Several states have passed referendums on their ballots to legalize medical marijuana . The results could be the result voters’ bias. Those in favor may have voted yes by seeing it as an opportunity to use marijuana recreationally and legally. Those not in favor may have voted that way because, “it’s illegal now, keep it that way.” Are the voters informed or voting by bias? The answer is probably yes.
Conditions To Use Medical Marijuana
The states that have approved marijuana for medical use have put restrictions that prevent recreational use. These include restricting use to specified diseases and conditions, limiting the amount possessed at one time, require a written prescription by a physician and proof of state citizenship. States may place restrictions on home cultivation of medical marijuana. Marijuana growers are required to register and approved by a state agency. These requirements, and others, vary from state to state.
Perhaps the most well known way to take marijuana is smoking, but there are other ways. Some consider vaporizing, such as steaming vegetables, and inhaling, are better as the benefits are said to last longer. Eating marijuana in baked goods also may prolong the medical benefits.
Marijuana, or cannabis, is thought to have curative powers on several forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. It is said to help glaucoma and enable those on chemotherapy and radiation treatments to eat and gain weight. Some believe it is a method to relieve pain. Proponents for medical marijuana think it should be available for those, and other ailments, to those who need it. It should be regarded as medicine like any other prescription drug, and allow doctors to prescribe it if they think a patient would benefit using medical marijuana.
Those that oppose marijuana for medical use point out components of cannabis have been isolated for medical use. These are available to patients to take without the negative parts of the whole plant. There are many other drugs available to use for the ailments marijuana purports to cure. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychotropic compound, and opponents feel this requires more investigation before allowing it widespread use as it has the potential to cause harm. They point out that a majority of medical marijuana users are young, apparently healthy people. These marijuana users point out the herb helps them overcome pain, and pain is hard to prove. A statement that marijuana is good because it is natural product, can be countered that so are mushrooms, but some are poison.
As with other herbs and herbal supplements, there hasn’t been as much research on cannabis to prove or disprove the claims of either side. The American Medical Association (AMA) would like to see marijuana reclassified in order to test the chemistry to validate what medical benefits, if any, it has. Much of the current information about medical marijuana is word of mouth and antidotal and unsubstantiated by tests. Other herbal supplements fail to deliver claimed benefits when independently tested. More independent and controlled tests and studies would be more definitive in proving or disproving the medical capabilities of marijuana.