Unnecessary restrictions in regulations and laws, continued discrimination, and costs, mean that millions of patients across the country, even in states with robust medical cannabis programs, are still without safe or legal access. While we are excited to see the number of states that offer medical cannabis access increase so much in the last few years, the vast differences of these state programs highlight that the patchwork of state laws is not working to provide access to everyone who needs this medicine. Safe access to medicine requires standardized oversight. Without a central agency to play this role, cannabis cannot be equally accessible as a medicine across the country. The federal government needs to catch up!
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