Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know

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WHAT ARE THE MEDICINAL
BENEFITS OF USING
MARIJUANA?

Does marijuana have medical value?
It depends who you ask. The U.S. federal government unwaveringly argues that marijuana has no medicinal value, the states’ positions are mixed, pro-marijuana advocacy groups often paint it as a wonder drug, the public is mostly positive, and expert medical opinion falls somewhere in the middle of this muddle.Federal law and regulations require that a drug meet five conditions in order to be accepted as a medicine in the United States:
1. The drug’s chemistry must be known and reproducible.
2. There must be adequate safety studies.
3. There must be adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy.
4. The drug must be accepted by qualified experts.
5. The scientific evidence must be widely available.

The federal government insists that marijuana does not meet these conditions.

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia feel differently. They allow approved patients to possess marijuana for medical

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