The U.S. has seen a sea of change in public support for legalizing and medicalizing marijuana, with 57% of adults supporting legalization today compared with just 32% a decade ago, according to the Pew Research Center. A more recent Quinnipiac poll found higher approval numbers, with 61% supporting full legalization, and 74% opposed to enforcing federal law.
Meanwhile, states are establishing medical marijuana programs or even legalizing recreational use. Since California voters first passed the Compassionate Use Act in 1996, 29 more states, Washington D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico have all passed medical marijuana laws, while 17 states have developed more conservative programs permitting cannabidiol (CBD) oils with low or no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
As public opinion shifts, more and more patients are approaching their doctors about using marijuana to treat a variety of conditions, and though many patients report it alleviates their symptoms, it remains unclear whether cannabis and its extracts are
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