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Legalizing Weed: 8 Tweets After Medical Marijuana Became Legal in Delaware

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Residents of Delaware can legally purchase and use marijuana, but only if they suffer from illnesses shown to benefit from use of the drug. Legislation to allow medical use of the substance passed in 2011, and the state’s public health division implemented the Medical Marijuana Act (Title 16, Ch. 49 A of the Delaware Code) to regulate use of marijuana and related products on July 1, 2012, according to the state’s website. By legalizing weed, the state allows qualified individuals to purchase and possess up to six ounces of the substance intended for medicinal use.

Medical marijuana is a term given to the use of the substance (cannabis) as therapy to alleviate the symptoms of various diseases and conditions, many related to chronic pain. Although the use of this popular recreational drug is controversial as a legitimate medical drug, some doctors advocate using marijuana for patients who suffer from specific conditions. Several states have adopted laws to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, and these states have controls in place for its distribution.

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In order to purchase marijuana from an authorized Delaware dispensary, buyers must have a documented qualifying condition, with a doctor’s diagnosis and a prescription. These conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, nausea, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), seizure disorders, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, notes the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).


How do people feel about Delaware’s stance on medical marijuana? Check out these tweets, published since the passage of the law that allows use of the drug within the state:

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Although the laws provide for access to medical marijuana, residents have their challenges getting marijuana to meet their medical needs. Jonathan Starkey, a writer for The News Journal explained the problem. A lack of doctors willing to prescribe limits access, and clinics devoted expressly to helping people obtain the necessary documents are springing up. However, Delaware’s law specifies that a prescribing doctor must have a relationship with the patient that extends beyond the marijuana issue.

Although medical marijuana has many enthusiastic advocates, the American Medical Association (AMA) opposes legislation aimed at legalizing the drug for medical or other purposes.

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