The reality of state reciprocity with medical marijuana continues to be a needed measure for the validation of medical marijuana as medicine. As the research continues to accumulate about the efficacy of medical marijuana, the value of this as a realistic treatment for a number of ailments, conditions, and disease processes helps to strengthen the cause.
So why is there no reciprocity between states with medical marijuana laws?
Is it a matter of research?
Perhaps, as the use of medical marijuana under state law in the United States is still relatively new.
Is it a matter of differences between state laws?
A possibility, but at the same time this supports the need for a standardized state marijuana law that all medical marijuana states can adopt and implement until the federal law is changed.
Is it a matter of money, where states would be losing out on the fees associated with obtaining a medical marijuana card?
If this is the case, it can potentially be alleviated with an “out of state” tax for patients filling their prescription outside of their home state.
There are many reasons full reciprocity for states with medical marijuana laws is not in place. Certainly, appropriate rescheduling of marijuana under federal law will address and solve many of the issues. However, until that time comes, states with medical marijuana laws need to work together in order to provide their patients the opportunity to medicate where they travel, just like patients taking traditional medications do. The point is, whatever those reasons are, they need to be identified and addressed now so that patients don’t suffer.