Anyone who ever experimented with marijuana or who has been near someone who was smoking it, understands what is meant by the statement that the plant has a “green smell.” It smells like an earthy, green, living plant.
If it weren’t illegal, it could be enjoyable to grow, if for nothing but the earthy scent. But obviously, that type of earthy green isn’t what’s typically meant by the societal term “going green.”
Because it is a natural plant and readily available, many who live by green living principles believe strongly in the use of medical marijuana to treat a variety of physical ailments. These vary but can include glaucoma, MS, and even HIV or AIDS. Medical marijuana is also used with cancer patients to minimize the effects of chemotherapy.
Not everyone agrees, however.
While eco-friendly principles do apply to growing, harvesting and even using marijuana, in the sense that it’s a natural, organic substance, the harmful effects caused by inhaling the vapors and smoke when smoking marijuana are under debate.
Do the medical advantages outweigh the disadvantages of inhaling smoke/vapors?
Should you be using marijuana in some different way (Magic brownies for example)?
In some states, you and your doctor can decide these things.
Currently, fifteen states, as well as Washington D.C. allow medical marijuana prescriptions for certain maladies. One of the biggest problems they have faces to date is how to regulate the usage of marijuana.
One of the leading ideas for the use and regulation of medical marijuana comes from the State of Colorado, which uses what they call a “medical marijuana bond” to oversee and enforce regulations associated with dispensing it.
A medical marijuana bond is basically a three-party legal contract. It is designed to ensure a specified level of performance. The parties involved are the principal, who dispenses the marijuana and guarantees that the appropriate taxes will be paid; the obligee, the state regulatory agency that requires the bond; and the surety, who issues the bond and provides the guarantee.
While a medical marijuana bond can protect against financial and quality issues, it doesn’t answer the questions associated with the health of the individuals using it. The last thing a cancer patient who is suffering through chemo may be concerned with is what side effects are involved with the use of marijuana, because in many cases the soothing he or she experiences as a result of its use often surpasses the concern over other uncertain health effects.
JW Weathers is a prolific writer who enjoys hanging out with his friends in his spare time. You can often find him hunkered over his laptop but otherwise he enjoys frisbee golf and taking his dog for long walks on the beach.
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