The health department in Pennsylvania made a great step forward in helping patients who qualify for medical marijuana use. Through the new platform launched, patients will always be in contact with doctors, dispensaries, and growers which can offer then the treatment they need. Medical cannabis might be the treatment of the future, but unveiling all its benefits is difficult, given the huge social stigma revolving around it.
Pennsylvania joins the medical marijuana states
At the moment, there are 100 doctors registered in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, and they can already issue prescriptions for the drug. Their numbers will increase, as 200 others are currently training to get a license. This way, by the end of next year, patients should be able to get their prescriptions anywhere in Pennsylvania.
As the medical use of marijuana became legal in more and more states, researchers revealed a few benefits the plant might have. However, there’s more to it than that, and a more thorough study of the drug would reveal many other unknown advantages. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to start a study on this kind of substance.
It’s difficult to get approval for a federal study on medical cannabis
More states are proposing marijuana laws for approval, but the substance remains illegal on a federal level. This means that any clinical trial on the drug would have a hard time getting an approval from the FDA. What cannabis actually needs is a research funded by the federal government, so that it might escape its current classification as a Schedule 1 substance.
In the Schedule 1 category, the federal government includes those chemicals which are extremely likely to make users abuse them, while returning few to none medicinal benefits. Marijuana supporters oppose these claims, saying the drug is not addictive, and definitely doesn’t lead to the use of heroin or other opiates.
On the contrary, cannabis can work as an effective replacement to opioid drugs, which are a lot more likely to cause heroin abuse. Therefore, these people militate for the approval of a more thorough research on medical marijuana, which can reveal the real potential of the drug.
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