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Medical marijuana going mainstream

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Interesting article in McClatchy by Tony Pugh:

The medical marijuana industry is beginning to show its age.After humble California beginnings in 1996, 15 states and the District of Columbia now have legalized marijuana use for ill patients who have a doctor’s recommendation.

Medical marijuana has been found to help with chronic pain, nausea and other symptoms of diseases including cancer, muscular dystrophy and AIDS. Nearly 25 million Americans are medically eligible to buy marijuana.

Sales are expected to hit $1.7 billion this year. Just last week, a San Francisco-based outfit, the ArcView Group, formed the industry’s first investment network to link cannabis entrepreneurs to qualified investors with “seed” money.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that this industry is growing and that there are untold riches to be made here,” said Troy Dayton, the chief executive of the ArcView Group.

In coming months, Arizona, New Jersey, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia will launch programs, joining eight states where medical marijuana is sold legally. Those states are California, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Washington and New Mexico.

But around the country, some law enforcement officials have expressed concern that medical marijuana could be obtained by relatively healthy people who could get a recommendation from a physician by lying or overstating their pain and suffering. . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

30 March 2011 at 8:19 pm

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  1. Advocate who want to legalize medical marijuana make an impression that it is a reasonable alternative to conventional drugs. However, unlike conventional drugs, smokable marijuana has not passed the meticulous inspection of scientific investigation and has not been found safe and effective in treating pain, nausea and vomiting or even with wasting syndrome. It has no credibility at all! It has not passed the strictness of scientific investigation. And it causes HARM…definitely!

    Nancy

    3 August 2011 at 3:26 am

  2. Some of the lack of scientific investigation is due to the government’s not allowing scientific investigation: as a Schedule I drug, marijuana is not available for study except in extraordinary circumstances. When it has been studied, it has been found to be efficacious.

    But I’m most intrigued by your (unsupported) statement that marijuana causes harm. You don’t specify what sort of harm, nor do you provide a link for any findings or reports to support the statement. So I suppose that I can mount a refutation of the same validity: “Marijuana does NOT cause harm…definitely!”

    However, my argument is no more convincing than yours. Perhaps we could advance this: you specify the kind(s) of harm that marijuana does, and you provide links to supporting research. That would be helpful.

    LeisureGuy

    3 August 2011 at 4:46 am

  3. Studies provide evidences that smoking marijuana can have a positive result on disorders such as Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or even depression. On the other hand, it also shows that there are also actual negative effects concerning this thought.

    Patients with bipolar disorder have been shown to actually become better after smoking marijuana by increasing the rate at which these patients go from high to low. While with depression, users have reported that their moods turned out better.

    There are also research that uses lab rats and animals with the same result that marijuana can act as an anti-depressant. However, with the studies done for humans it’s the opposite. Instead of calming the patient, it’s actually pushing the subjects further into depression.

    Nancy

    4 August 2011 at 11:22 pm

  4. Links, Nancy, links. I can read the statements, but I want the studies. I know patients who have been able to drop their anti-depressant in favor of medical marijuana. That’s anecdote, of course, not a study, but it makes me doubt the casual statement that medical marijuana pushes subjects further into depression: it did not, in the cases I know. Quite the opposite.

    LeisureGuy

    5 August 2011 at 6:13 am


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