Why Are CBD-Focused Laws Not Enough?

Marijuana’s medical efficacy derives largely from more than 70 unique chemicals – called cannabinoids – that each have important therapeutic properties. Currently, 23 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico have adopted comprehensive medical marijuana laws that provide patients with access to all of marijuana’s beneficial ingredients. However, an additional 16 states have enacted laws that only allow access to marijuana with high levels of one cannabinoid – CBD – and low levels of THC, marijuana’s most well-known and extensively studied compound. While such laws represent a growing rejection of the federal prohibition on marijuana, denying access to the whole plant leaves the vast majority of patients without relief.

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