Many individuals in America suffer from chronic diseases (Glaucoma, Cancer, PTSD, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis) and medical marijuana can alleviate the side effects associated with these conditions. The federal government should legalize marijuana in order to give individuals with chronic diseases the organic medication they need to manage their symptoms. The current literature discusses how this topic is a national and community healthcare issue due to the large numbers of individuals with chronic conditions who could benefit from access to medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has the ability to improve the cost, access, and quality of healthcare in the United States for persons living with chronic diseases. This paper explores how cannabis impacts the delivery of healthcare as well as populations who are impacted. Additionally, this paper explores how this topic applies to occupational science, the future role of healthcare providers, and current healthcare policies.
Lear-Phillips, John T.
"Medical Marijuana and the Healthcare System,"
Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship: Vol. 2:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://encompass.eku.edu/kjus/vol2/iss1/4