Medical Marijuana Policy And Its Effect On Health Care Essay

2304 Words Nov 12th, 2014 10 Pages
Washington DC Medical Marijuana Policy and Its Effect on Health Care
Medical marijuana indicates the usage of Cannabis sativa, bhang, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD). Medical marijuana is used as medical treatment to treat illnesses and as a comfort measure during palliation and hospice. From a historical perspective, the plant has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. But, its use in modern times has been controversial. In the United States, several states have ratified the usage of marijuana not only for medicinal reasons but also for recreational use. Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010 allowed patients who have chronic, debilitating conditions to purchase their marijuana from a dispensary on condition that that they, as well as their primary care physician have satisfied some basic requirements. A few patient requirements include: having a medical condition such as HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, or a condition that causes debilitating, life-interfering conditions. Physician requirements includes: completion of a full, thorough assessment of patient, absence of another patient for whom they provide care, who also requires medical marijuana, and the physician must register with the Department of Health as the patient’s primary caregiver. The requirements listed are not exhaustive but provides a sample of the strict requirements patients and physicians must follow in order to not be…

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