Medical Marijuana
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Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
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In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have "no accepted medical use." Since then, 23 of 50 US states and DC have legalized the medical use of marijuana.

Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions. They cite dozens of peer-reviewed studies, prominent medical organizations, major government reports, and the use of marijuana as medicine throughout world history.

Opponents of medical marijuana argue that it is too dangerous to use, lacks FDA-approval, and that various legal drugs make marijuana use unnecessary. They say marijuana is addictive, leads to harder drug use, interferes with fertility, impairs driving ability, and injures the lungs, immune system, and brain. They say that medical marijuana is a front for drug legalization and recreational use.


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7/28/2014  - UPDATED: Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Patients Suffering from Severe / Chronic Pain? - Read quotes from Gregory T. Carter, MD, Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Washington (pro), Gregory Bunt, MD, Medical Director at Daytop Village (con), the Mayo Clinic (pro), the US Food and Drug Administration (con), along with more doctors and organizations.

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