Medical Marijuana; When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their register patients in just a few years; so according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill or not; hence got medical cards in their states because it was the only way; so to buy marijuana legally and then discard them when broader legalization arrived.
It’s ridiculous. The prices are astronomical, said Beverett, who move to Sacramento from Texas because medical marijuana is illegal there. Going to the dispensary is just out of the question if you’re on any kind of fix income. It’s a paradox playing out nationwide as more states take the leap from care center medical programs to recreational models align with a multibillion dollar global industry.
Medical program shrank
In Oregon, where the medical program shrank the most following recreational legalization; so nearly two-thirds of patients gave up their medical cards, the AP find. As patients exited, the market followed: The number of medicalonly retail shops fell from 400 to two; also hundreds of growers who contract with individual patients to grow specific strains walk away.
Still, the popularity of medical pot is rising as more states legalize it. There are 33 such states, including the politically conservative recent additions of Oklahoma and Utah. Oklahoma has among the more liberal guidelines for use and has approve more than 100,000 patient licenses since voters back legalization last June.
In Oregon, regulators are struggling to find a path that preserves the state’s trailblazing low-cost medical pot program while tamping down on a still-thriving black market. A special state commission form to oversee the market transition put out a report earlier this year that found affordability and lack of access are major hurdles for Oregon’s patients.
General legalization has “indelibly change the medical market,” and regulators want to identify the patients most affect by the transition, said Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees Oregon’s recreational marijuana program.
Concentrated marijuana oil
The highly concentrate marijuana oil he took before and want to take again was selling for $60 a gram, his daily dose. A two-month supply would cost thousands at a retail pot shop; so Blazina connect with what he calls a “compassionate grower” who sold him the same amount at cost for $750; a transaction that fell in a legal gray area.
After surgery and chemo, his cancer is in remission; but he still swallows a tiny drop of the oil on a piece of tortilla twice a day. They’s learn how to make it himself: He and his neighbor combine their eight legal plants; so pulverize a pound (0.45 kilograms) of marijuana flower, steep it in grain alcohol; so strain it and then simmer the resulting mix of alcohol and plant juice in a rice cooker until only dark black oil is left.
They think the regulations should go toward more access and how do we get more access, realistically; so for the people who need it medically; so they said, before taking his afternoon dose. It prohibits people who don’t have the ability to grow from getting the medicine; hence they need because it drives the price up and I don’t see that as being helpful at all.