Marijuana can require massive amounts of water, and growers have often left behind toxic chemicals, trash and scars on the land. Growing indoors can use excessive amounts of energy, which costs large sums of money and eats up resources.
An analysis by News21 shows that $1.1 billion of the $1.4 billion that the National Institute of Health spent on marijuana research from 2008 to 2014 went toward research on marijuana abuse and addiction. Only $297 million was spent on its effects on the brain and potential medical benefits for those suffering from conditions like chronic pain.
A News21 analysis found that seven of the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana have mandated laboratory testing, and of those, most are still working to improve their programs.
There is a movement underway to make cannabis oil available to children.
A News21 investigation has found there are as many ways to deal with medical marijuana as there are states that have legalized it.
A federal judge in New York threw out a lawsuit on Feb. 26 filed by an injured U.S. Postal Service worker from Orlando who became seriously ill after handling a package that was leaking a noxious chemical.