[Free Markets work wherever they’re given an opportunity. Here, guest writer Sara Ochs looks briefly at the medicinal vs the recreational markets for marijuana – a little different than our usual fare. BTW, many years ago, I was surprised to learn that marijuana was the 2nd biggest cash crop in Florida, where it was grown between the rows of corn to lend a little privacy from above. – Bob]
By Sara Ochs
Since 1996, California has been the top supplier of medicinal marijuana in the United States of America. However, legalizing recreational marijuana for anyone 21 and older creates an upcoming problem for the Medical Cannabis industry. The moment sales for recreational-marijuana begins, the need to head to the doctor to fill that prescription will no longer be a go-to for those that have used it for the last 20 years. It also cuts out the physician referrals time and costs that are needed. There is a possibility that the now growing recreational-pot industry will swallow up the medical dispensaries and medical-cannabis industry.
Not to say that those who haven’t reached the “rightful” age of use won’t need to use medical dispensaries but it’s looking pretty grim for the medical marijuana industry in the near future. Our current President has made it clear in Nevada that he supports medical marijuana but has also made it clear that, “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state,” Trump said to The Washington Post. As you can see on this interactive map, the change is shifting and more and more are getting on board with recreational use along with medical. Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts and California have approved recreational just within this last year. Other states will be following them in the near future guaranteed, it’s just a matter of when.
Having a father with Parkinson’s, we have thought of cannabis for tremors and sleeping. Living in California we can skip over the medical headache and instead go straight to the source. I’m sure many others have similar situations and can benefit from the current laws going into effect in different states. Who knows what the future will hold, but with rising enthusiasm, free spirits and millennials we are on the road to “higher” way of life whether we like it or not.