By Nikki Kean
Richard J. Silvia, PharmD, BCPP
Ann M. Philbrick, PharmD
Kelly C. Lee, PharmD, BCPP


Seattle—Everyone wants to know whether cannabis is as good a drug as many people claim. This is no longer just an academic question. As of January 2019, 10 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical and recreational use of marijuana, 22 states have legalized only medical marijuana, and another 13 states have varying degrees of legalization (Figure).

“Yet the federal