Yay Or Nay? Another State In America Legalizes Medical Marijuana
Mississippi has legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Should this call for a celebration or will it ignite another series of debates from various sectors in society? Will more states follow suit?
Katharine TateFeb 08, 20227873 Shares187456 Views
Known also in the U.S. as the Magnolia State for its gorgeous magnolia trees, Mississippi is now known for another “m” – medical marijuana.
The birthplace of Oprah Winfrey and the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley recently grabbed headlines as it legalized marijuana use for medical purposes.
A week after Senate Bill 2095, aka the medical marijuana bill, was passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives, Mississippi Governor Jonathon Tate Reeves signed it on February 2.
Republican Kevin Blackwell, a Mississippi state senator, authored the bill that made this southern state the 37th one in America to legalize medical marijuana.
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A person places one’s right hand among cannabis leaves
There’s a plant called cannabis that grows in many different parts of the world (e.g., Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia), which explains why it has varied names.
“Cannabis” is its botanical name – the term used largely in Europe and Latin America – but in the U.S., Americans prefer the term “marijuana,” according to Al Jazeera America.
The cannabis plant appears to have 2-3 species only.
Two of these species are:
(a) Cannabis indica (short and with dark and skinny green leaves)
(b) Cannabis sativa (tall; light and broad green leaves)
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse defines “marijuana” as “the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant.”
Below are some of the slang or street names for marijuana in the English language:
(a) Aunt Mary
(f) Mary Jane
People use marijuana for two general reasons: recreationaland medical (hence the term “medical marijuana”).
In a 2016 report, the World Health Organization described cannabis as “the most widely cultivated, trafficked and abused illicit drug.”
Just like cocaine, marijuana is an example of a psychoactive drug. Meaning, using it considerably affects the nervous system. There will be changes in the user’s behavior, mood, and way of thinking, among other things, according to Wikipedia.
A 2013 study published by the journal Missouri Medicine said that the phrase “medical marijuana” denotes that marijuana is a doctor prescribed medication.
Those in favor of medical marijuana: 31%. Majority of the respondents (60%) wanted it legal for both medical and recreational purposes.
According to the U.S. National Conference of State Legislatures, 18 states (as of November 29, 2021) legalized the nonmedical use of marijuana.
In his 2013 TEDxBoulder appearance, Josh Stanley narrated how seven prescription medicines failed to manage the seizure of a 5-year-old girl diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy.
The girl, Charlotte Figi from Colorado, experienced “20-25 minutes” of seizure daily or “400 [seizures] a week,” said Stanley. After she received medical marijuana, the seizure went “down 0-1 per week.”
It’s not an isolated case, Stanly clarified to his audience.
(Update: Figi died in 2020 at the age of 13 “due to complications from COVID-19,” reported The Colorado Sun.)
Person weighing a lump of dried marijuana on a kitchen scale
Affordability is a major concern when it comes to medicines and treatment procedures.
No matter how effective a drug is, if one can’t afford it, then that will be an issue.
Just like in the case of one former chef from Minnesota, which legalized medical marijuana in 2014.
Patrick McClellan turned to medical marijuana for his muscular dystrophy, reported NBC News in 2021.
McClellan told NBC News that the state would offer it for roughly $500. So, he just decided to buy it from the black market for approximately $125 to $150.
The price of marijuana varies in every state and in every city.
In Louisiana, for example, one-eighth of an ounce costs $35, $60, and $80 in three different cities there, according to a January 2022 report by Daily Advertiser.
Delta MedMar, a Louisiana-based medical marijuana dispensary, sells somewhere “between $440 and $480 an ounce.”
As for the average cost of medical marijuana registry/I.D. card – a requirement to get one – it’s from $50 to $150. It can also get as low as $1 (in Washington) and $15 (in Utah) and as high as $200 (in Oregon) and $350 (in Arizona).