Laws regarding the cultivation and use of Cannabis and any products which contain Cannabis are hairy, to say the least. Under federal prohibition since 1937, Cannabis as a plant has hundreds of uses, the most popular of which are of immense medical value. The cannabinoid with the greatest therapeutic potential is Cannabidiol, which is found overwhelmingly in the species Cannabis Ruderalis, commonly known as industrial hemp, and notable for its inherently miniscule amounts of THC. For corrupt bureaucratic reasons, this prohibition has persisted, and it has evolved to garner the support of the popular opinion, which only recently has begun to swing back toward the side of logic and reason.
The progress of this movement is documented in our long-awaited blog series titled The Legal Affair. The series begins with several posts outlining regulations at the state level, organized by time zone, documenting where we stand currently. These are followed by daily updates on news regarding new legislation and testaments of evolving public opinion.
For context, the medical value of Marijuana is overwhelmingly recognized only in the primary or secondary treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its primary treatment that produces one or more of the following:
Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
Intractable (chronic) pain, which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than 6 months;
Multiple Sclerosis or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS);
Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome;
Posttraumatic stress disorder;
Seizures, including that characteristic of Epilepsy;
Severe and persistent muscle spasms including those caused by multiple sclerosis or damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity;
And severe nausea.