Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"Marijuana has not been shown to be a safe and effective drug in lowering intraocular pressure and preventing optic nerve damage for glaucoma patients. To maintain a low intraocular pressure with marijuana, a person would have to smoke a joint every 1 to 2 hours, 10 to 12 joints a day, and 4,000 a year. In the last five years, the FDA approved two new drugs for glaucoma, and more are expected soon. Each of these drugs have been a significant improvement and far better than anything that marijuana ever did.
THC, the marijuana ingredient associated with health benefits, is currently available in pill form as Marinol. Marinol is research-tested and can be prescribed in known and precise doses, unlike smoked marijuana. For each medical condition for which smoked marijuana is claimed to be beneficial, there are other drugs available that are superior to marijuana...
For years, this country has maintained a national commitment to ensuring that medicines are proven safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before being approved for use by the public. Medicine must rely on science. Based on the thousands of studies that have been done, the FDA and major medical groups do not support the medicinal use of marijuana. It is inconsistent for a state to seek damages against the tobacco industry for the uninvited costs to the state that smoking tobacco has caused, and to then turn around and invite new costs to the state by promoting marijuana."
"The Dangers of Marijuana," Educating Voices website (accessed Oct. 22, 2009)
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"Educating Voices, Inc. (EVI) is a national organization founded to proactively support education and communication of the dangers of marijuana and other drugs and to share truthful, well-researched information with activists, the public and key communicators in various fields.
EVI is a volunteer organization comprised of a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board. It is incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Illinois and is an IRS approved 501(C)(3).
The EVI Board members have a total of over 300 years of experience and expertise in drug prevention."