This November, voters in nine states will consider proposals to legalize medical and/or recreational marijuana. The tide has turned, and cannabis is on its way to becoming a legal part of the American landscape—federal law be damned. But experiences in states like Washington and Colorado suggest that without additional regulation, measures meant to make the drug more accessible can wind up hurting the people who need it most.
Marijuana occupies a complex place in the American social and legal landscape in part because of its seemingly contradictory uses. Some people (Snoop Dogg, the Dude) use it to relax and get a buzz. Others use it to treat issues like pain, nausea, glaucoma, and seizures. These two groups are looking for very different things in their marijuana products. For those in the latter group, the last thing they want is a high—they need a drug that will allow them to work, care for their families, and go about their daily business.
This means that medical patients, by and large, are typically looking for drugs with a high cannabidiol (CBD) content and a low

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