Legalization of Medical Marijuana

1167 WordsJan 26, 20185 Pages
In April of 1998, the Green Party released an official statement supporting medicinal marijuana stating, "We support the legal reclassification of marijuana to allow its availability in the medical treatment of serious illnesses. We oppose the harassment and prosecution of patients, providers, and physicians who respectively use, provide, or recommend marijuana for the medical treatment of serious illnesses." In 1972 the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have "no accepted medical use."(5) 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. Opposers of medicinal marijuana argue of harmful side effects, learning disabilities and potential drug abuse. History of medicinal marijuana: What is THC: How does marijuana work: What can be treated with medicinal cannabis? There are many illnesses that can be treated by medicinal marijuana. In cases of patients with glaucoma, it has shown that medicinal marijuana has helped to lessen nerve pressure in the eye. For cancer patients, marijuana reaches the part of the brain that suppresses pain, stimulates appetite and combats nausea associated with chemotherapy. Marijuana helps relieves spasms and contractions in people with multiple sclerosis and prevents seizures of people with epilepsy. Is it safer than prescription
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