New York, Illinois, Colorado, California, Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Maine will soon be legal to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, and the U.S. is poised to become one of the first states to do so.
The first state to approve the use of marijuana for a medical purpose was New York in 2017, followed by Massachusetts in 2018 and Colorado in 2019.
All five states approved marijuana for other purposes in 2018, and Washington, DC, has approved marijuana to treat some cancers.
The remaining states will likely follow soon after.
The United States has about 15 million people who have debilitating medical conditions that could be treated with marijuana, according to a 2015 study by the Johns Hopkins Center for the Study of Cannabis and Related Organisms.
According to a Gallup poll in 2017 from the Pew Research Center, about 40 percent of Americans have used marijuana.
“The states that have approved marijuana as a medical use in recent years have also seen its use skyrocket in the last decade,” the Gallup study said.
“This trend has not been lost on the American people.
Marijuana use has been a key driver of the overall decline in deaths from opioid overdoses in the United States over the past decade, and marijuana is also a promising candidate for the next major medical breakthrough that will transform the lives of millions of Americans.”
The study said marijuana use has not only been a public health problem, but also a societal problem, because people who are prescribed marijuana for chronic pain often do not want to continue using it.
“There is a clear disconnect between the patients and their doctors and the general public,” the study’s authors said.
The legalization of marijuana as an alternative to opioids will have a positive impact on people’s lives, the authors wrote.
“Marijuana may serve as an important alternative to opioid addiction treatment and for other health problems.
The drug will help to ease pain, relieve symptoms and promote wellness and quality of life.”
As the U, the country’s largest economy, has begun to see the positive effects of the legalization of medical marijuana, there are a lot of people who want to take advantage of it.
The medical marijuana industry in particular is booming.
It’s estimated that as of March, the industry had grown by 40 percent from 2016 to 2019, according the Marijuana Business Daily.
There are more than 200,000 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the U and over 150 states and Washington D.C. Currently, about 6 million people in the country have used medical marijuana.
The U.N. estimates that as many as one million people could be affected by medical marijuana laws in the next decade.
Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U (International Narcotics Control Board), meaning that it has no medical value and is considered to be a dangerous drug that should be controlled.