Marijuana has a wide range of therapeutic applications, including:
• relieving nausea and increasing appetite;
• reducing muscle spasms and spasticity;
• relieving chronic pain; and
• reducing intraocular ("within the eye") pressure.
"The most effective way to allow patients to use medical marijuana is for state legislatures to pass bills similar to the law enacted by the Rhode Island Legislature in January 2006."
Thousands of patients and their doctors have found marijuana to be beneficial in treating the symptoms of AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other serious conditions.4 For many people, marijuana is the only medicine with a suitable degree of safety and efficacy.
In March 1999, the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its landmark study, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. The scientists who wrote the report concluded that "there are some limited circumstances in which we recommend smoking marijuana for medical uses."5
Accordingly, public opinion polls find that most Americans support legal access to medical marijuana.6
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