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Smoking marijuana has long been thought of as a recreational drug or just an illegal drug in general Never until recently have I ever heard anything good about pot In fact during school students are taught to just say no and many graduate from the DARE program in elementary school but now it looks as though the tables have turned Some researchers say that marijuana might just be what a few of us need The question is simple but the possibilities and opinions are endless To see if marijuana is a valuable medication or just a gateway drug will serve the purpose of my exploration to form a more accurate view on medical uses of marijuana within my generation I began my research with a dual sided article titled Should Physicians Support the Medical use of marijuana YesNo written by William Eidelman and Eric Voth published in the Western Journal of Medicine The first author a physician took the supportive side in stating it is hard for me to doubt marijuanas clinical effectiveness PG because of the positive outcomes using the drug by his most sever patients suffering from cancer multiple sclerosis and epilepsy The author states that since The Compassion Use Act of 1996 patients have reported that marijuana helps them achieve symptom relief enhances the effects of prescription drugs andor removes the side effects of necessary drugs especially those dealing with AIDS or cancer He also found that marijuana was previously used for medicinal purposes in the United States until its removal from the US Pharmacopoeia in 1941 Continuing his point the author states that in 1988 the Drug Enforcement Administrations chief administrative law judge ruled that Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances knownIt would be unreasonable arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continues to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance The author finishes his thoughts in stating that the benefits of
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