Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Why is marijuana still against the law?

Tomorrow(today) marks the 10-year anniversary of the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark study on medical cannabis: “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.”
So what have we learned in the ten years following the release of this groundbreaking study?
We’ve affirmed that the use of medical marijuana can be used remarkably safely and effectively.
We’ve learned that cannabis possesses therapeutic value beyond symptom management, and that it can, in some cases, moderate disease progression.
We¹ve discovered alternative methods to safely, effectively and rapidly deliver marijuana’s therapeutic properties to patients that don’t involve smoking.
We¹ve learned that restricted patient access to medicinal cannabis will not necessarily result in higher use rates among young people or among the general public.
And finally we¹ve learned — much to the chagrin of medical marijuana opponents — that in fact the sky will not fall if we grant patients the right to use it.
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