WHAT ARE THE MEDICINAL
BENEFITS OF USING
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
|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
|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
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia feel differently.
They allow approved patients to possess marijuana for medical
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Book title: Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Contributors: Jonathan P. Caulkins - Author, Angela Hawken - Author, Beau Kilmer - Author, Mark A.R. Kleiman - Author.
Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2012.
Page number: 94.
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