What exactly does a 2-month supply of medical marijuana look like?Posted on Jul 5th 2007 11:25AM by Jonathon Morgan
In Washington state, you're allowed to have a "60 day supply" of marijuana on hand if you're using it for medicinal purposes. But just how much pot is that? No one seems to know. And the answer is important -- as it helps police and lawmakers determine who they need to arrest, and who they should leave alone.
Currently, patients suffering from "intractable pain" and serious diseases (like cancer, AIDS, or multiple sclerosis), can possess and use marijuana without being convicted of drug charges. However, because there's no set limit, officers in the field have no guidance, and are left to arrest everyone -- hoping a judge will later sort out who's guilty and who's not.
On the other hand, any limit on the amount of pot a person has for medicinal purposes is too restrictive for some. They say different patients need varying amounts depending on their illness, and that amount shouldn't be regulated by anyone other than their doctor.
I tend to agree. There are plenty of medications that -- if they hadn't been prescribed by a doctor -- would be illegal to posses or consume (for good reason). But because of the widespread use of marijuana as a recreational drug, it seems there's an urge to treat it differently than other narcotics. When it comes to the drug's medicinal use, why not treat it just like any other prescription?