There are seventeen states, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Washington, D.C., where the use of marijuana is considered legal for a variety of medical reasons ranging from ALS to terminal cancer.
The use of marijuana has been found by proponents to reduce stress, pain, increase appetite as it decreases nausea, and according to some, increase well being.
Opponents say there are 20 times the carcinogenic properties in the smoke of marijuana vs. cigarette smoke. They also say it is a gateway to more serious drugs like cocaine, meth, or even heroin.
That being said, many states are in the process of making marijuana legal for medical purposes. New York is considering not its legality for medical purposes right now, but making the possession of small amounts of marijuana a finable violation vs. a misdemeanor which is a jailable offense. But that is another subject.
I heard on the radio that a man was arrested in California for the possession of medical marijuana, where the substance is currently considered legal for medical use. I was confused, so I looked it up. Having a recommendation from a physician means you have been approved to USE marijuana for your current medical condition, it does not mean you can't be arrested for the possession, possession for sale, transporting a legal substance, and it would be your responsibility to prove your possession was for medical purposes.
The amount you are allowed to possess varies from state to state, the smallest being one oz. usable product, (Alaska, Montana, Nevada) to 24 oz. usable product (Washington and Oregon). And 14 of the 17 states also allow for personal cultivation.
I don't have a problem with this drug being used medicinally. There are plenty of drugs with side effects and notoriety that are currently in use today that in my opinion, are far more problematic than marijuana. There is a drug out there now that is used for psoriasis that hinders your immune system--it basically induces an autoimmune state. Some of the warnings attached to this drug caution the user of the possibility of infections, increases in certain cancers and tuberculosis. Many pain-killers have an addictive quality and can also cause the patient problems.
We would never consider taking pain-killers away from the population that needs them, but we cannot seem to agree that it is OK to give marijuana to the sufferers of chemotherapy side effects, intense pressure of glaucoma, certain types of pain, MS, AIDS, HIV, or seizures. Could this because of the stigma attached to it left over from the 60s?
So, it is safe to say marijuana is legal for certain medical conditions. In certain places. Just don't get caught with it driving home from the clinic.
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