Michigan legislature is currently debating the merits of edible pieces of medical marijuana — non-smokable forms of the medicine. The effects of medical marijuana are beneficial for those diagnosed with a number of diseases. The Court of Appeals’ decision to outlaw non-inhalable forms of medical marijuana limits the efficacy of the drug by alienating patients who have difficulties inhaling smoke. Michigan legislators need to strongly consider passing House Bill 5104 to allow the legal distribution of edibles.

In July 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the sale of edible forms of medical marijuana is not permissible under state law, deeming non-smokable forms of marijuana to not be “usable marihuana.”

Michigan House Bill 5104, primarily sponsored by state Rep. Eileen Kowall (R–District 44), is being proposed in response to this ruling.

The ban on edible forms of medical marijuana harms patients who need a method of ingesting the THC chemical without inhaling smoke. Forcing young children and patients with respiratory complications to inhale smoke to reap the health benefits of medical marijuana arbitrarily causes hardship with no apparent benefit.

Medical marijuana is a popular pain reliever among patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, insomnia and chronic pain. However, newer studies have shown evidence for more peculiar ailments. In small doses, marijuana has been shown to reduce anxiety levels and symptoms of ADHD. Similarly, strains that are high in cannabidiol and low in THC — such as the popular “ Charlotte’s Web” — are being used to treat people with highly debilitating conditions such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. Legalizing the distribution of edible forms of marijuana will allow all patients to efficiently use medical marijuana for their ailments.

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