Today is the day indeed: starting August 1, the state of Minnesota decided to offer free medical marijuana in hospitals and for people in need to buy it in pharmacies.
The Minnesota Legislature started a programme through which medical marijuana began to be used as a proper medicine. The project started developing in 2014 and, so far, there is a list of diseases which can be ameliorated by administrating medical marijuana, among which: sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and intractable pain.
Although the decision of legalizing marijuana as a health-improving drug might seem controversial, researchers and authorities alike have balanced the advantages and disadvantages of such a measure. Eventually, they concluded that the benefits are greater than the risks and that the lives of thousands of people (maybe more) could actually get better. Patients are also highly supportive of this decision since their health and comfort depend on it.
One of the main reasons for introducing medical marijuana in hospitals and pharmacies is the increasing rate of death. Statistics show that patients suffering from these diseases tend to use an alternative cure than actual medicine since they didn’t work efficiently and people were not pleased with the result.
What’s more, spreading medical marijuana brings other sorts of advantages, besides the main aim of improving people’s lives. Hospitals can save important parts of their budget, which normally would have been allotted to other types of painkillers (traditional painkillers, so to speak). This measure also helps to reduce the addiction to actually painkillers, to which, sadly, some patients fall prey.
Nevertheless, patients do acknowledge the fact that free medical marijuana is not a gift from Heaven, and it is definitely not the ultimate cure for their disease. It still counts as a relief for them, because the pains they are going through are hard to imagine. This is why, precisely, doctors and authorities have allowed an alternative cure, such as cannabis.
There are only two centres in the state of Minnesota which have a licence in order to produce and give away medical marijuana. Kyle Kinglsey, chief executor at one of them (Minnesota Medical Solutions), explains her reasons for being involved in such an action:
“The reason why I left a comfortable job … was to help fight the opioid scourge. Medical cannabis is one of the tools that will help fight the crisis.”
Patients suffering from intractable pain have been long waiting for this measure, and now they are facing it: their life quality can actually improve thanks to free medical marijuana. Starting today!
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