Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?

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, 29 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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Notices for Medical Marijuana and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
How Addictive Is Marijuana?
4/12/2018 - Expert opinions on the addictiveness of cannabis range from less addictive than caffeine to "highly addicting." Read quotes and find estimates of marijuana dependence in our updated question.

Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?
4/5/2018 - Explore the debate over using marijuana to treat pain with quotes from experts such as pain-management physician Dr. Pedro Oliveros (pro), Director of the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center Dr. Daniel Clauw (con), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (pro), the US Food and Drug Administration (con), and more.

Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
3/29/2018 - Read quotes from experts such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN (now pro), former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg (con), pain-management physician Pedro Oliveros (pro), registered nurse Mary Haag (con), and more than 50 others.

Archived Notices

Last updated on 4/24/2018 10:17:49 AM PST

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, 29 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.

[Note: We do not provide referrals to or recommendations of marijuana dispensaries, cannabis clubs, physicians, or attorneys although we do reference them on this website.]
Medical Marijuana ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions related to whether or not marijuana should be a medical option.









Notices for Medical Marijuana and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
How Addictive Is Marijuana?
4/12/2018 - Expert opinions on the addictiveness of cannabis range from less addictive than caffeine to "highly addicting." Read quotes and find estimates of marijuana dependence in our updated question.

Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?
4/5/2018 - Explore the debate over using marijuana to treat pain with quotes from experts such as pain-management physician Dr. Pedro Oliveros (pro), Director of the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center Dr. Daniel Clauw (con), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (pro), the US Food and Drug Administration (con), and more.

Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
3/29/2018 - Read quotes from experts such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN (now pro), former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg (con), pain-management physician Pedro Oliveros (pro), registered nurse Mary Haag (con), and more than 50 others.

Archived Notices

Last updated on 4/24/2018 10:17:49 AM PST