That’s a misnomer, man. In my opinion there aint no such thing.
Now, before you go getting your panties all in a bunch, bear me out here.
Yes, cannabis can most definitely be used medicinally. I’ve no qualms about that. Hell, I do so myself. But it aint “medical” marijuana. The strain I’m currently boiling down and capping isn’t any different from the one a person across town might be smoking out of a bong before settling in to watch a movie.
If their pot aint “medical” then why would mine be?
Cannabis is cannabis. Some folks use it to treat maladies, some to catch a buzz and others even make stuff out of it. It’s all just marijuana*. I suppose a possible exception could be strains that carry a heavy cannabidiol load, thus mitigating the psychoactive effect of tetrahydrocannabinol, but still … you can see my point, can’t you?
Which brings me to:
I was reading an NBC News article the other day about a cat who runs a lab and does what those types of labs do, test cannabis. I wasn’t happy to read about all of the contaminates that were turning up, molds, fungus, butane… Nasty stuff, man. Heck, here in Washington State a lab owner testified before a legislative committee they had found vaginal fluid on a sample. Caveat emptor, eh?
One comment the cat made really caught my attention though. He was talking about the THC content and how little CBD was turning up. The author of the article wrote something like,”The samples carried little to no CBD — the compound that makes medical marijuana “medical.”
Now, I’ve done told you I believe “medical” marijuana to be a misnomer, with a possible exception (“possible,” I’m still rolling that around). Howsomever, does this mean Marinol isn’t a medicine? I mean gosh, it’s prescribed and everything! Aint no CBD in Marinol, man.
As the synthetic pharmaceutical version of THC would imply, tetrahydrocannabinol does have medicinal utility.
So, does this muddy the “medical” waters even further?
Which brings me to:
The United States Congress and the CARERS Act. Your reading this so I’m guessing you’re aware a proposal has been made changing cannabis from a schedule I drug to a schedule II. There are several ramifications.
One being, taking cannabis from a I gives credence to its medicinal utility. According to the DEA schedule II drugs have accepted medical use though a high potential for abuse. They are the most regulated pharmaceuticals.
Hold that thought while I cover a couple of other effects this legislation would have.
The rescheduling opens up research. I’m a big proponent of examining the potential in both phytocannabinoids (from the plant) and synthetics. I’m of the opinion there’s a treasure trove there waiting to be “discovered.” Let the studies begin!
The bill would open up the Veterans’ Administration to allowing its medical professionals to prescribe cannabis. Again (being a vet myself), I’m thinking this would be a very, very good thing.
The CARERS would also allow states to (legally) set their own policies on medicinal marijuana.
Currently there are twelve sponsors of CARERS, six from each side of the aisle. More than half recently got onboard.
It sounds good, doesn’t it!
Currently cannabis is federally illegal. What that means is, other than locking people up for fooling with it, there’s absolutely no regulation. It can’t be prescribed. Only medicines can be, and schedule I drugs aren’t.
Sure, there’s something like 23 states with medicinal cannabis laws, but these are all state/fed wink and a nod agreements.
What will the landscape look like should cannabis become a schedule II “medicine”?
That scares me.
*I normally try to refrain from using the word “marijuana.” I feel it’s a pejorative, in a sense. The subject matter kind of left me no choice however.