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Unfortunately for patients and recreational smokers everywhere, the legalization of marijuana isn’t simply based on the cost/benefits of making the drug available. Business, politics and more always come into play when dealing with changes on this scale. Here are 5 key reasons, by Rachael Garner, why there are so many roadblocks to marijuana legalization .

 5 Reasons Why Medical Marijuana Access is Limited

5 Reasons Why Medical Marijuana Access is Limited

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Even though medical marijuana is now legal across 9 states, and recreational use allowed in 2 states, there are still many roadblocks to obtaining MMJ. Here are 5 key reasons why.

  • It's bad business for pharmaceutical companies

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Pharmaceutical companies fund anti-marijuana campaigns to keep public fear high & their pills accessible, many times giving incentives to physicians/providers for prescribing the drug they represent.

  • It's overcomplicated

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    9 states have legalized the use of cannabis for patients with severe medical conditions. However, almost all act under very limited & restrictive policies and have wait times as long as 2-4 yrs.

  • It's misunderstood by the Public

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The general mind’s view of medical marijuana is that of a baby puffing on a joint, when in fact CBD & THC are just 2 of the derivatives/chemicals extracted from the marijuana plant to be administered.

  • There are many legal contradictions

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    In [one case](http://lexichronic.com/growers-denied-water-federal-bureau/), cultivation of marijuana is legal, but the use of federal water is illegal. Contradictions like this between state and federal laws continue to be a headache for the marijuana industry.

  • It's controlled by patents

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Pharmaceutical companies hold [many patents](http://www.faqs.org/patents/assignee/gw-pharma-limited/) of medications that could be used to treat life threatening afflictions. Yet, these medications aren't released & similar drugs would be legally accountable.

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