There are many different myths about legalizing medical marijuana that are very common. These are used by MM opponents every chance they get to try. They are incredibly anxious to stop the progress that is being made in many states to provide medical treatment and compassion to patients who need it.
Some of the most common myths and the real facts about medical marijuana and legalization efforts include:
Myth: Legalizing Medical Marijuana is Just an Excuse for Recreational Use
Facts: The truth is that legalizing medical marijuana for patients who have qualifying medical conditions has nothing to do with recreational use and everything to do with medical treatment. No one would accuse a cancer patient of taking narcotics just to get high but when the drug in question is marijuana then opponents see it differently because they are opposed to the drug being used.
Click here to read more about Nevada’s qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use.
Myth: When Marijuana is Legal more Children and Teens will Use It
Facts: This myth is often given to prevent legalizing medical marijuana but studies have shown this is not actually the case. In fact, a study by Columbia University that was recently published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal showed that this is simply not true. In states where medical marijuana laws passed underage use did not increase significantly.
According to the researchers who performed the study the conclusion showed that “The risk of marijuana use in states before passing medical marijuana laws did not differ significantly from the risk after medical marijuana laws were passed.” Numbers and scientific studies do not lie.
Myth: Marijuana is a Gateway Drug
Facts: This is one of the top myths against legalizing medical marijuana and it is false. A RAND Institute study concluded that there are other explanations for marijuana use and the progression to harder drugs. Since cannabis is usually the drug that is one of the easiest to obtain it is no surprise that it is often the first drug tried along with tobacco and alcohol.
Myth: Cannabis has no Medical Value
Facts: One of the biggest opponents to legalizing medical marijuana is the pharmaceutical industry, because these companies cannot make money off a plant that grows naturally. If cannabis really had no medical value then drug companies would not spend millions or more to develop Marinol and other marijuana-based drugs that they can sell for top dollar.
Myth: Pharmaceuticals are a Better Option than the Natural Marijuana Plant
Facts: Some arguments against legalizing medical marijuana propose using cannabis based drugs instead of the natural plant, with the myth being that these drugs are safer or more effective than the natural plant. Marijuana has hundreds of different compounds that can be beneficial, and it can be used in the natural form. Drug companies add fillers and other substances that are not needed.
Myth: Marijuana is More Harmful and Addictive than Other Treatment Options
Facts: This is one of the most common myths used to prevent legalizing medical marijuana. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose, while people die each day from taking too many prescription pain medications. What many may believe is an addiction could simply be daily use to control chronic pain or other medical conditions.
Myth: Medical Marijuana will be Abused so it Should Remain Illegal
Facts: It is true that a small part of the population could abuse this drug after legalizing medical marijuana, but that is true with any drug. Opioid medications like morphine and Oxycontin are abused every day in the USA but no one is calling for them to be banned and no longer provided if they are needed. Medical marijuana is no different, and it has far fewer risks than other treatments available.
It is also a fact that more and more states are decriminalizing medical marijuana, proving that cannabis can help a variety of different patients. What do you think about these myths and facts? Let us know in the comments below.