Ok, so maybe weed is not completely legal anywhere except Colorado and Washington yet, but more and more states across the country are decriminalizing marijuana and making it legal fro medicinal use, following the trend of the earlier states. In some cases it is working wonders, in other states, not so much.
A perfect example would be Maryland. Marijuana has been decriminalized in Washington D.C., with offenders getting a small fine (around $25) for a first offense, with no jail time and more importantly, no criminal record. On top of this new law, beginning June 1st 2014, state residents will be able purchase medical grade marijuana from licensed dispensaries with a recommendation from a physician.
Ok, so this all sounds fine and dandy, so where’s the problem? Well, Maryland watched D.C. as it went through the early stages of decriminalization/medical legalization. What happened? Not much. In a bad way. Dispensaries are failing miserably in their efforts to provide medical marijuana to those who need it in the District of Columbia. Why? The law. In D.C., one is only eligible for medical marijuana if they have one of four illnesses, be it HIV/AIDs, cancer, glaucoma, or multiple sclerosis. Well D.C., there’s a fair amount of people in your town who don’t have these diseases, and you’re screwing them over; along with the businesses trying to help them.
Medical dispensaries have reported only receiving a minuscule 35 patients in the first 4-5 months, due to these restrictive laws. That’s a lot of people NOT getting help, and it isn’t helping the positive progress. People may see this failure as a sign that maybe medical marijuana doesn’t work everywhere. I completely disagree. It’s the laws enacted by greedy arrogant politicians in order to stunt the growth of our movement. When others see that medical marijuana is failing in the capitol of the country, why would they think it would work anywhere else? That’s the problem.
We as a stoner people can only hope that Maryland takes D.C.’s failure and builds upon it, making the east coast finally make a name for itself in the realm of medical marijuana. But hey! Look at the bright side, after June 1st, 21 states will have marijuana legal for medicinal use, decriminalized, or completely legalized. That’s almost half! Just try and be that glass almost half full kind of guy and it will all be ok.
For more info on where bud’s legal and how much is legal, check out—->http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881#DC