We might soon see medical marijuana ads on Google. Of course, it is all about convincing the bosses at Google of its crucial importance to some patience, as well as its safety. More than 13,000 people have signed a petition asking Google to allow cannabis-derived medication advertisement on its pages.
A Minnesota-based company, Vireo Health, has issued a petition signed by thousands of people, to get the biggest search engine to allow ads for a string of New York clinics. Google had previously rejected their ads, because of its policy on such products, considered dangerous. Because of this, Vireo Health successfully circulated a petition on the Internet. The petition states that Google’s policy is incomprehensible. Google promotes highly addictive painkillers that are responsible for thousands of deaths each year. The U.S.A. is now dealing with a massive opioid epidemic. The Minnesota company suggests that medical cannabis is a far safer therapeutic solution for patients. Because of this, it should be allowed to be promoted on Google as well.
Medical marijuana is currently legal in 24 states. The clinics operating in these states could gain a lot from having their products advertised by such an important search engine. Marijuana start-ups are facing many problems, as the federal government considers cannabis to be an illicit drug. Banks are reluctant to go into business with such companies that grow and sell a product that officials say it has no recognized medical value. And clinics are struggling to bring in customers.
A year after medical cannabis legalization, a little over 1,300 patients are enrolled at the Office of Medical Cannabis, Minnesota. The clinics will open their doors in August. To be eligible for this kind of treatment, the patients need to have their doctor certify that they possess an illness that has been approved for medical marijuana treatment. Once certified, the patients have to pay between 100$ and over 1000$ for their prescription. In Minnesota, medical marijuana can be ingested as pills or liquids. Smoking it is not permitted.
By bringing in pain patients, advocates of medical marijuana say that the price of treatment could lower. They also hope that the number of deaths by painkillers would decrease. In a 2014 study, it was reported that in states where medical marijuana is legal, the number of fatalities by narcotic overdose had dropped significantly.
But are we to see marijuana ads on Google anytime soon? Probably not.
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