Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Tax
Doctor Oz’s show on Medical Marijuana spoke about the implication for states where they have legalized Medical Marijuana. Dr Oz asked Allen St Pierre, the Executive Director of the National Organization For The Reform of Marijuana Laws, if it is fair to say that states are bailing out their budgets on the ability to tax Medical Marijuana. Allen St. Pierre said that four states tax Medical Cannibis: Oregon, Colorado, Rhode Island and Maine. But Dr Oz asked the bigger question – could this be a reason why the legalization of Medical Marijuana grows? With our economic issues over the past several years, states are certainly attracted tot the idea of extra revenue. Also, here are links to recaps of all of the segments that Dr Oz did on Medical Marijuana today:
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana New Jersey Laws Make It Impossible To Get
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Laws Stimulate The Economy?
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana for MS, Cancer, HIV & Chronic Pain
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Safety & Impact on Teens
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana: Which States Marijuana Is Legal In
Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana California Policy Problems
Dr Oz asked if they have gone too far in California, because it is very easy to get it there. Each state after California who has legalized Medical Marijuana has made it tougher and more restrictive to get a Medical Marijuana Card. New Jersey is the antithesis of California, where it is currently virtually impossible to get Medical Marijuana. But the bottom line is that no state has copied what California has done, so perhaps they should consider changing their policies.
Dr Oz asked Dr Andrea Barthwell if there are any studies that shows an increase in crime in areas where Medical Marijuana is legal. She said that the misuse of Marijuana has increased and crime has gone up in areas where Medical Marijuana is legal. But Allen St Pierre said that children in California use Marijuana less than their peers in other states. Dr Barthwell said that there is no data to support that claim.
Montel Williams told Dr Oz that when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that he decided he was going to learn everything he could, try every possibility, and teach others what he discovers. Montel said that is why he is even participating in a new study where he gets electric shock to his tongue. He said he does not oppose making the law so restrictive that only a few types of disorders can have access to Medical Marijuana, but for people who really need it, there should be a legal way.
Dr Oz: Legalize Marijuana
Doctor Oz said that if we are going to make Medical Marijuana Legal, then we have to make it legal. States need a system to control who can prescribe Marijuana and who can use it, because even though it is not as addictive as other things, it is still addictive. Dr Oz said Medical Marijuana should never be prescribed for people with Anxiety or Stress, and that the bottom line is that it has to be used to give patients their lives back and not used to take patients away from their lives.
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