Whether you call it pot, weed, or marijuana, it's considered medicine in Michigan and nearly two dozen other states and has been legalized in multiple states as well.
It can be smoked, eaten, and even made into a drink. Despite states legalizing small amounts, it's still the most common illegal drug in the country and worldwide.
Parents were warned about the dangers in the 1930's propaganda film, "Reefer Madness" and it was often the drug of choice during the psychedelic 60's and on the big screen. After being the punchline at the movies, these days medical marijuana is increasingly a serious business.
A growing number of people are turning to the chemical composition of cannabis in search of relief from everything from severe pain to seizures. Chances are you or someone you know is using medical marijuana. According to state figures from 2016, more than two percent of Michigan residents have a medical marijuana card. There are an estimated 90,984 medical marijuana patients in the 5-county area of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
That's more people than the capacity crowds for both Ford Field and Little Caesar's arena combined.
Today on FOX 2 news, we're taking a deep look into the medical marijuana argument and business. We're streaming the special live on our Facebook page at 11:30. Check back for an embed.