The Debate On Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana
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There has been much debate over the years about the medical benefits of marijuana. The federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Drugs considered Schedule I are reported to have a high potential for abuse, are listed as having no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and may not be prescribed.

Many feel that medical marijuana should be reclassified as a Schedule II drug which may be legally prescribed. Schedule II drugs are still considered to have a high potential for abuse, considered to have a high potential for psychological or physical dependence, but are available with prescription. They are also considered to have accepted medical uses.

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Several states have legalized marijuana for medical use. These state laws have been at odds with the federal laws. President Obama said during the campaign that states should make their own rules on medical marijuana. Four marijuana clubs in the Los Angeles area were raided by federal agents in early February.

The federal government has not recognized state laws that legalized marijuana for medicinal use. However, in a press conference this past week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Michele Leonhart by his side, told reporters that President Barack Obama will hold true to his campaign promises and that fed-led raids of cannabis clubs operating legally under state laws will come to a close.

There is increasing evidence that marijuana is of some benefit for easing pain and nausea and in some case improving appetite in chronic disease states. The states that do allow medical marijuana use limit it to debilitating medical conditions (ie cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, etc), or patients whose chronic disease condition or its treatment produces side effects/symptoms that are difficult to treat (ie cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, etc)

Source
Michigan Medical Marijuana Program
American Medical Association
FDA Drug Scheduling

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Comments

For a non toxic herb, how bout no schedule like it was before Harry Anslinger created this 'marijuana' mess in 1937.
I use it, and have never met anyone with a marijuana dependancy. The illusion of how harmful cannabis is just laughable! For a substance that is less debilitating than alcohol and contains less toxins than cigarette smoke, it sure recieves a lot of flack.
Every single drug on the Schedule 1 list has an "accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." Cocaine is a local anesthetic. LSD has serious psychiatric uses. Etc. The whole list is a lie. There is NO SUCH THING as a schedule 1 drug. The entire category should be erased.
Seems to me a far gone conclusion that it has medically sound therapeutic uses, but there is still one little problem...... ....The FDA, DEA, Surgeon General, and AMA will never endorse 'smoked' anything as medicine. Why? Because they've been on a campaign for 5 decades now telling people NOT to smoke. Answer: we must develop new delivery systems for the organic extracts or synthetic compounds. We could have liquid gel capsules, trans-dermal patches, inhalers, and things like that. I personally would find a spray-mist from an inhaler, like they use fore asthma, a real gift. There's already a few bills in Congress each year on this reclassification issue. Everyone concerned could write, e-mail, or call their Representatives before each vote comes up. Let's reclassify it to Schedule II and start medical research programs, NOW.
Herb is a plant, a plant from the earth. It is not man made so how is it that men in power can say you must not smoke herb? Mankind has been using hemp/cannabis for thousands of years as a textile, oil,medicine. Heck even Henry Ford made a model T that ran on hemp oil! Enducate! Free your mind from illusions cast down on us by goverment and the greedy corperations like DOW. Polyester's biggest compeditor is not cotton, it is HEMP!