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Medical marijuana

Despite the long war against marijuana in the U.S., its medicinal benefits could not be denied. A report released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 discussed several potential ways marijuana could be used medically. The five areas were highlighted were analgesia, neurological and movement disorders, nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, glaucoma and appetite stimulation. In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana when it passed Proposition 215. Since then, 21 other states have passed similar laws, legalizing marijuana to a limited degree for medical use only. These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado (which also permits recreational marijuana use), Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington (also permits recreational marijuana use). It is also legalized for medical use in the District of Columbia While state laws vary with regards to the conditions for which medical marijuana may be used, most include the following: wasting syndrome, cancer, Crohn’s disease, HIV or AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, nausea and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease.


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