There are currently 28 states in the United States that have legalized the use of medical marijuana, including Pennsylvania where it became legal in 2016.
There are many reasons why more than half the states in the country have moved in this direction since 1996, with more states heading in the same direction.
There are at least two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers think have medicinal applications, and those are cannabidiol (CBD) — which seems to impact the brain without a “high” — and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — which has pain relieving (amongst other) properties.
The use of these medical marijuana products help with at the very least the following conditions: glaucoma, epilepsy, a severe seizure disorder known as Dravet’s Syndrome, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, many types of pain, pain related to multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, side effects from Hepatitis C treatments, irritable bowel diseases, arthritic discomfort, lupus, Crohn’s disease, tremors from Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, stimulates the appetite and many, many more issues, diseases and disorders. Medical marijuana helps adults and children alike.
There is, of course, some controversy around the legalization of medical marijuana. Many people think of it as a “gateway” into the use of recreational marijuana. However, Forletta is of the viewpoint that the benefits of medical marijuana use far outweigh any possible negative outcomes. Especially when comparing the effects of medical marijuana to other “hardcore” prescription drugs, it seems that medical marijuana wins every time. The side effects that come from the use of marijuana are few, and seem minor compared to those of many prescription drugs.
However, with the legalization of medical marijuana come many security and regulation issues as relating to dispensaries and growth facilities, and how things are regulated by the state and federal government. There are currently discussions taking place about passing a law so that medical marijuana businesses will put U.S. currency into federal reserves. As you can imagine there is a lot involved with this sort of regulation-creation, and a lot of questions to be asked and red-tape to work with.
These dispensaries and facilities have to be approved by the state and have to meet certain guidelines. Once you obtain your license for a facility, there is an audit trail to maintain the business. Under the department of health in Pennsylvania, there will be a state agency to regulate it.
Forletta currently consults on the advisory board of a Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensary, and in doing so, we have gained a great deal of knowledge, experience and expertise in the area.
Ways that Forletta can be of service regarding medical marijuana issues: we can conduct due diligence investigations on companies that are going into the marijuana business. Forletta can help you with the processes involving the state regulators, due diligence and security. We help companies to make sure that everything is in order.
Help with medical marijuana due diligence is just one of the many services that Forletta Consulting and Investigation Services provides. Our Pittsburgh- and Cleveland-based private investigators are experts in their field with many years of experience under their belt. Contact us today.
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