NEW YORK (MainStreet) I used to get high on life, but then I had to seize more and more days to get the same buzz, so I entered the gateway. You may not be aware, but marijuana isn't the only medicinal marvel mankind discovered. On January 16, 1920, the Volstead Act kick-started Prohibition in the United States, and doctors across the nation doled out prescriptions for whiskey (including bourbon), a popular medicine of our forefathers, and their forefathers before them. By the time Prohibition was repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933, the heroic liquid had saved countless people from buckling under the stress of being broke.
The world has changed a lot since those days in our modern fast-paced society, we can no longer afford to waste our mornings in recovery from the previous evening's self-medication. Marijuana has become the go-to choice in a nation where Xanax and opiates are being monitored to the point that it's difficult to balance on our legal high horses. Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Ted Turner's answer to "House," changed his stance on ganja.
The problem is, not only is medical ganja not covered by health insurance, registering as a reefer patient disqualifies you from every health insurance plan in the country.
Does Obama Care about Marijuana?
Although President Barack Obama openly supports toking and admits "the incarceration model [the federal government has] taken particularly around marijuana does not seem to produce the kind of results we've set," he doesn't appear willing or able to move toward full decriminalization of the herbal medicine. Until he does, patients in the 15 states who have thus far legalized pot will have to find alternative health care options.
The reason is that marijuana is still classified as a Schedule-1 controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Drug Administration. For those not savvy, this means it's considered by the FDA and DEA to be among the most dangerous drugs in existence. Other Schedule-1 drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy/molly and peyote. Drugs considered by the U.S. government to be less dangerous than THC include cocaine, codeine, steroids, methadone, and Xanax.