Medical Marijuana & the Google Effect
Another Layer of Legitimacy
Published: July 9, 2013
“The pharmaceutical reps are telling doctors that if they prescribe marijuana they will be in trouble with the law,” Parikh says. “We visit doctors’ offices, talk to them respectfully and let them know that they are not going to go to jail for recommending marijuana.”
The Google grant will be useful for medical marijuana patients in other ways. When someone does a Google search for medical marijuana, information from Michigan Compassion will appear closer to the top of search results.
“When someone has cancer and they’re researching online, maybe they’ve heard about medical marijuana, anything they type in that asks that question, the information is way down low,” says Parikh. “The grant will optimize searches by bringing it up to the top. It will help those who are looking for what we educate on and to find us quickly. We educate on the MMMA. The consequences for a wrong interpretation of it are so strong; we want to make sure that people stay safe. It’s very hard to interpret law. The police can’t interpret it. If a 60-year-old couple that has never been involved with marijuana begins to grow, and they get arrested, look at the consequences they face. We teach people. We don’t want to see people arrested for a mistake.”
Make no mistake about it. It’s never too late to become educated about something new. Michigan Compassion can be found online at mycompassion.org.
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