This January New York’s first dispensary opened up and according to the January issue of Forbes Magazine, it has teamed up with Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Read the full story at http://www.forbes.com/sites/julieweed/2016/01/09/manhattans-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens-week-and-is-working-with-mt-sinai-hospital/.
What ground-breaking, awesome news!!! Major players are teaming up together to really help patients live better lives and to actually save lives. There are millions of chronic pain patients who, although being treated for their chronic pain, are still in pain and not living a full productive life. Sometimes primary care providers continue to prescribe narcotics like percocet and oxycontin for their patients even though these drugs aren’t really working the best for them. Some people live in an anesthetized state most of their lives. Thousands of people die every year from narcotic overdose.
I feel encouraged to see a change in thinking in the medical community. I have seen and read about how medicinal cannabis changes people’s lives.
Still, there is a major question that lingers and really needs an honest answer. Why is it that marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug like heroine and is believed by some to have absolutely no medicinal benefit?
It is time to update our ideas and thinking about medicine in general and about the alternative option of medicinal cannabis.