Medical Marijuana And Cannabis Programs

1851 WordsFeb 23, 20178 Pages
Medical Marijuana: Did you know that it is fact there are currently 26 states, to include Guam and the District of Columbia, that currently allow public medical marijuana and cannabis programs? The first state that passed the law to allow medical marijuana, Proposition 215, was California in 1996. (1) As of right now, the recreational use of the drug is legal in only two states, Washington State and Colorado. Marijuana is used for both recreational and medicinal uses. It is poorly looked upon by many because of stereotypes such as gangster, laziness, stupidity, and a poor work ethics. The use of marijuana presents questions for both the problems and medical issues. The earliest record was in ancient China, dating back to 2737 BC. It…show more content…
(6) Currently the U.S. federal government provides and grows cannabis for a few patients, paid by federal dollars. Since the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may assistance in treating a range of illnesses or symptoms, many people claim that it should be legal for medical purposes. In point, a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use. In the report, author Barney Warf describes how cannabis use originated thousands of years ago in Asia, and has later found its way to several regions of the world, and in time spreading to the Americas and the United States. (3) It was mainly used for spiritual purposes and medicine. Primitive Germans used it during child birth and toothaches for pain relief. The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole natural marijuana plant or its basic excerpts to treat a disease, sickness or symptoms of a doomed fatal medical diagnosis. Currently there are 8 medical conditions that patients can use cannabis: Cancer, Severe pain, Muscle spasms, HIV/AIDS, Severe nausea, Rapid weight loss, Seizures, and Glaucoma. Some of these states allow the use of medical marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Some states refuse to allow medical marijuana for all of the conditions allowed and the amount given varies from state to state. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to recognize or approve the marijuana plant
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