popular.

  • January 30, 2017 at 10:25 am

    An amazing post, Lydia! I loved how you presented the issue in a neutral form backed up by research. I believe that marijuana should be legalized for medical usage but the additional enhancement should not be done. It should be taken in an unmodified way and politicians need to handle it all precisely and with a broader view indeed.
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  • November 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    It’s awesome to pay a quick visit this web site and reading the views
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  • October 2, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Hi Lydia

    Good questions… and yes we need to think about the answers carefully!

    I believe marijuana should be legalized together with all drugs. Turning drug addicts into criminals does not help anything and drugs are being bought and used every day.

    We have drugs being cut with Fentanyl and it is lethal. That is so not right! Some person who just thinks they’re gong to get high and they end up dead.

    Like it or not and I don’t but the truth is prohibition n has never worked for anything. At least if it is legalized you can tax it and perhaps do something to help people with their addictions. Pretending it will somehow go away on its own is just plain DUMB!

    I don’t think governments do a great job of much but they do a better job than street gangs and the mafia.

    It is time people began to figure out how to treat addiction, instead of pretending it was somehow going to disappear.

    I want to say Thank you to you for doing what you do!

    To great success

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    • October 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Mary, as if the addiction program is not bad enough the Fentanyl is just horrible.
      The dealers know it is lethal but it brings the money and not unlike some of our legal pharmaceutical companies it is the money that counts.
      Humanity at its lowest!

  • October 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    We (you & I) agree that we don’t wanna do commerce with people under the influence of medical marijuana, or alcohol.

    Commonsense alone, should mean that legalization of marijuana (or any mind altering substance) must include usage rules & restrictions. I’d rather not share the road with a drunk nor a stoner.

    There’s no question that marijuana use can help people who’re faced with days of pain. So why the argument against legalizing it for medical purposes? Follow the money…

    Good information, reasonably presented.
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    • October 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Hey Edward, thank you for your comment. At this point, I don’t think we can rely on the common sense of our political leaders. When it comes to the “not in my backyard” attitude it always takes so long to get these matters handled appropriately if at all. Behind it all is the money factor totally agree with you.

  • September 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I was just looking at your Medical Marijuana. Here’s to your success!

    • September 18, 2016 at 4:49 am

      Hello again Andy its a pleasure to have you visit. Glad you enjoyed the post. I had visions of my college days while writing it lol.

  • September 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Lydia,

    On one hand I’m in favor of the legalization so it can be regulated and not have toxic additives added to it like designer drugs. However, on the other hand, although not the popular opinion, I do believe it is addictive. I lived with a man who had to smoke it all the time. Noticed “lived.” It makes people non productive indeed.

    There are many great things that one can use it for but can it be abused just like alcohol? Sure it can!

    Many thanks for providing this information for us.

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    • September 18, 2016 at 4:52 am

      I’m in that same place, Donna. I advocate alternative treatment for people and at the same time, I am not for legalization of marijuana other than by prescription. I know too many of my clients that can’t get a darn thing done due to smoking reefer and they have kicked other habits. The hopes would be that they would then work on doing more with their lives but no couch potatoes smoking weed and playing games.

  • August 30, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Hello my name is Teresa and I came to your Medical Marijuana – Addiction Treatment News page and noticed how helpful this post is. Thanks

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  • August 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Lydia,
    Interesting post, thank you for sharing your perspective of it too!

    • September 1, 2016 at 12:46 am

      Glad you found this post interesting Emi and for commenting.

  • August 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Great stuff there Lydia,Thank you for providing this. But i’ll love to know, is it advisable to take in marijuana at all?
    If Yes, tell me WHY, if NO, tell me WHY.

    While i await your response,


    • August 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Jimoh,
      I get this question from clients all the time. Living in a state that has made it legal for medical purposes only I suggest to them that he/she do not indulge because it is illegal. We then discuss the impact getting arrested would have on self and family. We also discuss if it would be wise to put something into the body that is tampered with by people who are not medical professionals. It is also wise to consider that marijuana has over 400+ ingredients that medical science has not determined the benefits nor negative consequences when introduced to the brain and body. If anyone is thinking of using marijuana that has not been treated to remove the harmful elements and it is not prescribed by a doctor the answer will always be a firm no coming from me as a clinician.

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  • August 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for this post I found it very informative


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