When it comes to the discussion of banned substances, one can always expect the mention of marijuana, whether in the beginning, middle or end of every conversation. It is, after all, one of the most widely abused drugs by teenagers and adults worldwide.
In the United States, there are over a million people who use marijuana as a natural medical treatment for the symptoms of illnesses, such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. But despite the so-called benefits of the drug, less than 20 states have medical marijuana laws. And three months ago, Colorado and the State of Washington were the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational use of marijuana for people aged 21 and older. This historical event, though, was met with a bulk of criticism from opposing groups that expressed fears of increased marijuana use, particularly among youth.
For Dr. Robert Martin, co-founder of CW Analytical laboratories (a testing facility that ensure the potency and safety of medical cannabis and marijuana products), marijuana legalization has a few good things about it.
“..It is my opinion that a nationwide legalization is just what America needs. It would stop a great deal of injustice in our legal system and perhaps assist law enforcement…,” Dr. Martin explained in an exclusive interview with TestCountry. “It would enable millions of patients in need of self-medication to treat themselves with no fear of contraindications, especially the liver. Finally, it would begin to stop the black market trade of cannabis currently alive and well in the U.S.”
Dr. Martin also tells TestCountry the types of regulations currently in place to ensure the quality and safety of medical marijuana. He said that while medical marijuana dispensary operators continue to grow, the majority “do not follow any quality control protocols to ensure patient safety.”
“…With widespread use of pesticides and the evolving knowledge of microbiological implications, I recommend safety testing for all recreational products, as well,” Dr. Martin added.
To read the full text of the interview, visit Exclusive Interview With Dr. Robert Martin.