Medical Marijuana
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Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
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In 1970, 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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3/4/2015 - Votes and Polls on Medical Marijuana - New polls in Iowa and Utah show that more than 70% of those surveyed support the legalization of medical marijuana.

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2/27/2015 – 60 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Medical Marijuana – See our compilation of 60 scientific studies on medical marijuana's utility or lack of utility in treating 16 health conditions including multiple sclerosis, cancer, and pain.

2/10/2015 - 10 States with Pending Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana – States that are currently considering the legalization of medical marijuana are FL, GA, IN, KS, KY, MO, NE, ND, PA and SC. Legislation in Mississippi has already failed.

2/9/2015 - 11 US Surgeons General and Their Views on Medical Marijuana – Dr. Vivek Murthy, the current US Surgeon General, said "preliminary data” shows that medical marijuana "can be helpful" in some situations.

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