Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Why is medical marijuana still against the law?

By Adriana Stuijt - Paul Armentano, deputy director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, writes that this decade, medical marijuana has gone from the fringe to the mainstream. So why is it still against the law?

He writes: "This is 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.” see Also see and also Canada use here

"When the White House commissioned this report in response to the passage of California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996, many in the mainstream media, and many more lawmakers, were skeptical about marijuana’s potential therapeutic value.

"The publication of the Institute of Medicine’s findings — which concluded that cannabis possessed medicinal properties to control pain and nausea, and to stimulate appetite — provided the issue with long-overdue credibility, and began in earnest a political discourse that continues today.

"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. see
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