Nowadays it seems riskier than ever for major corporations to take a stand on a hot-button political issue, however Walgreens has opened the door to discussing the positive benefits of medical marijuana on its health and wellness blog.
While the company hasn’t come right out and said, “We support medical marijuana,” its post titled “Clarifying Clinical Cannabis” lists its many health benefits, providing readers with a perceived alternative to traditional pain medication and treatments.
“Research has indicated it may impair your lungs, memory and judgment,” the post begins. “However, research has also shown marijuana provides pain relief in ways traditional pain medicines don’t. Medical marijuana can improve appetite and relieve nausea in those who have cancer, and it may help relieve symptoms such as muscle stiffness in people who have multiple sclerosis.”
While a Walgreens spokesperson said the post was not an example of the company taking a stance on the major political issue, the fact that such a large corporation would even broach the subject in a positive light is a pretty big deal. Maybe next time Grandma trolls Walgreens’ health blog for hot tips, this “clarifying” of medical marijuana could open her eyes — and who knows who else’s?