Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the NORML Foundation
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"Evidence indicates that marijuana and its derivatives are suitable for patients suffering from various types of chronic pain, especially those unresponsive to traditional analgesics. In addition, cannabis may offer fewer negative side-effects than opioids - which can be highly addictive - and NSAIDS [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs], which can induce stomach ulcers, bleeding, and kidney failure."
"Marijuana Spray Arrests Pain in MS, Spinal Cord Patients, Study Says," news release, NORML website, Sep. 6, 2001