Black Market Weed Is Growing Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal

Posted April 27, 2017

Post-traumatic stress sufferers may soon qualify for medical pot in Colorado.

While the NDAA claims to support the "ongoing" research of medical marijuana and the increase of "research-grade" marijuana - the federally-grown marijuana that's contaminated with yeast, mold, and lead, according to a PBS report - they also make it clear that cultivating, distributing, selling, using, or possessing marijuana for medical purposes is in direct conflict of federal law. Cannabis use disorder occurs when users' lives are impaired by cravings or withdrawal, for example. Medical marijuana laws vary from state to state, so applying national data could miss serious geographic differences.

"Medical marijuana laws may benefit some with medical problems", the researchers wrote.

According to HB 2107's text, it relates to "authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees".

The researchers analyzed responses to national surveys from almost 120,000 adults from 39 states.

The researchers looked at data from three time periods: 1991 to 1992, when no states allowed marijuana use for medical reasons; 2001 to 2002, when six states had medical marijuana laws; and 2012 to 2013, when 15 states had medical marijuana laws.

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The effect was greater on the later group of states.

Medical marijuana use is now legal in 29 states and Washington D.C.

An unintended byproduct of medical marijuana laws could be a sharper increase in illicit pot use, a new US study reports.

The study was funded by the NIH, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Survey participants self-reported marijuana use, and researchers noted participants may have been more willing to report use as marijuana became more publicly acceptable.

The study was different from others in that it surveyed only adults and not teens.

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Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000, but its retail dispensary model wasn't in place until 2009.

In states that have passed MMLs, doctors may prescribe the drug to help treat a number of conditions, including pain, chemotherapy-related nausea, seizure disorders, and poor appetite and weight loss due to chronic illness.

There are simply too many questions and variables surrounding the issue of medical marijuana for the state of Texas to consider such a law - at least for right now.

It also includes research published in January that concluded there was no relationship between adolescent use of marijuana and state laws legalizing the drug's use for adults.

The increase in cannabis use disorders could stem from the increasing potency of pot that has occurred under legalization, Hasin said. Other studies have linked marijuana legalization to an increase in poison center calls. These bills would still need to pass both houses and be signed by the governor but they are demonstrative of how the state is ready to move forward with marijuana in Nevada.

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