Marijuana has been used as an illegal, recreational drug for many years but around the world it is also used as a health aid. Another name for medical marijuana is “Medical Cannabis”. Cannabis is another name for this drug that is derived from the hemp plant.
In the countries of Canada, the United States (depending on individual states), Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland and Israel, cannabis is legal for certain medicinal applications.
Thirteen states within the United States have legalized the use of marijuana. Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington have enacted laws in order to make the plant use legal with certain restrictions and guidelines.
Many of the thirteen states that have voted in legalization require the user to have an ID card and adhere to the regulated maximum limit for possession. Many other states are still in the progress of investigating and instituting legalization.
In Canada, these cannabis is distributed by Health Canada under the brand name of CannaMed to patients who fit into certain categories. These categories include end-of-life patients or those with a debilitating medical condition. It is prescribed in order to help with epileptic seizures, severe pain associated with either HIV/AIDS, arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury or disease.
In Spain, marijuana has undergone a progression toward decriminalization since the late 1990’s. It is used for patients with HIV/AIDS, cancer, asthma, seizures and multiple sclerosis in order to alleviate pain, nausea and overall suffering. Spain has established cannabis user associations and clubs.
Germany and Austria have worked toward legalization since 1998. Its chemical ingredient, THC, has been reclassified in drug restrictions and continues to be studied scientifically.