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The consensus from a recent poll appears to be that the state’s cannabis industry is a wild west business model.
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09/08/2021 • 23 minutes ago • 3 minutes read • Join the conversation Photo by Andrii Zorii / Getty Images
Depending on who is asked, medical marijuana can prevent, treat, and even cure health conditions ranging from anxiety to cancer.
Some believe in the power of the herb so much that they tossed their prescription medication in the trash and kicked it into full swing on the way of the pot. But some of these people are learning that with all the legal disagreements associated with this harvest in the US, it can be an expensive trip.
In Ohio, a state survey found that nearly 60 percent of patients and caregivers are concerned about the price of medical marijuana. The survey found that most program participants pay around $ 300 out of pocket for cannabis products every month. And many complain about it.
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“Why are these products so expensive?” an answering machine asked. “Is Ohio aware that prescribed mmj (medical marijuana) often struggle with symptoms that make full-time work difficult?”
While some patients grumble that the state’s prices are inadequate and unaffordable, when it comes to medical marijuana, it is expensive. In states like Michigan and Illinois, the average cost of an ounce (28 grams) of medicinal herb ranges from $ 265 to $ 380.
Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program is no exception.
A December 2020 report by The Philadelphia Inquirer shows the state is one of the most expensive medical marijuana markets in the country. The high cost has been attributed to everything from greed for profit to supply issues, but no clear answers were offered.
The consensus seems to be that the state’s cannabis industry is a wild west business model and everyone involved is asking for whatever they want just because they can. Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Council officials reportedly say program participants are continually complaining about the price of weed. And probably always will.
“The patient community is always outraged by the prices,” says advisory board member Luke Shultz. “I’m not sure where the price is supposed to be. But we’d like to see it lower, ”said Shultz.
Medical cannabis is a solid concept at one basic level. Studies regularly pop up showing how the herb can make life a little tastier. Even ordinary people who have no opinion on whether medical marijuana is better or worse than Big Pharma’s options seem to be giving it a try.
The number of patients has risen continuously in recent years. This was cited as a contribution to the shortage of the pot in some areas, which leads to price increases and dissatisfied customers.
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There are also a plethora of other factors that lead to high medical marijuana prices. And the cost can be daunting.
“The pharmacies are grossly overpriced,” wrote an Ohio medical marijuana patient in a note accompanying the survey.
Spending hundreds of dollars every month isn’t always the most viable alternative medicine option unless patients can rely on their health insurance for drugs that provide similar or even better results for little to no cash out of their pocket. Even those who refuse to give up medical cannabis often bypass legal channels and common black market sources to get a price cut.
But if a patient doesn’t have health insurance, he or she may not have a job or a job that pays well enough to be able to afford legal weed.
With all of the advances in cannabis growing and a valiant attempt to remove the stoner stereotype from the storefronts of pharmacies, the U.S. cannabis market has become a bit of a bougie. And there isn’t a $ 5 prescribing plan.
One could argue that the federal ban makes medical marijuana a flawed concept. With the U.S. government still viewing cannabis as a dangerous List I drug with no known medicinal value, state-produced medical cannabis isn’t even really considered medicine.
In the US, it is not covered by any health insurance network, it is not administered in hospitals (not even in constitutional states), and cannot be purchased from CVS or Walgreens.
In fact, a doctor can write a recommendation for it, but medical marijuana cannot be prescribed.
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