Stop the war (on drugs)

By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  October 9, 2013

That said, your position is not unique, and many patients in the 30 states that don’t have legal medical marijuana are increasingly finding themselves in your shoes. This has led to a new form of medical tourism in the US focused entirely on medicinal cannabis. Patients from non-medical marijuana states are going to — and in some cases, moving to — medical marijuana states in order to explore marijuana as a potential therapy for what ails them.

Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, reminds people that beginning January 1, adults over the age of 21 can visit Colorado, walk in to a recreational marijuana store, and purchase a personal amount similar to how they might go to a liquor store. Ald-worth says that, by this time, a variety of medicinal cannabis products, including “medibles” (therapeutic cannabis in edible forms like brownies and lollipops), oils (such as the topical kind you would rub on the sore), and smokable plant matter, will be available in recreational use stores. The same will be true in Washington state later in 2014. In other words, you could travel to Colorado next year and try the oil out for yourself, without a doctor’s recommendation.

“Fundamentally, this gets down to [the fact that] recreational marijuana is still marijuana — and people can still use it for therapeutic purposes,” Aldworth says.

But Aldworth cautions that people are not permitted to take their cannabis with them outside the state. Again, there’s that drug trafficking thing. So if you find an oil that works, you might want to take an extended Colorado vacation until you’re healed, lest you risk carrying the oil with you across state lines.

Got a Burning Question about marijuana, drugs, or the drug war? Tweet it to @asktheduchess or e-mail it to theduchess@valerievandepanne.com .

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