marijuana is a great pain killer. many of the mainstream pharmaceutical pain killers cause more damage in the long term for conditions like arthritis. but the fear of marijuana that's been instilled in our society over decades by those who profit from cigarettes, alcohol, textiles and newspapers - industries which would be altered if cannabis sativa were legal to grow - have kept this plant substance out of our radar.
there has been opposition to this measure's requirement that each county must set up a dispensary. however, the measure would not prevent a pharmacy to expand and include medical marijuana in their mix of drugs. without a dispensary in each county, people who were too sick to grow would have to find a friend to travel long and far to pick up their prescription. the county dispensary would pay for itself. this wouldn't really put the county out.
dispensaries would simply need to be run by a non-profit, so the pharmacy could add a shelf of marijuana and essentially sublet that small space to a non-profit. it would be easy to make an arrangement with a non-profit, or create one themselves. if the measure passes, there would be more patients since people who can't afford to go to an MD could go to a nurse or a ND and get the card. this would create more business, and it would be in the better interest of the pharmacies to add medical marijuana to the menu.
the writers of the measure put this in to prevent companies like r.j. reynolds from abuse of the plant. doug mcvay, proponent of measure 33, said: "they thought that this was better than for-profit corporations who could therefore gouge patients and line the pockets of the shareholders. there is also a lot more scrutiny over non-profits."
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