In a recent article, published by NBC News and written by Advocates for the Disabled and Seriously Ill, there was much support for marijuana and its medicinal use. The effectively of marijuana for medical purposes is still debatable by many. With new research arising from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) claiming the effects of medicinal marijuana will slow or stop the growth of lung cancer cells as well as breast cancer cells. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), on the other hand, still affirms its stance on marijuana as seen on their webpage. The DEA provides access, on their webpage, to a pamphlet titled “The DEA position on marijuana.” Within this pamphlet the “Drug Enforcement Administration” (n.d.) states: The campaign to legitimize what is called “medical” marijuana is based on two propositions: first, that science views marijuana as medicine; and second, that the DEA targets sick and dying people using the drug. Neither proposition is true. Specifically, smoked marijuana has not withstood the rigors of science–it is not medicine, and it is not safe. Moreover, the DEA targets criminals engaged in the cultivation and trafficking of marijuana, not the sick and dying. This is true even in the 15 states that have approved the use of “medical” marijuana.
According to "Press Release on NBC News.com" (2013), “The patients contend the Federal government and various municipalities are trying to prevent them from obtaining cannabis for medical purposes in direct contravention of state laws by denying patients the ability to obtain a medicine.” The problem with this statement is that marijuana is still and remains a scheduled one controlled substance. This controlled substance is not in the same class as any other prescription medicine. So far it remains in a class with the remainder of illegal drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration (2007) defines a schedule one drug as. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. The