Medical marijuana treatment is on the rise.
In 2016, nearly 1 million patients in the U.S. were treated for marijuana-related medical conditions.
Medical marijuana is the only prescription drug that is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and allows patients to access a number of medical benefits that can include: reducing seizures, easing pain, and helping to manage symptoms of epilepsy.
However, the drug remains illegal under federal law, and medical marijuana remains illegal in states that have legalized the drug.
In a 2016 survey by the Drug Policy Alliance, only 3 percent of medical marijuana users reported using marijuana for pain relief or relaxation.
In contrast, a whopping 71 percent of patients reported using medical marijuana for other reasons.
The Drug Policy Foundation surveyed more than 1,000 U.K. medical marijuana patients and found that 80 percent of them used medical marijuana in their treatment for cancer, as well as chronic pain and arthritis.
In recent years, medical marijuana treatment has become a popular option for patients suffering from conditions like multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease.
In addition to being legal in the United States, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has also been cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries.
In 2015, the DEA seized more than 30,000 marijuana plants in the city of Los Angeles.
In 2016, the National Institute on Drug Abuse released the results of a survey of 1,500 U.C. Berkeley students.
The survey found that only 3.3 percent of students reported using cannabis for medical purposes.
This means that roughly 40,000 Americans have tried cannabis for pain or other conditions.
In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a report that revealed that more than 40 percent of U.N. children have used cannabis.
In 2018, the FDA issued a warning that marijuana is a “drug of abuse” and could cause a host of health issues, including anxiety and psychosis.
In 2018, medical cannabis is legal in several U. States including Oregon, California, and Colorado.
However in the fall of 2019, the Colorado State Legislature approved a bill that would make the state a fully-legal medical marijuana state.
In 2019, more than 10,000 people across the country died from marijuana-associated conditions.
In Texas, marijuana is currently illegal and a state senator is proposing legislation to legalize it.
In 2021, marijuana legalization became a major issue in the presidential election, with President Donald Trump vowing to “decimate” the drug if elected.
In the early 2020s, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a statement condemning the federal government for the “continued efforts to demonize medical marijuana.”
The AMA also stated that “the current lack of enforcement of federal law in the states and territories [has] created a lack of confidence in the integrity of our medical marijuana program.”
In 2018 and 2019, Colorado passed a medical marijuana bill that passed both houses of the legislature, but the measure failed to pass the Senate.
In 2020, marijuana reformers called for a statewide referendum on the legalization of marijuana and the proposed ballot initiative, Amendment 64, was defeated.
In 2020, the federal Department of Justice announced that it would take action against marijuana companies that operate in the state of California.
On November 2, 2020, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Justice Department would no longer prosecute marijuana companies based on federal law.
In 2024, the U-K.
government banned all sales of marijuana to people under 18 years old.
In early 2021, the Justice Ministry announced that a “weed party” would be held at the Chinese consulate in New York City to celebrate the first anniversary of President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United Kingdom.
The party was held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which thousands of protestors were detained and tortured by Chinese security forces.
In a statement, the Chinese Embassy said the event was to commemorate the 100th anniversary.
In 2022, China enacted a nationwide law that would legalize the cultivation, sale, and distribution of marijuana, with the exception of cultivation for research and development.