One of the main topics discussed in the latest news is the talk of legalizing recreational marijuana, and it’s more than likely that within the next year it will be legal in the state of Michigan. Whether you are for or against the legalization of recreational marijuana, there are numerous medical benefits of cannabis use, as well as benefits with the business of cannabis dispensaries as well. One specific example of a benefit that a dispensary brings is the economic promise. Just a few years back in 2014, the medial marijuana industry was valued at about $4 billion, and by the year 2026 it could be worth at least 50 billion. As the marijuana market in Michigan continues to change, more individuals will have an opportunity to open dispensaries and with that there will be the continued investment of money into the industry. Dispensaries also create jobs, including positions in management and direct retail service (“Budtenders”).
Medical Cannabis for Illnesses
The use of medical cannabis can be beneficial to people who are dealing with an illness. For example, an individual battling cancer can use marijuana, and this can help them with the nausea and vomiting that chemotherapy causes. Individuals dealing with arthritis can use cannabis as an anti-inflammatory, which just points to yet another benefit of the medicine. Cannabis can be used in various ways ranging from smoking, direct application to the point of pain and oral consumption (edibles).
Relief for Cancer Patients Using Cannabis
Brittany Naylor, a medicinal patient, was diagnosed with stage four refractory neuroblastoma in late 2015. Neuroblastoma is a very rare type of cancer, and it develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. Today Brittany is almost cancer free and on the road to remission, but she has struggled with both cancer and chemotherapy. Brittney looked to medical cannabis to help her deal with the pain. She started using medical cannabis to cope with her cancer, and she says that with having cancer, you need a lot of sleep. The chemo takes a lot out of you and makes you tired as well as a loss of weight and cannabis can help with this.
“Sometimes you can’t stop throwing up and weed is the only thing that could help me.”
The Future of New Cannabis Laws in Michigan
She is looking forward to the future to see what these new cannabis laws bring to Michigan, but she also feels that there is still a lot of work to be done and we need to take our research further-as in finding out what specific type of weed can cure a specific type of cancer.