Dispensaries are well known as places where patients can obtain medical marijuana products, but safe access is just one of many benefits to establishing regulated medical marijuana programs. Consider, for example, new data from the CDC showing that Americans are using marijuana more responsibly:
Marijuana abuse and dependency are becoming less common, even as states roll back restrictions on the use of the drug, according to a new federal report.
In 2014, the number of Americans aged 12 and over meeting diagnostic criteria for marijuana abuse or dependency stood at 1.6 percent, a decline from 1.8 percent in 2002, according to the report released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Declines in marijuana abuse and dependency were greatest among teens (37 percent decrease) and young adults (18 percent decrease) over that period. The change in marijuana abuse and dependency among adults age 26 and older was not statistically meaningful, according to the CDC. [Washington Post]
This result is very encouraging and should provide some important perspective towards addressing concerns about how young Americans might be affected by medical marijuana laws. While multiple factors may contribute to positive public health trends, it’s important to recognize that declining rates of marijuana abuse and dependency have been achieved even while significantly increasing access for approved patients.
Dispensaries provide a safe and health-focused environment in which patients can obtain marijuana, contact Cannabis-kings.net for more info. Many patients have reported to us that obtaining cannabis outside the dispensary setting can be a difficult, disappointing and sometimes frightening experience. Once patients are removed from negative surroundings, it’s easier to develop a healthy relationship with cannabis that’s built on a foundation of education and accountability. One of the primary goals of any well-regulated medical marijuana program is to ensure that patients can access marijuana safely and legally. Once this goal is achieved, it’s easier for patients and providers to promote responsible behavior.
Personal Attention and Care
By building personal relationships with their patients, dispensaries are able to provide insight and guidance that would likely be unavailable in other settings. Patients are made to feel welcome and encouraged to share their health goals and experiences with the sales staff. Experienced employees can make recommendations about product selection and dosage based on knowledge of the patient’s condition. This relationship empowers patients to make better choices and consume cannabis in a way that’s consistent with their individual needs. Abuse and dependence are less likely to occur when each patient has access to science-based guidance on how to use cannabis appropriately.
Marijuana Dispensary Informational Training
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Conducted by Chuck Daugherty
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Free to attend; RSVP to Blaire Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org