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Local news interviews Fairfax criminal lawyer Jon Katz on marijuana medicinal extracts

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Feb 19, 2018 Local news interviews Fairfax criminal lawyer Jon Katz on marijuana medicinal extracts

Local news interviews Fairfax criminal lawyer Jon Katz on marijuana medicinal extracts

Local news interviews Fairfax criminal lawyer Jon Katz on marijuana medicinal extracts. (Copyright Deposit Photos.)

Fairfax criminal lawyer urges the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes

Local news and national news have taken note of Virginia’s legislation permitting physicians to recommend CBD and THC-A oils

Local news interviewed me on February 14, 2018, for its televised story aired the same date about the Virginia legislature-passed law permitting physicians to prescribe CBD and THC-A oils to patients. The local news segments with me begin here, shortly after minute 1:00. I blogged about the same issue on February 9, 2018, and expect the law to take effect in the middle of this year, which is the usual schedule for Virginia-enacted legislation to take effect.

As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I await seeing how many physicians will be willing to recommend CBD and THC-A oils in the first place to their patients. So long as enough physicians make such recommendations, I anticipate that many Virginians will see that the benefits of such medicine are significant enough to justify legalizing marijuana itself — rather than only the CBD and THC-A oil extracts of marijuana — for medicinal use.

Virginia criminal lawyer emphasizes that marijuana is effective medicine

Users of state-legal medicinal marijuana are not a bunch of stereotypical potheads. Instead, they are people from all walks of life with such serious ailments as HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, epilepsy, severe orthopedic injuries, anxiety and depression who find a substantial level of relief from marijuana as a natural plant without the unwanted side effects of other medicines.

Elvy Musikka is a federally-supplied medical marijuana user (one of the four remaining people able to receive  federal medical marijuana, resulting from advocacy from three decades ago). Elvy is but one of hundreds of thousands of examples of medical marijuana users who are far from fitting a pothead stereoptype. I met Elvy, now 78 years old — at a party during the 1991 Drug Policy Alliance conference. She is a grandmother who apparently at first thought marijuana was dangerous, until her doctor in 1975  “told me if I didn’t start using marijuana, I’d go blind…  Shortly thereafter I found out that, indeed, it was the only thing that would help me with my glaucoma.” Marijuana is her medicine, rather than any pothead tool.

Fairfax criminal lawyer looks forward to the Virginia cannabis oil legislation as being the first step towards the full legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use

Thanks to the Virginia senators and delegates who unanimously passed the legislation enabling physicians to recommend CBD and THC-A oils to their patients.

Legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. 

Fairfax criminal lawyer Jonathan L. Katz has successfully defended hundreds of drug defendants, including those using and cultivating marijuana for medicine. To discuss your case with Jon, please schedule a confidential appointment through his staff, at 703-383-1100. 

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