What Is ‘Medical Marijuana’? The Answer Varies From State to State—And That’s a Problem

Four strains of medical marijuana
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What counts as ‘medical marijuana’ varies from state to state—and that’s a problem.

On April 17, Pennsylvania became the latest state to pass medical marijuana legislation, which will take effect this month. And recently Ohio’s House of Representatives has passed a plan to permit medical marijuana in the state.

Research suggests that marijuana—or more specifially compounds in marjuana—may have potential as a treatment for epilepsy and chronic pain, among other conditions. However, more research is needed to fully understand any potential health benefits from the substance.

As of this writing, 41 states have legislation that permits medical marijuana in some form. However, the law in Texas is

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