MARINOL -- The SYNTHETIC CANNABIS:
MARINOL - Technically speaking Marinol is a synthetic [chemical] form of Cannabis and "Ironies of Ironies," at one time marketed by Roxanne Laboratories [a.k.a. The Columbus Pharmacal Co.], which made extensive use of Cannabis before the anti-Medical Marihuana laws went into effect.
While many people criticized its medical efficiency, it is fully FDA approved and legal while actual Cannabis [the plant] is NOT. And what is it that Mezz Mezzrow was once quoted as saying: "Of Course Cannabis is more dangerous that Alcohol, you can get sent to jail for it". Which is another way of saying, Marinol is good enough for government work.
WHY THE NAME? Although this is only a guess, the name does seems to have a certain likeness to another word.
AN ASIDE - ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE:
Although better than nothing, the author is of the opinion that Marinol will not replace Cannabis [the plant], and for the following reasons:
PRICE WISE, these containers [that's both the cardboard box as well as actual container] are selling from between, $5 and $10 dollars.
 - ONE POUND OF CANNABIS FOR $100 OR LESS: --- Ever wonder what a pound of Cannabis would cost if it were legal. The answer is between $35 (poor quality stuff) to $100 for a good pound of Medical Marihuana. The way I figured it out is as follows: I looked up a series of medical bulk herbs sold openly in 1931. Herbs such as Parsley, Passion flowers (no I don't know what that is), Peppermint, Rhubarb (no joke, rhubarb), Cascara Saqrada, etc. Next, I looked up the same herbs and noted what they were selling for then and now. [Note roots were compared with roots, leafs with leafs etc.] Next, doing a little math, [dividing the present day price, by the 1931 price], I came up with a cost increase rate of between X-18 [low end] all the way up to X-50 at the top end. As one pound of Cannabis was selling [wholesale price] for $2, I figure that using the worst case scenario the present day price would [at most] be $100, but it could be much less.
 - Here it is assumed that each cigarette is equal in size to a standard tobacco cigarette.
 While far from scientific, this figure is based on the observation that it takes between 5mg-to-15mg of marinol, and between 0.1-to-0.5 of a Medical Cannabis cigarette to give a novice medical patient a slight sense of euphoria. Again, this is far from scientific, however, it does give us a perfect way to compare the equivalent performance between the two. Here, for economic comparisons, the two upper points (15mg = 1/2 cigarette) are used.
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