101 Geo. L.J. 1117 (2012-2013)
Medical Marijuana: A Drug without a Medical Model

handle is hein.journals/glj101 and id is 1155 raw text is: ´╗┐Medical Marijuana: A Drug Without a Medical
Model
CLAIRE FREZZA*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ..........                                           1118
I. OVERVIEW OF THE MEDICAL-MARIJUANA PROBLEM .............      1120
A. ISSUES AT THE STATE LEVEL     .......................... 1121
1. Varying Standards for Patient Qualification ..........  1121
2. Differences in Practitioner Requirements ............  1123
3. Differing Possession Limits .....................    1124
B. ISSUES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL     ........................ 1125
1. History of the Conflict Between Federal and State
Medical-Marijuana Laws .......................       1125
2. Federal and State Tensions ......................    1126
II. MEDICAL-MARIJUANA LAWS FAIL To OPERATE AS INTENDED ......    1127
A. THE SCIENTIFIC ISSUES OF SMOKED MARIJUANA AS A MEDICINE ...  1128
1. The Medical Community Versus the Public ..........   1128
2. The Issues of the Marijuana Plant as a Medicine ......  1129
B. PATIENT POPULATION AND THE ISSUE OF EASE OF ACCESS ......  1130
C. DISPENSARIES DO NOT PROPERLY REGULATE MARIJUANA
DISTRIBUTION ....      ................................ 1132
III. PROPOSALS To REFORM MEDICAL-MARIJUANA LAWS ARE
INSUFFICIENT         ....................................... 1133
A. BACKGROUND ON THE CLASSIFICATION OF MARIJUANA UNDER THE
CSA ............................................. 1134
* Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. expected 2014; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy &
Health Sciences, Pharm.D. 2010. @ 2013, Claire Frezza. I would like to thank my professors James
Bulen, Sherman Cohn, and Patricia King for their invaluable guidance in the early stages of this Note
and for encouraging me to publish. I would also like to thank my pharmacy coworkers for their support,
and in particular, my colleague Nicole Dornbush for her assistance in the research process. Lastly, I
would like to thank The Georgetown Law Journal for all of its editorial work.

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