Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"Marijuana use and possession is illegal in the state of Ohio. Cleveland Clinic does not recommend the use of illegal substances to treat health conditions."
Email to ProCon.org, Mar. 1, 2012
[Editor's Note: Prior to its Mar. 1, 2012 position statement above, the Cleveland Clinic also expressed a Not Clearly Pro or Con position in its May 21, 2009 website article titled "Alternative and Complementary Therapies for MS" and excerpted below.]
"The use of marijuana to treat any illness remains highly controversial. Some people with MS claim that smoking marijuana helps relieve spasticity and other MS-related symptoms. However, there is little evidence to date that marijuana really works. Research is ongoing to answer this important question. Until more is known, doctors do not recommend the use of marijuana to treat MS, as the drug is associated with serious long-term side effects such as heart attack or memory loss." While the excerpt seems clearly Con to marijuana use for treatment of MS symptoms, it is not considered clearly Con to our broader core question "Should marijuana be a medical option?"
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