Almost half the states in the Union—along with the District of Columbia—have approved the use of medical marijuana.
“So while there’s no national consensus—yet—about exactly what marijuana can be used to treat, Walgreens’ Health and Wellness blog has begun informing its customers about the benefits of medical marijuana.”
Of course, conditions which will allow patients to use marijuana vary widely between states. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, for example, the covered conditions are all life-alternating afflictions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s Disease. But in the feel-good state of California? Things are a little different.
Head to one of the “recommendation stations” which pepper Los Angeles or San Francisco, and a helpful physician will write you a marijuana script for devastating conditions like “occasional anxiety,” unspecified “sports injuries,” or likely, even “cooties.” Honestly? We made up that last one, but that can vouch for the other two—they’re literally how yours truly secured a weed card.
So while there’s no national consensus—yet—about exactly what marijuana can be used to treat, at least one national drug store chain has begun informing its customers about the benefits of medical marijuana. Here’s a quote from Walgreens’ StayWell blog:
“Research has indicated it may impair your lungs, memory and judgment. However, research has also shown marijuana provides pain relief in ways traditional pain medicines don’t. Medical marijuana can improve appetite and relieve nausea in those who have cancer and it may help relieve symptoms such as muscle stiffness in people who have multiple sclerosis.”
Walgreens’ post is buried innocuously between Mother’s Day brunch and healthy fruit roll up recipes, so it’s hardly a fist-pumping call to action. But the very inclusion of medical marijuana on a mainstream, corporate blog shows just how far the perception of medical marijuana has come in recent years. Today, Walgreens’ still sells tobacco products, though chief rival CVS stopped the practice. And as Forbes pointed out, the financial benefits of selling cigarettes are still too large for the company to ignore.
At some point, it will make financial sense for corporate pharmacies, like Walgreen’s, to begine selling medical marijuana. When that will happen is anyone’s guess, but we don’t think it’s a far away as many folks think.