Medical Marijuana Requests Skyrocketing

April 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Medical marijuana dispensaries are reporting a sharp rise in customers lately, looking to ease their aches and pains with a few puffs from prescription cannabis. Since President Obama took office, he has eased fears of Drug Enforcement Administration raids, which prevailed under the Bush administration. Additionally, an increasing number of people are without health insurance, compelling them to seek cheaper alternatives to prescription opiates.

Obama made clear during his campaign, he supported the use of medically prescribed marijuana to relieve pain. Recently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said new DEA policy mandates raids, only when the dispensaries break both state and federal laws. Holder says agents will go after large-scale illegal growers who are not in compliance with local laws.

This new relaxed policy of the Obama administration has brought out older patients seeking medical cannabis, without the fear of becoming arrested or arriving at a dispensary in the middle of a federal raid, to their embarrassment.

Of the thirteen states that allow the sale, distribution and use of marijuana for limited medical purpose, many with established dispensaries are reporting up to a 300 percent increase in requests for the medical weed. States like Colorado and Oregon are reporting gang-buster business in its marijuana dispensaries.

Although the demand is growing, many doctors still are reluctant to prescribe marijuana, because they are fearful of losing their federal license to prescribe opiates. Some dispensaries are getting around this problem by having their own doctors on site to conduct hasty exams and write prescriptions.

The current thirteen states allowing medical marijuana are also reporting an increase in licensing requests from dispensary owners and growers.

With many states looking for alternative sources of tax revenue during the economic downturn, patients can expect the speedy expansion of medical marijuana outlets, offering them greater opportunities and convenience.

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3 Responses to “Medical Marijuana Requests Skyrocketing”

  1. Medical Marijuana Requests Skyrocketing on April 16th, 2009 9:35 am

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  2. Jacqui on April 16th, 2009 3:36 pm

    just a correction – Oregon is not a dispensary state.

  3. Medical Cannabis Requests Skyrocketing | West Coast Cannabis on April 18th, 2009 1:23 pm

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