What Getting Medical Marijuana is Like Today 
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What Getting Medical Marijuana is Like Today 
Posted by CN Staff on September 03, 2014 at 16:29:23 PT
 By Hunter Schwarz 
Source: Washington Post
USA -- During Prohibition, people were able to legally consume alcohol if they received a prescription from a doctor, similar to how residents of some states are able to legally consume marijuana. Here’s how that worked.In what states was medical liquor legal?In all 48 states (Alaska and Hawaii were not granted statehood until 1959, 26 years after Prohibition was repealed). 
Medical liquor was regulated by the U.S. Treasury department and not the states, like medical marijuana is. Pharmacies’ ease of obtaining permits to fill prescriptions varied by geography, author Daniel Okrent wrote in “Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” according to Smithsonian. Pharmacies in big cities, on the coasts and along the Canadian border had an easier time.In what states is medical marijuana legal?Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing at least some form of medical marijuana, including Colorado and Washington, which have also legalized recreational use. The amount of marijuana someone can posses varies by state. In Alaska, Montana and Nevada, individuals are limited to one ounce, while in Oregon, one can possess up to 24 ounces.What qualified someone for medical liquor?Prescriptions for medical liquor were available to patients with anemia, tuberculosis, pneumonia, high blood pressure and other disorders, according to the History Channel. The American Medical Association actually adopted a resolution in June 1917, less than three years before Prohibition began, stating alcohol’s use as a “therapeutic agent” had no scientific value and “should be further discouraged.” However , alcohol had long been used for medical purposes, including during the Civil War to treat soldiers’ pain when they ran out of other painkillers.What qualifies someone for medical marijuana?In California, which in 1996 became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, its Department of Public Health allows marijuana to be used by those with a “serious medical condition,” including AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraines, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea or any other chronic medical symptom that limits their life activities or would cause serious harm to their physical or mental safety if untreated.How did someone apply for medical liquor?Patients had to receive a prescription from a doctor that noted the kind of alcohol they were to receive, and a dosage, according to Okrent. It usually cost $3 for a prescription and $3 or $4 to have it filled at a pharmacy, Okrent wrote, or about $40 in today’s dollars. Quality varied, ranging from cheap alcohol to well-known brands like Jack Daniel’s, which included a phrasing “Unexcelled for Medicinal Purposes” on its label.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Hunter Schwarz Published: September 3, 2014Copyright: 2014 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on September 03, 2014 at 20:43:02 PT
The sequel
The original prohibition was bad on a national scale & the sequel is even worse on an international scale.Much worse. Extremely worse; words can not explain how much worse.-0-I don't know how many citizens use alcohol for medical purposes todayhoweverwhen cannabis is RE-legalized through out the country, there will still be a LOT of people using the plant for medical purposes.-0-The leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations.
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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on September 03, 2014 at 17:30:09 PT
looking back on history
Interesting how prohibition part I is similar to part II. 
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