Pros And Cons Of Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana continues to be a federal vs state level issue, since it remains illegal federally, but more than half of the states have passed laws authorizing the medical use of marijuana. This creates an ethical dilemma for medical personnel especially those working within the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). The VA provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans. Federal banning marijuana leads to a lack of trusted research of the drug with medical conditions, therefore it also limits the knowledge of marijuana side effects, medication interactions, effectiveness, contraindications, dosage levels, and precautions (Adams, Holland & Urban, 2017). Congress has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug, but also needed to adjust federal enforcement priorities due to several states legalizing marijuana for medical use. Federally marijuana is an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2017). Federal law states that marijuana has no medical benefits by labeling it as a Schedule I drug (Cole, 2013). The United States Drug Enforcement Administration defines Schedule I as “drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse (DEA, n.d.).” Federal guidance for states which have enacted laws authorizing medical use, production, distribution, or possession of marijuana is to establish regulations and guidelines for protecting the
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