In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington state passed initiatives legalizing cannabis for adults 21 and older under state law. In November 2014, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington also approved recreational use of marijuana. In November 2016, four more states - California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada - voted in recreational marijuana. It is important to note that the federal government still considers cannabis a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug . Cultivation and distribution of marijuana are felonies; possession for personal use is a misdemeanor; possession of “paraphernalia” is also illegal. Cultivating 100 plants or more carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years according to federal statutes.
According to the author, the first step toward remedying the situation begins with the relationship between clinicians and researchers. “For years, the relationship between clinical operations and research at most institutions ranged anywhere from non-existent to hostile, to, in the best cases, something close to benign neglect,” continues Marsolo, “The implementation of enterprise-wide EHRs has now caused these worlds to come crashing together.” The benefit of this collaboration will then be realized in the configuration of a useful EHR system capable of meeting the demands of both sides. “If we are to ever achieve the vision of a learning health system, where learning occurs with every patient encounter, we need to ensure that the clinical information systems are configured to allow this learning,” the author concludes.
I am sad that a physician from a respectable academic institution did not take time to educate herself about Cannabis. Incidentally name “marijuana” was coined by one of the most disgusting corrupt, racist, bigoted US government officials in history: Harry J. Anslinger, the father of DEA, who initiated campaign of lies (fueled by money from cotton manufacturers) that led to criminalization of a healing plant, sacred to multiple religions – from Hinduism to Christian Gnostics. It has been used for millennia for healing and spiritual purposes. In effect, the United States is engaging in one of the most vicious religious discrimination campaigns in history.