Patients have been waiting to access marijuana for medical purposes for far too long. There is more debate in the press over the matter, rather than effective measures taken to cover the debates. A considerable number of states across US have passes a law by which marijuana consumption is made legal but few of them fully regulated the terms and conditions. Massachusetts’s first legal marijuana dispensary will open soon, provided it passes one more row of check-ups and regulations.
Salem will be the first US territory where people will be able to find a medical marijuana dispensary. The Alternative Therapies Group, as it is called, is expected to open soon, after receiving a temporary disavowal to sell cannabis that has not been entirely tested for pesticides or other harmful substances.
It seems that for the moment, laboratories in Massachusetts are not entirely able to complete the quality testing required by state health department rules, as the Governor Charlie Baker representatives declared.
For the time being, labs are not equipped to test for seven of 18 restricted pesticides. Improvements are enthusiastically awaited, as people stand in line to have access to the healing herb. However, the dispensary in Salem will still be open as long as it limits the consumption to 4.23 ounces for each patient and instructs consumers to smoke no more than two grams a day.
It seems that statistics released in regards to consumption are unrealistic, as the state assumes that patients are able to ingest 1 ounce of marijuana a day, or 28 grams. This is basically impossible, even if they smoke cigarettes with no tobacco whatsoever, filled with marijuana only. The human body has its limits and after something similar to 3 grams a day, it cannot inhale anymore smoke or THC substance. Patients are known to consume 2.5 grams a day on average and the state’s lead levels would be more close to reality if a clear and transparent statistic would appear on the matter.
Other sources declare that the state’s lead levels would be more realistic if official institutions lowered the amount of marijuana it expects patients to consume, but this wouldn’t be quite a wise regulation, as people would still be inclined to get their share of desired THC from other sources.
The dispensary could open no earlier than next week, as marijuana has been cleared for sale. Massachusetts will be the first state to hold such a retail institution and by then, DPH will conduct a final inspection of the store in Salem.
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