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The Support of Medical Cannabis

November 8th, 2021

Since Ohio legalized medical marijuana in 2016, proponents, patients, and clinics alike struggle with a bombardment of questions and doubts about the program. However, through the last 5 years, we fail to see any negative trend throughout any apolitical, 

relevant group. Through the three major lenses of medical perception, professional tolerance, and social acceptance, medical cannabis had been moving in the direction of trust. 

Though symptom management with medical cannabis certainly started off on a ground of distrust, both polls and studies indicate this is swiftly moving towards acceptance. Though not specific to Ohio, more than 70% of people in the medical community are of the belief medical marijuana has strong, proven medical uses. Though this is specific to medical marijuana, the support at recreational legalization and acceptance remains around 65-70%. Beyond the opinion level, managing symptoms through medical marijuana is defended by an aggregate of studies. The conclusion was staggering; 49.9% of analyzed studies conclusively called for the legalization and promotion of medical marijana. Furthermore, an additional ¬30% remained inconclusive with a strong lean towards benefit, meaning around 80% of all surveyed studies remained in support of legalization, though often calling for a limited approach, which Ohio pursued. It is no question whether the vast majority of the medical community stands in support of medical cannabis.

From the view of the professional workspace, things remain more muddled due to a simple fact about medical cannabis; it is incredibly politicized. It’s inherent political divide, a 1:5 ratio party-wise, makes legally using cannabis suspect in the eyes of many employers, regardless of work obligation. Clearly, an individual shouldn’t operate heavy machinery while medicated, but there remains no legal protection for employees in low liability workplaces. Though this is not legalized in Ohio yet, multiple major cities and states, like Colorado and New York City, have voted in measures to protect the average employee. Most of these protections extend to workers deemed low risk in terms of imminent danger, and the results were exactly what was expected; nothing of merit for the opposition. In these areas with protections, there was no significant increase in cannabis related injuries or death nor was there any meritable increase in secondary injuries (car accidents, misuse of equipment, etc). Thus, applying this to Ohio, with similar restrictions is by all means a low risk option, strengthening the rights of employees with safety in mind.

The general public persona of symptom management with cannabis is, as previously stated, heavily political. Considering America’s two party system remains similarly proportioned, politics has become more polarized than ever before. For the medical system, over 91% of Americans remain in clear support. For recreational cannabis, the divide becomes a 1:5 ratio. As politics becomes more polarized, our party lines separate us further, but Americans have consistently reached the conclusion to support medical cannabis, with a 2-3% growth of support annually over the last 10 years. Ignoring the likelihoods at this point remains difficult; medical cannabis will continue to grow in both validity and support. 

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