Cancer and severe pain led Michigan’s list of qualifying conditions when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2008. More than a decade later, cancer and severe pain patients should have easy access to medical cannabis products—but that’s not the case.
In fact, those with the greatest medical needs face the biggest obstacles to obtaining high-quality medical cannabis products—and accurate information about how to use them.
“Dogs have better options [for medical marijuana] than cancer patients right now,” observes one dispensary owner. That owner, who I’ll call Adam (he requested to be anonymous due to his pending business application with the state), is both a retired veteran and a cancer survivor himself.
Technically speaking, he may be correct. Companies like Canna Companion make medicinal CBD products for dogs and cats that are easily available online. Meanwhile, Michigan’s medical patients have to hunt for doctors willing to write them a recommendation, for caregivers or