Viewing the legal context of medical marijuana from a pharmacist’s perspective, the solution to medical-marijuana laws is not a matter of supporting or prohibiting its use; medical marijuana is in need of a better refined medical model. A proper medical model is composed of the prescribing of medicine by a licensed prescriber and the dispensing of medicine by a separate licensed entity, with attention to appropriate dosing and therapeutic use. The current method employed by medical-marijuana jurisdictions misses the mark. This Note will address the ever-growing complexities resulting from medical-marijuana laws, approaching the topic with an understanding that some form of medical marijuana will exist in the marketplace regardless of legal intervention. Without passing ethical or clinical judgments on the general acceptability of marijuana as a medicine, this Note will argue for reformation and uniformity of medical-marijuana laws on a national level.
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