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Medical Marijuana Articles 2015-2011
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Medical Marijuana has shown positive results for:

  • Relieving the Horrible Pain and Misery of Chemotherapy
  • Treating Glaucoma and Helps Prevent Blindness
  • Relieving the Painful Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Helping Control Epileptic Seizures and Parkinson's Disease
  • Relieving the Pain and Inflammation of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Slowing Alzheimer's Disease and Reducing Dementia
  • And Other Less Well Known Medical Problems

But the scientific support for these benefits is not as unequivocal
as medical marijuana advocates would like. Read the articles below.

12-21-15 Can drug courts stop overdose deaths in heroin epidemic?
Can drug courts stop overdose deaths in heroin epidemic?
New Hampshire's court system and emergency services are being overwhelmed by a heroin epidemic - but is locking up addicts the answer? In the second part of the BBC's series on the epidemic, Franz Strasser visits a so-called drug court where non-violent offenders are put into treatment programmes rather than sent to prison. These courts exist in just half of the state's counties, however, and the treatment services can only help a fraction of those who are addicted to either heroin or legal painkillers.

12-21-15 Unlikely face of heroin epidemic in small town America
Unlikely face of heroin epidemic in small town America
Drug-related deaths have soared in New Hampshire, where an influx of cheap heroin has claimed victims from every section of society. The state is facing an epidemic of addiction and overdoses. Voters in the state, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary in February, say drugs are now their biggest concern. In the first of a two-part series, the BBC's Franz Strasser explores the origins of the epidemic and the devastating impact it's having on families and communities.

11-10-15 Smoking weed is now a human right in Mexico
Smoking weed is now a human right in Mexico
Mexico has ruled that banning personal use of cannabis violates the human right to free development of one's personality. Will other countries follow suit? Is smoking weed a human right? Days after voters in the US state of Ohio rejected a proposal to legalise cannabis for recreational use, Mexico has ruled that smoking pot is a fundamental human right. The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by 4 to 1 that banning the consumption and cultivation of cannabis for personal use violates the human right to free development of one’s personality. “This vote by Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons,” says Hannah Hetzer of the US Drug Policy Alliance, which campaigns for the relaxation of drug laws. “First, it’s being argued on human-rights grounds, and secondly, it’s taking place in one of the countries that has suffered most from the war on drugs,” she says.

11-5-15 Here's the nightmare scenario for pot legalization
Here's the nightmare scenario for pot legalization
Mark my words: Pot will be legal. Mark my words: We're going to be completely boneheaded about it. I think the first proposition is, at this point, uncontroversial. The progress of the cause of pot legalization in the polls is striking. More states are considering some form of it. And there is indeed a lot to be said for the idea: Pot doesn't seem obviously worse than liquor, and the drug war, which has destroyed countless lives over non-violent crimes, does seem excessive. Plus, it's corrosive to the rule of law when something widely practiced, including by future presidents, is formally illegal. The second proposition is not at the forefront of people's minds, but it's actually very important. And, obviously, our public policy process is not exactly known for competence, so we should be worried. Pot might not be as harmful as crack cocaine, or the bubonic plague, but it is not completely harmless. Yes, pot is not as dangerous as 1980s PSAs would have had you believe, and yes, the "gateway drug" notion is probably false. But while most pot users remain casual smokers and aren't harmed by it, a small minority of users really do become addicted, and really do damage their bodies and their brains for the long term. We all know That Guy.

10-21-15 In U.S., 58% Back Legal Marijuana Use
In U.S., 58% Back Legal Marijuana Use
A majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58% holding that view, tying the high point in Gallup's 46-year trend. Majority favors legal marijuana for third consecutive year. Younger generations more supportive than older generations. Older generations more supportive than they were in the past.

Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not? Gallop Poll Results

10-20-15 Is the UN about to recommend decriminalisation of all drugs?
Is the UN about to recommend decriminalisation of all drugs?
A document apparently recommending that governments decriminalise all illegal drugs is under review at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The war on drugs has taken an interesting turn. In a blog post published on Monday, businessman Richard Branson said that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was planning to release a statement at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Malaysia recommending that governments decriminalise all illegal drugs. A long-time advocate of changing drug policies, Branson wrote that he “could not be more delighted” with this apparent development. The UNODC has since published a statement saying that the briefing paper mentioned by Branson isn’t a final or formal document and that there has been an “unfortunate misunderstanding” regarding the intention of the document. It does, however, state that a document is under review. So, if such a recommendation were to be released in the future, governments across the globe would need to decide whether to follow Portugal’s example. The country “de-penalised” the use of all drugs in 2001. David Nutt, chair of the UK’s Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs and former UK government advisor, says that he would fully support such a move from the UNODC. “For recreational drug users criminalisation will do more harm than the drugs they use, and for addicts they need to be treated for the illness they suffer, not persecuted,” he says. Alex Stevens, professor of criminal justice at the University of Kent, UK, also supports such a potential move. He notes the many drawbacks of criminalisation, including discouraging “people who need treatment for drug dependence from seeking it”.

8-19-15 E-spliff on sale in UK designed to relieve pain minus the high
E-spliff on sale in UK designed to relieve pain minus the high
A device called MediPen is said to contain hemp oil imbued with 20 per cent cannabidiol – the compound thought to be responsible for weed's health benefits. It’s an e-cigarette made using a strain of marijuana high in cannabidiol (CBD), the compound thought to give cannabis its purported medical benefits, and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the one that gets you high. “Many people who use cannabis medicinally don’t want to get high or dislike having to puff smoke”.

6-23-2015 Medical marijuana offers only weedy health benefits
by the JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association
Medical marijuana offers only weedy health benefits
Don’t expect marijuana to perform medical miracles. That’s the message from a huge review of 79 clinical trials undertaken between 1975 and 2015 that assessed the merit of taking cannabinoids – the active component in cannabis – to treat different health conditions. Most trials reported greater improvement in symptoms with cannabinoids compared to control groups, but they didn’t usually reach statistical significance.

6-1-2015 Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets
by Hampton Sides in National Geographic Magazine
Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets
As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease. There's nothing new about cannabis, of course. It's been around humankind pretty much forever. In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial mounds dating back to 3000 B.C. The Chinese were using cannabis as a medicine thousands of years ago. Marijuana is deeply American too - as American as George Washington, who grew hemp at Mount Vernon. For most of the country's history, cannabis was legal, commonly found in tinctures and extracts.

6-5-2014 Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use
by the The New England Journal of Medicine
Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use
which has reviewed 77 studies of the effects of marijuana use, with both positive and negative effects. Includes charts and tables of the results.

2011 The Adverse Effects of Marijuana (for healthcare professionals)
by CSAM, the California Society of Addiction Medicine
The Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana (for healthcare professionals)
which has reviewed 20 studies of the effects of marijuana use, with both positive and negative effects.

With doctor's advice and under prescription control legalizing
Medical Marijuana seems like a good idea, but the above scientific
facts will help you decide whether to support it or not.

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Medical Marijuana Articles 2015-2011