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Marijuana is an illegal drug with many medical uses and should be made legal for those patients who need it There are many valuable medical uses for marijuana not recognized by the Federal Government Though some states have legalized its use for patients with the permission of their physician it remains at large an illegal Schedule I drug There are many medical uses of marijuana but while it is still an illegal drug the patients trying to reap its benefits must break federal laws Marijuana is effective in lowering the internal eye pressure associated with glaucoma and slowing the onset of blindness in these patients It can reduce the pain of AIDS patients and stimulate the appetites of those suffering from malnutrition because of AIDS wasting syndrome Marijuana has many other uses such as alleviating muscle spasticity anorexia asthma nausea peptic ulcers alcoholism depression migraine anxiety inflammation hypertension insomnia and many other uses for cancer patients Marijuana has been found useful as an anticonvulsant a muscle relaxant in spastic disorders as an appetite stimulant in the wasting syndrome of human immunodeficiency virus infection and is also useful for relieving phantom limb pain and menstrual cramps It has also been helpful in treating glaucoma nausea from chemotherapy in cancer patients epilepsy arthritis multiple sclerosis and spinal fluid injuries5 Marijuana has many uses and should be legalized for use by patients who need it California has legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes under the consent of a physician which is called Proposition 215 Tom Morganthau is against this legalization under Proposition 215 and he says What we have here thanks to the voters of California and Arizona is a nightmare for drug warriors everywhere - and a small but potentially significant breach in the national resolve against drugs Earnest appeals by McCaffrey and many others have failed to stop these slippery proposals at the ballot box And it is time for
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