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Medical Uses of Marijuana-Good or Bad There are two sides of marijuana being used for medical purposes Many people think it is great and say it will help the pain go away Other people believe it is a bad idea and become additive over time Many propositions and court cases have contributed to marijuana use A popular one is Proposition 215 This is a medical marijuana initiative The biggest argument is that there is no real evidence that smoked marijuana is more effective than any other available treatment McCaffery It has been said that marijuana is a temporary relief medicine for diseases such as AIDS Cancer Strokes and so on The main reason why it is said to help these patients that have acquired these sicknesses is because the treatment called Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is a long tedious process and it really takes a toll on the recipient of this treatment There is a chance that this process can cure or prolong the patients life But there is a price to pay for having to have this done to their bodies The chemotherapy has side effects and the one that the marijuana helps is the vomiting It helps the patient to keep their food down and it gives them a hunger so they dont waste away to nothing Marijuana has been around for over 5000 years and has been used in many different ways Zeller 20 Greeks and Romans made medicines from this Americans did not start to get high until the 1900s and then it was legal Marijuana became illegal in 1937 under the Marijuana Tax Act This restricted marijuana use everywhere in the United States Strict regulations governing cultivation of the plant made its production impractical New synthetic drugs caught the fancy of physicians and marijuana was used less frequently In 1942 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics convinced the US Pharmacopedia to remove the drug from its listing During the 1960s
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