One of nature’s best pain killers has had a rough time in the last hundred years or so. Outlawed largely because it is part of the hemp family of plants which competes with petroleum for strength in making rope and textiles, marijuana was pretty much neutralized by the various state governments along with the federal government long ago.
That did not stop the raising and sale of the plant, though, and somewhere along the line, medical doctors rediscovered the powerful medicinal qualities of pot.
Gradually, across the United States, marijuana for medicinal purposes has made a comeback. This week, Mississippi joined thirty-six other states allowing the use of nature’s pain killer.
Under the newly signed law, patients can obtain up to 3 ounces of cannabis per month, or 3.5 grams a day.
Patients must be diagnosed by a licensed healthcare professional with any of the roughly two dozen qualifying conditions in order to receive a prescription for medical marijuana.
The conditions include cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and severe injury.
Cannabis can also be prescribed for “pain state in which the cause of the pain cannot be removed or otherwise treated … and which no relief or cure of the cause of the pain is possible.”
If such a drug could be patented, it probably would be.
Voters in Mississippi actually approved this move in a 2020 election, but the election itself had issues that invalidated the results.
Why the states have to pass laws to allow medical doctors to prescribe specific medications rather than leaving that up to professional societies is a question to be answered at another time.
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