The 2016 election year was huge, but one fact remains: if you’re caught with marijuana, you’ll still need a weed lawyer in Omaha. Our state is now the minority in that we have not yet legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal uses. While there are obvious implications to this (we’ve discussed how the cost of enforcement has skyrocketed in Nebraska), there’s one thing very few people have touched on so far. Allowing medical marijuana could actually save a significant amount of money where medical costs are concerned too.
Medicare Could Save $472 Million Every Year with Medical Marijuana
Even though cannabis is illegal at a national level, the feds are letting individual states handle their own affairs should they wish to legalize it. This has led to more than half of the country approving marijuana for medical purposes at the very least, with eight states permitting it recreationally as well. Citizens aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the new lax laws; researchers have been performing study after study, now that they can do so much more easily without violating the law. Recently, the University of Georgia got in on it and found out that the United States Medicare program could be saving a whopping $472 million annually if medical marijuana was permitted on a national level.
People Require Fewer Medications when Marijuana is Available
Bear in mind, medical marijuana is not approved by the FDA to treat anything, though cannabinoids (some of the building blocks in marijuana) are found in a handful of FDA-approved medications. On the other hand, medical marijuana is often used to treat a number of conditions, including depression, anxiety, nausea, and sleep disorders. Testing is presently being done here in Nebraska to see if cannabinoids are useful in the treatment of seizure disorders, as medical marijuana is often also used to help people with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis as well. For the purpose of the Georgia study, researchers took a look at the prescription data of Medicare Part D enrollees over a three-year period, from 2010 to 2013. States that had enacted laws that permitted medical marijuana showed a major decrease in spending related to prescription drugs for ailments that medical marijuana is commonly used for. Prescription costs for all other ailments did not reflect the same change. When researchers tallied up the numbers, $165.2 million was saved by the marijuana-friendly states, which, by their estimates, would amount to $472 million if medical marijuana was permitted nationwide.
Consult with a Weed Lawyer in Omaha
This could obviously be good news for people who suffer from these conditions as well as for the government, but for now, medical marijuana is illegal on a national level. Here in Nebraska, even parents of sick children who have tried everything to help their kids feel better could be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if they try medical marijuana to see if it helps. If you’re accused of a marijuana-related crime, you need the help of an experienced weed lawyer in Omaha. Call Daniel Stockmann at (844) 906-0641 to schedule your free case evaluation today.