Results from a July 2016 Gallup poll “…found that 13 percent of adults in the U.S. report currently using marijuana…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.
Although 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 they cannot function at all should have access to any substance that could alleviate their 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, it was reported in a March 20, 2017, Troy Daily News article that, “Patients qualify if they have the following conditions: 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; …” and the list goes on. Also, an individual can 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 percentof these cases would be considered as severe.
To apply these statistics to Miami County with approximately 100,000 residents, a general estimate would be that 3,500 residents would be struggling with PTSD annually, and 1300 of those cases would be severe. If doctors prescribed medical marijuana for only the severe cases that would be 1300 residents alone.
Secondly, some medical marijuana will most-assuredly be resold illegally. For