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Medical marijuana is used as a form of herbal therapy which is recommended for chronic pain or nausea. Also knows as medicinal cannabis, it consists of flowers and subtending leaves and stalks of mature pistillate of female parts.  
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Medical marijuana is used as a form of herbal therapy which is recommended for chronic pain or nausea. Also knows as medicinal cannabis, it consists of flowers and subtending leaves and stalks of mature pistillate of female parts.
  
Fourteen states have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana. <ref>http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881</ref>
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Fourteen states have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana. <ref>http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881</ref>
 
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== Overview  ==
 
== Overview  ==
  
Medical marijuana ("cannabis") has been used as medicine since between 2,000 and 5,000 B.C. in China. The U.S. Pharmacopoeia, a non-governmental agency setting standards for prescription and over-the-county medicines, rejected cannabis as form of treatment in 1942.<ref>http://www.phillynorml.org/medijuana/cannabis/medical</ref> <br>  
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Medical marijuana ("cannabis") has been used as medicine since between 2,000 and 5,000 B.C. in China. The U.S. Pharmacopoeia, a non-governmental agency setting standards for prescription and over-the-county medicines, rejected cannabis as form of treatment in 1942.<ref>http://www.phillynorml.org/medijuana/cannabis/medical</ref> <br>
  
In 1972, cannabis was placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because the U.S. government considered it to have "no accepted medical use in treatment". <ref>http://www.theory.caltech.edu/people/patricia/scisoc.html</ref>Currently, 14 of 50 U.S. states have approved the medical use of marijuana for qualified patients.<ref>http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000140</ref> These include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.<br>  
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In 1972, cannabis was placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because the U.S. government considered it to have "no accepted medical use in treatment". <ref>http://www.theory.caltech.edu/people/patricia/scisoc.html</ref>Currently, 14 of 50 U.S. states have approved the medical use of marijuana for qualified patients.<ref>http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000140</ref> These include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.<br>
  
 
== Proponents of Medical Marijuana  ==
 
== Proponents of Medical Marijuana  ==
  
Marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for conditions such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, migraines, glaucoma, and epilepsy.  
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Marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for conditions such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, migraines, glaucoma, and epilepsy.
  
 
== Opponents of Medical Marijuana  ==
 
== Opponents of Medical Marijuana  ==
  
Marijuana has addictive properties resulting in harder drug use (some refer to marijuana as the ''gateway drug''), injury to the lungs, damage to the immune system, harm to the cerebrum, and can interfere with fertility.  
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Marijuana has addictive properties resulting in harder drug use (some refer to marijuana as the ''gateway drug''), injury to the lungs, damage to the immune system, harm to the cerebrum, and can interfere with fertility.
  
 
== Legal Developments About Marijuana <br>  ==
 
== Legal Developments About Marijuana <br>  ==
  
Californians will be voting on [[Ballot Measures|ballot initiative]] 09-0024, entitled "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010," on November 2, 2010.<ref>http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2009/september/09157km.pdf</ref> If approved, this ballot measure allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for recreational use. Local government could regulate and tax commercial production and sale of cannabis to users 21 years old or older.<ref>http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i821_title_and_summary_09-0024_a1s.pdf</ref>  
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Californians will be voting on [[Ballot Measures|ballot initiative]] 09-0024, entitled "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010," on November 2, 2010.<ref>http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2009/september/09157km.pdf</ref> If approved, this ballot measure allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for recreational use. Local government could regulate and tax commercial production and sale of cannabis to users 21 years old or older.<ref>http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i821_title_and_summary_09-0024_a1s.pdf</ref>
  
California was the first jurisdiction to legalize medicinal marijuana in 1996. Subsequently, 13 states followed California's lead even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law.<ref>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/25/california-pot-legalizati_n_512788.html</ref> <br>  
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California was the first jurisdiction to legalize medicinal marijuana in 1996. Subsequently, 13 states followed California's lead even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law.<ref>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/25/california-pot-legalizati_n_512788.html</ref> <br>
  
 
== Local and State Developments About Medical Marijuana<br> ==
 
== Local and State Developments About Medical Marijuana<br> ==
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== External Links&nbsp;  ==
 
== External Links&nbsp;  ==
  
*[http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/medical/ Medical Marijuana]  
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*[http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/medical/ Medical Marijuana]
*[http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Testimony/ucm114741.htm Potential Merits of Cannabinoids for Medical Uses]  
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*[http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Testimony/ucm114741.htm Potential Merits of Cannabinoids for Medical Uses]
*[http://www.justice.gov/dea/marijuana_position.html The DEA Position on Marijuana]  
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*[http://www.justice.gov/dea/marijuana_position.html The DEA Position on Marijuana]
 
*[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/25/california-pot-legalizati_n_512788.html California Pot Legalization May Happen In November Election]
 
*[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/25/california-pot-legalizati_n_512788.html California Pot Legalization May Happen In November Election]
  
 
== Related Resources on FindLaw  ==
 
== Related Resources on FindLaw  ==
  
*[http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/marijuana/intro-marijuana/ Illegal Drug Laws - Marijuana]  
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*[http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/marijuana/intro-marijuana/ Illegal Drug Laws - Marijuana]
*[http://criminal.findlaw.com/crimes/a-z/drug_possession.html Drug Possession]  
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*[http://criminal.findlaw.com/crimes/a-z/drug_possession.html Drug Possession]
 
*[http://knowledgebase.findlaw.com/kb/2010/May/138810.html Medical Marijuana on the Arizona Ballot]
 
*[http://knowledgebase.findlaw.com/kb/2010/May/138810.html Medical Marijuana on the Arizona Ballot]
  
 
== Related Blogs on FindLaw  ==
 
== Related Blogs on FindLaw  ==
  
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== See Also  ==
 
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*[[Legalization of marijuana]]  
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*[[National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws]]  
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Revision as of 19:50, 22 June 2010

Medical marijuana is used as a form of herbal therapy which is recommended for chronic pain or nausea. Also knows as medicinal cannabis, it consists of flowers and subtending leaves and stalks of mature pistillate of female parts.

Fourteen states have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana. [1]

Contents

Overview

Medical marijuana ("cannabis") has been used as medicine since between 2,000 and 5,000 B.C. in China. The U.S. Pharmacopoeia, a non-governmental agency setting standards for prescription and over-the-county medicines, rejected cannabis as form of treatment in 1942.[2]

In 1972, cannabis was placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because the U.S. government considered it to have "no accepted medical use in treatment". [3]Currently, 14 of 50 U.S. states have approved the medical use of marijuana for qualified patients.[4] These include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.

Proponents of Medical Marijuana

Marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for conditions such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, migraines, glaucoma, and epilepsy.

Opponents of Medical Marijuana

Marijuana has addictive properties resulting in harder drug use (some refer to marijuana as the gateway drug), injury to the lungs, damage to the immune system, harm to the cerebrum, and can interfere with fertility.

Legal Developments About Marijuana

Californians will be voting on ballot initiative 09-0024, entitled "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010," on November 2, 2010.[5] If approved, this ballot measure allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for recreational use. Local government could regulate and tax commercial production and sale of cannabis to users 21 years old or older.[6]

California was the first jurisdiction to legalize medicinal marijuana in 1996. Subsequently, 13 states followed California's lead even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law.[7]

Local and State Developments About Medical Marijuana

The City of Los Angeles enacted an ordinance forcing more than 400 medical marijuana outlets to close and several others to relocate. The new ordinance forbids dispensaries from being located within 1,000 feet of "sensitive use" areas such as schools, churches and parks.[8] 

Along the same vein, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed two bills into law applying additional regulations to the state-wide medical marijuana industry. Senate Bill 109 permits only examining physicians to prescribe marijuana within the context of a doctor-patient relationship. House Bill 1284 contains additional regulations for dispensaries and enables voters to ban marijuana outlets through a local initiative process.[9]

References

  1. http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881
  2. http://www.phillynorml.org/medijuana/cannabis/medical
  3. http://www.theory.caltech.edu/people/patricia/scisoc.html
  4. http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000140
  5. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2009/september/09157km.pdf
  6. http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i821_title_and_summary_09-0024_a1s.pdf
  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/25/california-pot-legalizati_n_512788.html
  8. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/me-pot-crackdown-20100608,0,244846.story
  9. http://www.kqed.org/news/story.jsp?id=30058

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