Medical Marijuana

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During the last 20-30 years, there had been a great amount of controversy within the scientific and medical field over the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Recently, however, since more research has occurred the public has taken firm positions on the issue. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug on the DEA's list of controlled substances. This means that there are no currently accepted medical uses for the drug. Through research and testing many doctors hope to some change Marijuana to a Schedule II drug, meaning its safe for limited use. (Y) I fully support them in their testing and believe that marijuana is a less harmful and more beneficial drug for treating some illnesses than some of the drugs on the market today.

According to Igor Grant, MD, the director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego, studies in the 1980's showed that the body makes its own cannabis-like compounds, called 'cannabinoids'.

These compounds help to calm down excited nerve cells in the body. This discovery leads to broader research of "medical marijuana". Researches found that the use of marijuana helps to combat muscle spasms, chronic pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy, which allows patients to maintain crucial weight for survival. Although studies have shown, but not concluded, use of the drug may lower eye pressure in glaucoma patients, control spasms due to multiple sclerosis, and relieve and chronic pain. (DeNoon) California Proposition 215 allows doctors to recommend marijuana, but not prescribe it. This proposition also exempts the prosecution of seriously ill patients who possess or cultivate the drub for medical treatment on the recommendation of a physician. (Y)Although the use of marijuana has many positive affects, there are still people in society that believe it should remain...