The Food and Drug Administration has approved a form of it, Epidiolex, to treat seizures from two rare forms of epilepsy.It has also approved two man-made medicines based on the ingredients in marijuana.
In 2012, the voters in Colorado and Washington approved recreational use of marijuana.
They licensed, regulated, and taxed its sale and distribution.
One reason is that the strength of the active ingredients in marijuana products isn’t regulated.
Users can get widely different dosages from batch to batch of brownies or lollipops.
For example, in Arizona, users can own up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with written certification from a physician.
It can be legally prescribed to treat symptoms of cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Crohn's disease, and Hepatitis C.In those states, users must have a doctor’s order to buy it.Some also require an identification card to allow users to possess the drug.In the following years, other states followed suit.Many only allowed it as a prescribed drug to treat medical conditions.Marijuana legalization also creates public safety and health concerns. As a result, hospitalization related to the drug’s use has also risen.So have calls to poison control mentioning the drug.The largest growth came from the hotel and restaurant industry.The biggest disadvantage for states is that marijuana is still illegal on the federal level. Companies can’t take advantage of initial public offerings to get more cash to grow.People sick of cancer, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, and the like now can have easy access to pot.Marijuana relieves them of pain and many other symptoms.