Should Medical Marijuana Be Legalized?

1915 Words Dec 21st, 2016 8 Pages
All States Should Have Legalized
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Hot of the press for the State of Hawaii… on July 15, 2015 Governor Ige signed HB 321 which became Act 241 establishing a system for licensing Medical Marijuana dispensaries throughout the state. He is quoted as saying, “I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical marijuana” (1). Hawaii legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2000 through Act 228, fifteen years prior to the signing of Act 241 in 2016. For the past fifteen years patients who received “recommendations” for the usage of marijuana to treat a debilitating illness often had difficulty securing their medication as marijuana remained classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government. The classification limited it’s availability to patients; Act 241 now increases patient access to marijuana based medications. Counties can no longer prohibit and/or discriminate against licensed dispensaries and their production centers. With this law, Hawaii joined twenty seven other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing Medical Marijuana dispensaries across the nation. Based on the findings of ongoing research regarding the benefits of medical marijuana, as well as the fact that is was used for medicinal purposes in ancient times, medical marijuana dispensaries should be legalized in all fifty states.
Medicinal qualities of marijuana
Scientific research and history…
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