Medical Marijuana Essay

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Medical Marijuana

One of the most controversial issues in the United States is over medical marijuana. Many experiments test the validity of the drug as a medicine, and results of these experiments receive much praise but also some critique. The DEA and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are battling over the issue. The underlying matter that cannot be ignored is that marijuana proves to be a useful medication for many patients, especially those with wasting diseases such as AIDS and cancer. In 1996 California passed Proposition 215, which allowed the use of medical marijuana (4444). Since then, six other states have made medical marijuana legal; Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, and
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Now, as long as you are willing to show that it is high-quality research and also provide your own funding, you can have access to medical marijuana (66666)". The decision of the Clinton Administration came two months after a government-sponsored study concluded that "the active ingredients in marijuana, called cannabinoids, appeared useful for treating pain, nausea, and severe weight loss in AIDS patients (666666)." No evidence of marijuana being a "gateway drug" was found. The study also came up with some surprising results. It found that treating glaucoma through marijuana was not as useful as we thought. The drug does reduce eye pressure, but the effects are short-lived. The same study found that marijuana was effective in relieving muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis (888888). At the 13th International AIDS Conference on July 13, 2000, Dr. Donald Abrams of the University of California released the results of the $1 million study of marijuana on AIDS patients. Abram's concern was "to determine whether the chemical components of marijuana in any way interfered with the body's ability to break down components of protease inhibitors". Protease inhibitors are relatively new antiviral drugs that help HIV patients retain a healthy
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