If you said a decade ago that marijuana would be one of the key issues that would decide our next president, I’d probably have chuckled. However, the reality is that marijuana is very much entrenched as a hot-button issue in the 2016 elections.
Believe it: marijuana is a hot-button issue
With the rare exception, marijuana’s momentum has been positive. Since 1996, 23 states have decided to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes, while four states — Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Alaska — along with Washington, D.C., have approved recreational marijuana sales for adults ages 21 and up.
Growing acceptance of marijuana has led to hope for terminally ill persons and patients with chronic diseases. There has been strong clinical evidence, for instance, that cannabinoids from the cannabis plant may be responsible for a marked reduction in seizures associated with certain types of childhood-onset epilepsy. GW Pharmaceuticals‘ Epidiolex, which features tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), reduced seizure frequency by more than 50% in patients with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Needless to say, countless studies are under way examining the possible medical benefits of marijuana.