Medical Marijuana

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Alcohol accounts for 100,000 deaths annually in America. Cigarettes claim 400,000 American's lives every year. The use of all illegal drugs combined - cocaine, heroin, marijuana, angel dust, LSD, etc. account for only about 3,000 deaths annually. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, however, there have been no deaths that can be unequivocally attributed to marijuana use. Yet, the federal government has banned the use of marijuana, while allowing alcohol and cigarettes, even allowing them to be advertised on television and in magazines. Cigarettes cause lung cancer, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, among many other long term diseases. Compared with cigarettes and alcohol, the health risks and societal costs associated with even chronic marijuana use are mild. In fact, Marijuana even prevents chronic loss of appetite associated with chemotherapy and AIDS, along with a variety of rare muscular and skeletal disorders. Less commonly, cannabis has been used in the treatment of alcoholism and addiction to other drugs such as heroin and the prevention of migraines. Cigarettes and alcohol have no known medical values. In the 1980s six states' health departments performed studies on the efficacy of marijuana. Tests conducted in New Mexico with 250 patients showed that Marijuana is far superior to the best available drug, Compazine, and smoked marijuana is clearly superior to oral THC. The report stated, "More than ninety percent of the patients who received marijuana reported significant or total relief from nausea and vomiting". No major side effects were reported. In the New York study, conducted in three hospitals with 199 patients, Marijuana succeeded, overall at all 3 hospitals, at reducing emesis (nausea and vomiting) in 92.9% of the cases. Marijuana was the most effective antiemetic, or drugs used to treat nausea and/or vomiting. The Tennessee experiment studied the effect of marijuana on patients who had failed...
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