Nearly 50 states in the US have passed various legislation regarding medical marijuana. The main reason why these laws are being passed or discussed across the US stems from several scientific studies extolling the medical benefits of marijuana in the treating various diseases and conditions. A report published by Yahoo News, indicates that voters in Maine are among the latest to legalize the use of medical marijuana in the just concluded US general elections. The state follows in the footsteps of Washington, Colorado and Alaska, where the recreational use of marijuana has already been legalized. To back this nationwide trend, research conducted by Gallup in October revealed that a staggering 60% of Americans approve the use of marijuana and support its legalization.
Under the just passed vote in Maine, it is only adults age 21 and above who will be allowed to use the Marijuana for recreational purposes. In spite of the endorsement, it is important to note that the use of Marijuana in open public spaces is still considered illegal in the state. Employers also reserve the right to allow or deny their employees from using the drug in the workplace. Medical marijuana was first certified as a legal substance in Maine back in 1999. According to a 2015 report published by Extract Suntimes, some of the surprising health benefits of marijuana include; ability to kill cancer cells; treat glaucoma; prevent Alzheimer’s disease, reduce epileptic seizures and relive arthritis. The effectiveness of marijuana in relieving arthritis stems from the presence of two cannabinoids, CBD and THC.
CBD has been shown to play a significant role in modulating the body’s immune system, which is a crucial process in fighting autoimmune diseases such as arthritis. The THC, on the other hand, acts as an effective pain killer. In preventing Alzheimer disease, the THC compound in marijuana has been shown to slow the production of plaques in the brain. The plaques or amyloid proteins are known to aid the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Although the number of states that have so far legalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes continues to increase every election cycle, the US federal government is yet to declassify marijuana from its controlled, Schedule I group of substances.