Results from a July 2016 Gallup poll found that 13 percent of adults in the U.S. report currently using marijuana, and 43 percent of adults have tried the substance. Still, that says 87 percent of people have decided that smoking pot isn’t a good idea.
When it comes to medical marijuana, most individuals including myself are sympathetic, believing that anyone facing a terminal illness or experiencing pain so debilitating that she cannot function at all should have access to any substance that could alleviate the suffering.
But it’s not that simple. It’s possible that way too many people might be eligible to receive a legal prescription. For instance, conditions that qualify according to media reports concerning House Bill 523 are individuals with HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer’s disease; ALS; cancer; CTE; Crohn’s disease; epilepsy or another seizure disorder; fibromyalgia; glaucoma; Hepatitis C; inflammatory bowel disease; MS; pain that is chronic, severe, and intractable; Parkinson’s disease; posttraumatic stress disorder; plus several others. Also, a person could petition the state to add more conditions.
How many local people would qualify for medical marijuana given the above description? Only looking at the category of posttraumatic stress disorder, the website for the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 3.5 percent of the adult population would be classified as suffering from PTSD annually, while 1.3 percent of these cases would be considered as severe.
To apply these statistics to Allen County with just over 100,000 residents, a general estimate would be that 3,500 residents would be struggling with PTSD annually, and 1,300 of those cases would be severe. If doctors prescribed medical marijuana for only the severe cases, that would be 1,300 residents alone.
Secondly, some medical marijuana will most assuredly be resold illegally. For instance, in West Milton, Ohio, recently