After a long waiting process, Maryland finally commenced sales of medical marijuana for its citizens. But this is not as much as an issue as Maryland’s lenient laws on who can qualify for medical marijuana treatment.
Dozens of people stood in lines outside the state’s few medical marijuana dispensaries that are licensed to carry out retail to people who secured prescriptions from their doctors. Some even took to cheering.
Maryland’s medical marijuana laws is considered as some of the most liberal policies on the drug in the nation.
Per the state’s legislation, medical marijuana can be given to people with severe conditions in which other forms of medical treatment had been demonstrated to be ineffective. It can also be available to patients with conditions in which the symptoms are expected to be relieved. These loose criteria covers a roster of debilitating medical conditions involving loss of appetite, chronic pain, severe nausea, muscle spasms, glaucoma, PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, and seizures, among others.
A treatment option
Medical marijuana became legal in the state in 2013 but it is only until now that laws became evident due to the lack of academic medical centers required to put the program in operation. The situation only changed when the law eventually allowed doctors certified by the state to recommend marijuana as a treatment option for patients with severe health conditions.
Meanwhile on the federal level, marijuana is still considered a Schedule I substance, a drug that is considered to have no medical value and has high potential for abuse. Despite this, over half of all US states already rolled out their own medical marijuana laws.