Dr. Elizabeth Sachs
12 November 2013
Source Evaluation: Medical Marijuana
In the article "The cannabis conundrum: medication v. regulation" written by Moira Gibbons; in December of 2011, she explains both the beneficial uses and dangers of Medical Marijuana. It is a very enlightening factual editorial, that describes the marijuana plant itself, along with its life changing effects, but also the dilemmas involved with Cannabis. The article gives stupendous knowledge concerning the ongoing continuous battle with Cannabis verse law enforcement and the aiding factors leading to its modern legalization in numerous states.
The article gives close-up views on the possible usage of Medical Marijuana to treat illnesses, but also describes a crime related pattern when dealing with Marijuana dispensaries in legalized states, such as California. From describing what a "bud" of marijuana looks like; and where it comes from, to the medical uses, Gibbons gives us reliable aspects about Cannabis. Gibbons states "Cannabis sativa has numerous narrow, green, razor-edged leaves and can reach heights of four to ten feet or more depending on the subspecies and growing conditions. Marijuana is a relatively pretty plant during the leafing, or vegetative state. However, the female plant morphs into sticky, fuzzy-looking, "snowy" masses of trichomes, or hair-like projections, which are located on the small leaves accompanying the flowering tops, a far cry from garden daisies" (Gibbons 3).
With there being positive, but yet no necessarily proven medical used for Marijuana, research continues daily on seeing whether it's a advantageous medicine or not. Research has suggested that Medical Marijuana has had positive impacts on certain health conditions such as pain, soreness, nausea, etc… "The IOM report recommended that, under certain conditions, short-term smoked marijuana be used by patients with debilitating symptoms such as intractable pain or