This month, we find out the fate of our cannabis industry. Our medical marijuana establishments are counting on a passing vote in order to launch their businesses to the next level.
This month, we find out the fate of our cannabis industry. Our medical marijuana establishments are counting on a passing vote in order to launch their businesses to the next level. And, although there is a portion of the medical marijuana patient population that is against legalizing cannabis for adult-use, we have a growing number of medical cannabis users that are counting on a recreational cannabis industry.
Our veterans are currently in a catch-22. While many are more than willing to utilize medical cannabis instead of the many prescription pharmaceuticals, they are faced with the decision to choose a safer alternative but quite possibly at a cost of losing their VA benefits since federally, cannabis is still illegal. For this reason, most veterans are unable to consider becoming registered medical marijuana patients. Enlisting in the Armed Forces to serve our country should at the very least afford one the option to use a safe medicinal alternative once they return from battle.
We also cannot forget about the large number of consumers that are using medical cannabis for reasons unrecognized on the list of qualifying conditions. Both stress and sleeplessness are medical conditions, yet neither are recognized as qualifying conditions. In addition, mental illness and other medical conditions such as ADHD, depression and anxiety also go unrecognized on our qualifying conditions list. As adults, shouldn’t we be able to choose whether or not to use this plant as medicine? And, if we choose to do so, is it really necessary to register with the DMV or give up our gun rights?
In conclusion, our Nevada Medical Marijuana Program is highly regulated. We need regulations and guidelines. Patients deserve safe, lab-tested medicine. What patients do not deserve is potentially facing jail time, losing their rights to bear arms, or facing other consequences stemming from federal illegalities. All adults should have the ability to take charge of their health and not be scrutinized for choosing a safe, medicinally-beneficial plant over dangerous pharmaceuticals.