Medicinal Marijuana and Federal Law

With the results of the 2016 election, use of medical marijuana is now approved in 28 states, plus Washington, D.C., but the plant itself is not approved as medicine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  It still remains federally illegal. Under the Controlled Substances Act, the federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug – which is a category reserved for the most dangerous drugs and those that don’t show any medical benefit.

This classification makes it difficult for researchers to study, because drugs in this category  are very tightly regulated. In 2011, two state governors petitioned federal agencies to reclassify marijuana to a less restrictive category– one that acknowledges its medical benefits. In August of 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reconfirmed marijuana’s listing as a Schedule I drug, but are loosening some of the barriers for researchers wanting to study it.

So what does the science say? Are there actually any medical benefits to marijuana?  Turns out, the answer is a bit more complicated than you may think. 

Based on the science, how do you think the government should handle medical marijuana?


More Resources

REPORT: FDA Regulation of Marijuana: Past Actions, Future Plans (FDA.gov)

REPORT: Blurred Boundaries: The Therapeutics and Politics of Medical Marijuana (Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic)


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How Should the Government Handle Medical Marijuana? 24 August,2017Lauren Farrar

  • Brenda Elizalde

    I believe that the federal government shouldn’t worry about marijuana. I say it’s up to the states whether or not they will allow they use of medical marijuana.

    • Lizet Ortega

      Definitely agree with you, it should be up to the states to decide whether or not they want it to be legal in their territory. What’s the point of a state approving it if it’s still federally illegal? Plus, they are not allowing any research on it so how are we supposed to know if it’s truly more harmful than it is beneficial. You have a point, and I agree, they should stay out of it and leave it up to the states. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

    • gen

      Honestly there are worse things going on in the world I don’t think they have to waste their time on this if it is acting as a medicine.
      #MyCMSTArgs
      #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

      • Kyle Robins

        I agree completely. Medical marijuana should be available all around the country. It has been proven to help patients based on their certain needs. I am still undecided about the issue of recreational marijuana, but I think that legalizing it state-by-state will help to ease it into our country rather than just smacking it right in the face with a radical new legislation. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

    • Juan Benitez

      I agree in that, the federal governments concerns should not be with medical marijuana. Instead it should be a concern that has to do with states only. It would not only empower states more, but it would also alleviate pressure from the government. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUFishFarm

      • Trevor Ramsey

        The federal government should consider rescheduling marijuana use to schedule three. The states should retain the rights to dictate sale and consumption of the product.#DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

    • Justis Haruo Kusumoto

      While I appreciate your perspective, marijuana policy needs to be national, in order to ensure that the FDA can properly approve, standardize, and regulate it. Per the FDA resource provided by KQED https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofMedicalProductsandTobacco/CDER/UCM498077.pdf if we amend the Controlled Substances Act to loosen restrictions on medicinal marijuana, and research, we can potentially regulate it more effectively and safely.

  • Jason In

    Medical marijuana does have some benefits; no doubt about it. However, my concern would be people abusing the substance constantly. I can see people who do not need medicinal marijuana asking their doctor for it and just abuse it and not get in trouble for it as they have a prescription for it. Also, if people smoke and drive, it could be just as bad as drinking and driving.
    For medical use, it fine. But doctors need to confirm that the patient needs it and be willing to cut them off if that patient starts to abuse it and use it recreationally so that they won’t have breathing issues and that they won’t be reliant on it like drug addicts.

    • cheyenne Gonzalez

      thats no different than someone abusing a prescription drug…

    • Jace Cuneo

      I see where you are coming from where people can “abuse” it, but based off of your comment I don’t think you know too much about marijuana. Drunk driving is terrible and causes tons of deaths, stoned driving is just not good, having done both in my life that is my opinion. There are some medical benefits and people should be allowed to use it. The only reason it isn’t legal (federally) is because there are people that would lose money if that happened.
      #MyCMSTArgs

  • lakayla high school

    i fully support the benefits of medical marijuana .it has helped my family for many years as almost everyone that has passed in my family died of multiple medical issues that have now been passed down to me.yay . they all used medicinal cannabis . the gov’t should monitor the uses and distribution by making marijuana legal for medicinal use if they’re so freaked about the fact that its used so often and who its used by. the federal gov’t should actually look into the fact that its so often and who uses it the most instead of just blindly passing judgement on people who don’t deserve it.

  • cheyenne Gonzalez

    the government should allow the medicinal use of marijuana simply because of the many benefits the use holds, especially for major health issues. i believe marijuana is a lot more beneficial than some prescription drugs however it is not for everybody. it is based on ones specific anatomy and ideals. i believe depriving all the use of marijuana is unfair to those who are in need of it. i think there are bigger issues to focus on then just the marijuana issue. passing it as an option for others is nothing more than giving others a different option for treatment.

  • Rodolfo Sanchez

    Why is the government refusing to accept that marijuana has some good in it? We know marijuana is a very common drug but it helps people with cancer since many people died due to cancer so it has to be approve just for medical uses.

  • Jonathan Gillig

    I have suggested this site, and its Do Now activity to many teachers because of its production quality and engaging topics. The marijuana video is not appropriate for middle and young high schoolers. This topic needs to draw the line between reporting and advocacy and those coy little ‘winks’ and suggestive comments makes the producer’s bias rather obvious. Important topic unnecessarily editorialized.

    • Annelise Wunderlich

      We appreciate the critique, especially because Do Now and our new series Above the Noise both strive to model balanced investigation of the issues that are most relevant to teens. Our host Myles’s wink was not meant to editorialize (we were trying to be playful) but we can see how it might be construed that way. We put a lot of effort into presenting research on both sides of the medical marijuana debate. We hope the series invites teachers and students to analyze the video from a media literacy framework, and let us know what questions they have about the information we present in the videos.

  • Jace Cuneo

    In my opinion, marijuana should be legal, not just medically, straight up legal. In a medical perspective it reduces chronic pain, nausea, blah blah. http://fortune.com/2017/01/13/marijuana-health-effects-study/ But it definitely needs to be taken off the class 1 type drug. It is pretty much harmless and the fact that some one can put you in a cage over that or fine you is crazy to me. I heard that it does reduce the size of tumors, but just as much as turmeric, ginger or a non sugar diet. Remember, not all people that smoke pot are potheads. Potheads are lazy and don’t get things done.
    #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

  • Lizet Ortega

    As president Obama once said “…let science — and not ideology — dictate policy”. I still don’t understand why the FDA is putting restrictions to scientist who are willingly trying prove that the cannabis plant is in fact more beneficial than harmful to the population. The DEA has confirmed the fact that they lack actual proof to confirm the effect the drug has compared to other scheduled I drugs. Marihuana has been constantly mislabeled due to the lack of knowledge people have about it, so far there hasn’t been any recorded cases about marihuana impairing a person or having the same effect as any other drug. The benefits definitely outweighs the non-proven consequences that the administration is giving to the public, the difference is that the information is not being released due to the lack of experiments conducted. But how can scientist do research on it if the DEA keep putting restrictions on them? To me it doesn’t make sense, let science decide if it’s harmful to be legal and not your constant ideology to reject something you know nothing about. Yes, marihuana was approved by 28 states but it’s still federally illegal, so does it even matter? How can a plant be illegal for medical purposes but drugs like heroin and Xanax are being legally prescribed to people on a daily? Many people have access to drugs that are way more harmful to their brain and organs but yet they are legal. I’m not asking for them to accept but to give scientist the opportunity to prove them wrong. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

    • Brandon Biermann

      I agree with what you are saying in regards to the lack of research that has been conducted on marijuana. There is just not enough strong statistical research that can show one side or the other. Allowing marijuana to be classified as a Schedule 1 drug is greatly affecting the possibilities to disprove any theories on this topic. With a family member that used medical marijuana to help treat with his brain cancer, allowed him to live a much more happier life through the processes of his cancer. I truly believe that there are some great medical uses for marijuana. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

  • Teri Markanson

    I have and will never understand why, despite the numerous studies by different agencies, understand why Marijuana is illegal at all! Numerous Government studies, from different countries, have done extensive studies on Marijuana. The ONLY negative result from ALL of them is, if someone starts smoking before they’re 17 – 18 years old, they have memory issues. Until 1937, both Marijuana and Alcohol were legal. Both were made illegal during Prohibition…then they allowed the MOST DEADLY 1 return?
    I have seen many a headline or article on the deaths of people due to alcohol but NEVER 1 about the same situation and Marijauana…go figure.

  • Brandon Biermann

    I believe that marijuana should be used for medical purposes, but with the federal government classifying this as a schedule 1 drug, allows for difficult research to be conducted. Having a harder process to be accepted to study, detours future research in this field. I can personally account for the possible benefits that this drug can offer with witnessing the effects it had on my grandfather. He who had brain cancer that caused him tremendous pain and loss of appetite, saw a outstanding turn around from these symptoms when he was still alive. The pain through out his body was diminished with the use of THC, to the point where it allowed him to function to best of his ability during every day scenarios. It also allowed him to hold down his food and eat larger portions of meal. After seeing all of this with my family member, I can say that there are many benefits to this drug. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

  • eric m

    Marijuana has been a hot topic for the government over these pass few years and honestly we haven’t gone any where collectively as an country. Some states feel that it should be legalized and some a lot have actually took action and legalized it. And based on the science I think we as country should do so aswell. Marijuana has more positives than negative effects. And tabocoo and alchool Is legal in this country and has killed tons of people but yet marijuana is frowned upon and has done close to no harm to people’s body. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    • Stone Dennison

      In modern day, the illegality of marijuana may be more partisan than we think. Just because it doesn’t kill people, does not constitute the fact that it need be legalized. There is a lot that we do not know about the drug, and this is why we need to do more research on the plant. If marijuana was legalized, along with hemp… It would create a economic strangle hold on industries that would then compete with hemp.. Tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceutical companies will pour vast resources into keeping marijuana illegal. These companies stand to lose millions and million of customers if they switched to marijuana for their Highs, medicine, paper, clothes etc. These companies are in congress’ pockets and congressman are the puppets of such companies. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

    • Owen Smith

      I agree. Considering other substances that lack medical benefits, yet are legal, it does not make sense for a medical solution to be made illegal. When you look at the long lists of medical uses and application that CBD and even THC can present, it is time to admit that this drug has been misrepresented and should be given the opportunity to assist people’s lives.
      #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    • Luke Williams

      I agree with this. I can name some things that are legal and do more harm to you than marijuana. Marijuana i think has shown to have plenty of great benefits to major medical issues we have. The federal government should just go ahead and legalize it. Make marijuana legal to everyone and whoever decides to use it can.

      #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Anthony Arruda

    medical marijuana should be a topic chosen by the states not the federal gov. especially considering the fact that the gov. wont even allow the drug to be researched. They spend too much time with it and should just let the states pick. It can be very beneficial with negatives but its still a risk the people should choose to take.

  • Alexandria Blaydes

    The federal government should let marijuana be legal. It helps with medical use, even for recreational use a lot of kids who feel sad can smoke then feel better because it “takes the pain away”. It also is only a level one drug, its not like its Xanax or a level 5 drug its very minor but helps a lot.

  • McKenzie Perkins

    Fedral law should legalize Medical Marijuana. Marijuana leads into worse things. Also 1 out of 6 kids who smoke Marijuana are addicted to it.

    • Cari Pedro

      Are you sure your claim agrees with your evidence?

  • Tyquwan Thompson

    The Federal Goverment should allow weed to be legal in all states because it improves cronic pain and it also it treats cancer.

  • chanelles

    I believe that the federal Law should allow the legalization of medical marijuana

    • Cari Pedro

      Can you support that claim with evidence?

  • Hailey Souza

    The federal law should allow the legalization of medical marijuana. They should allow it because it relieves pain for the people who expierence the most.

    • Cari Pedro

      Like who? Can you be more specific in your supporting evidence?

  • Mya Graham

    The Federal Law should allow the legalization of medical marijuana. This is true because it is known to relieve pain caused by different types of diseases. Also it is used in many curable medicines.

  • Liberty Rockwell

    Federal Law should allow the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana has many health benefits such as, chronic pain, nausea, tourettes, epilepsy, and more. The benefits outweigh the negatives.

  • jennab420

    Federal law should legalize medical marijuana. Marijuana has a large variety of benefits. It can help with many sleeping disorders. It can help with nausea and vomiting. It can help relieve painful symptoms of diseases like cancer. Marijuana is also helpful with tourettes. Marijuana is helpful epilepsy.

    • Cari Pedro

      Lots of evidence.

  • Steferson Da Silva

    I claim that Federal Law should allow the legalization of medical marijuana. Medical marijuana can cure diseases like cancer. It can help people heal from it and relief the pain.

    • Cari Pedro

      Let’s drop the phrase “I claim”. It makes your argument less decisive.

  • Shiyah Mingo

    Fedral laws should allow medical marijuana because it can help people who are dying from cancer, heart problems sleeping disorders and other stuff that people are struggling with today.

    • Jacob Catala

      I agree with you, it also can help people with everyday problems too. Instead of taking advil for a headache, try smoking a cbd stain, or if you are feeling anxious smoke a sativa strain. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Stone Dennison

    I believe we should make medical marijuana a schedule 2 drug. This is for the reason that it can be put to the test for medical purposes. Currently, obtaining marijuana for research is extremely hard to do. If cleared to do research, the marijuana supplied by the feds is low quality and low in THC, the active psychoactive ingredient. If we want to gather good, scientific data on marijuana we need to first make it viable to do testing on the drug. This research needs to also focus on CBD, another chemical in the plant itself that is believed to have medical benefits. Legalize scientific research! #myCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    • Amardeep Atwal

      I agree completely with you. While some people may rightly argue about the negative health risks associated with marijuana, I still believe that research should not be hindered. We should be doing all we can to learn about the drug so that we can use it to it’s full potential to treat individuals. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Roxanne Galdos

    Regarding the use of marijuana for purely medicinal purposes, I believe that the federal government should lower it from a Schedule I drug. There have already been so many studies and success cases of the use of THC helping those with epilepsy, severe autism, glaucoma, insomnia, and cancer patients recovering from chemotherapy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXKjRkkoIOU). There has also been research that backs up theories of THC being able to actually break down cancer cells and shrink tumors. While these findings aren’t concrete the legalization of medical marijuana will give researchers access to be able to test and prove these claims. From reading about the good that the use of medical marijuana has to offer I believe that the benefits outweigh the risks. #DonNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

  • Andrea Azevedo

    I believe federal laws should legalize medical marijuana. A lot of states have already taken the step and found that the medical benefits of marijuana far outweigh the risks. The least that the federal government could do is make it easier for scientist to research it. It seems that the federal government wants absolutely nothing to do with it and they don’t want to budge at all. If they let scientists research it, they will know for sure if the drugs benefits outweigh the risks and they can make a solid decision based on science. This article from the New York Times talks about the struggles scientists have to go through to get marijuana that isn’t even the same dosage people are getting in the real world
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/opinion/scientists-to-government-make-it-easier-to-study-marijuana.html?_r=0. Why wouldn’t we at least get some solid research on it? #MyCMSTArgs

  • gen

    I feel like marijuana is not a dangerous drug but more of a depressant like alcohol it helps relax some people and to some people marijuana is their way of surpassing tough times in their lives or helps them with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. If it is for medical use then it is not a bad thing and therefore I do not think they should worry about it as much as they do I feel like there are more dangerous drugs out there that they can protect people from and I honestly think there are more serious crimes being committed each day and instead of spending time on getting people with marijuana in trouble they should focus on other things. Marijuana is like alcohol it works as a depressant.
    #MyCMSTArgs
    #DoNowMedicalMarijuana
    http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Is-Marijuana-a-Depressant.html

    • Seryna Valencia

      I agree. As a bigger point to make, marijuana is not addictive like alcohol or cigarettes are. Both contributing to many deaths and crimes a year. If someone is depressed then they should have a medical and legal options that are not going to make them addicted for years. Addiction contributes to crime, loss, death and so much more. It just doesn’t make much sense to me that this option is not made more accessible to people. we are lucky in California to have just a progressive way of thinking.
      #DoNowMedicalMarijuana
      #MyCMSTArgs

  • Owen Smith

    It is my personal belief that the government should make marijuana nationally available and legal for medical use. Considering the proven benefits both medically, and when used in association with medical recuperation, Americans living in all sections of our country should have the equal and guaranteed opportunity to receive medical treatment. The severity of marijuanas scheduling should be decreased considering its potential benefits and lack of potential harmful effects. If regulated properly, marijuana can be used to great effect and improve the lives of millions. I’m not going to go into depth listing the ailments that CBD and even THC can prove beneficial in treating, seeing as these have been covered in other comments listed here. Instead I will stick with these base arguments and point out similar substances (that lack medical benefits) such as Alcohol and Tobacco that are legal Nation wide. While these two have been proven to have serious negative health effects and marijuana has been proven to be medically helpful, it makes it insensible for the medical use of marijuana to be illegal.
    #MyCMSTArgs
    #DoNowMedicalMarijuana
    http://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/

  • Robert Gomez

    Now that it is 2017 the talk of medical marijuana has become and larger topic or subject to talk about everyday. I personally believe that the federal government should not have to worry about it. The states should continue deciding to either be a marijuana state or not. The government should not waste their time and should not have to worry about it. If marijuana is actually being used as medicine then it should not really matter. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Luke Williams

    I believe the government should do nothing about marijuana. I feel we have bigger issues to worry about right now. If many states already allow people to use marijuana legally then the federal government should stop worrying about it. It is obvious that a big portion of america benefits from marijuana. We need to stop arguing over marijuana just make it legal and available to anybody who wants it. Cigs and alcohol to me are worse.

    #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Kyle Robins

    Until there are studies that can back up evidence of the safety of marijuana, I do not believe the federal government should be involved. For now, I see the states who are legalizing it to be a “test” run for the country. I personally think that recreational marijuana is not the best thing for our planet in regards to productivity from an economic perspective, but I am a firm believer in medical marijuana as being a legitimate medication for treatment. #myCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Juan Benitez

    I overall believe that it is a very good thing, if states control the use of medical marijuana. Not only should the government not be worrying about the use of marijuana, but they should be instead encouraging states to make decisions like these. It not only empowers states, but it also alleviates pressures that the federal government already faces. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Amardeep Atwal

    The current situation that marijuana is in is pretty weird. It’s allowed in certain states but then also not allowed in the US. I think more research does need to be done on it and so it should not be very difficult for scientists to get their hands on marijuana for researching. I also do see the Federal Government legalizing marijuana at least medically in the near future since more and more states are allowing it. I think if it truly does help people with severe illnesses, then it 100% should be allowed. Like mentioned in the video, as long as the benefits outweigh the risks, I don’t see the problem with it being legal. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofMedicalProductsandTobacco/CDER/UCM498077.pdf

    • Neve Roby

      The current situation is a little funky, 26 states have legalized some form of marijuana but it is still technically illegal on a federal level and president trump has said that he wants to crack down on marijuana more than previous presidents. i think the government should stick to cracking down on other, more intense drugs. I agree that the federal government should legalize medical marijuana! #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Justis Haruo Kusumoto

    The federal government should loosen marijuana restrictions to the extent to allow for more comprehensive clinical trials and physician approved medicinal use. Per the findings of the American Medical Association, http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2338266 marijuana does have benefits when treating specific disorders including but not limited to chronic pain, nausea, and easing additional symptoms of chronic diseases such as cancer. However, per the JAMA article (which is a peer-reviewed, scientific journal) due to a number of restrictions on marijuana use, research, and varieties in supply, and some lukewarm results of certain studies, numerous risks and benefits of marijuana use are still unclear. That’s why allowing the companies to cut through the red tape (especially with the FDA) on research could give scientists and policymakers new insights on net-beneficial marijuana public policy. However, as some of the benefits shown in the studies are also minimal, it’s important that policymakers approach this issue carefully before implementing blanket legalization for recreational use.

  • Neve Roby

    I don’t think the government should be dealing with marijuana. Weed isn’t a terrible drug, there are way more serious ones out there that the government should be dealing with instead. Marijuana has been proven not be a gateway drug by the National Institute On Drug Abuse, they say “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, “harder” substances.” According to the Huffington Post 27.6 percent of offenders locked up in U.S prisons were marijuana related, 20.5 percent of them were non-violent crimes meaning they had more than the legal limit on them. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/10/war-on-drugs-prisons-infographic_n_4914884.html Marijuana cannot be overdosed on, unlike many other drugs & has no severe long term side effects, if smoked after the brain is fully formed. Medical marijuana also has helpful properties like reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions. I don’t believe the government should concern themselves with marijuana, especially medical, when there are much harder drugs out there. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    • Carrie Requa

      I agree! there are so many other drugs and issue the government should be dealing with. With all the statistics surrounding marijuana and how there is honestly no huge downfalls to it the government should step away and focus on much bigger issues. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    • Jake Lux

      I agree that there are so many other serious drugs out there that are much worse than marijuana that should be paid more attention to when it comes to drug abuse. People all around the world do this drug on a daily basis and need it in their daily lives so it shouldn’t be prohibited by the federal government and should left to the power of the states. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    • Kyle F-Bones

      Agree, the govt should deschedule marijuana as a schedule one drug and shift it all the way to the end as a schedule 5 drug along with over the counter drugs. So many benefits including money saved, tax dollars, and lives saved if marijuana was more accessible. Once we remove the stigma of it being a super dangerous drug, it should be left up to the states on whether or not they want the use of it to be legal whether recreationally or medically. #mycmstargs #donowmedicalmarijuana

  • Nanci Contreras

    While I see why marijuana would be placed under the “Schedule I drug” category as it, as of right now, has no confirmed medical use AND it is at high risk for consumer abuse and overuse, I think the drug itself is too understudied. If more research went into understanding the drug and finding whether or not its negative effects outweigh its positives, if any, the topic could be put to rest #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    • Tori Mancuso

      I definitely agree with the fact that the drug needs more research. It really isn’t fair that the government places such a harmful stigma around it when there is little research to prove its benefits and consequences. It’s such a tiresome topic and it really needs to settled. In the end, the only way to do so is through sounds research. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Tori Mancuso

    It doesn’t quite make sense that the government bans use of the substance due to lack of medicinal evidence and then makes it difficult to research. In order to move forward on this issue researchers should be given the leeway to build solid evidence either for or against the drug. Everyone has their opinion but at this point what we need are facts. At this point it doesn’t even make sense that the drug is recognized and distributed medicinally but not recognized as useful by the federal government. I believe it shows our higher ups turning the cold shoulder on matters they deem unimportant. In order to make a sound decision on the issue, the government must allocate funds toward the research. There has been a lot of time and money being spent on the issue and quite frankly, too much time. At this point we must move past the issue and the only way to do so is to solidify research and accept the facts at hand. The bigger question at hand is whether or not the government will do so. http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/14/why-are-lawmakers-so-afraid-to-legalize-marijuana/ #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

    • Taylor MacAndrew

      I appreciate your well-thoughtout post. It’s beyond me that the government claims the lack of medical evidence for cannabis is what’s stifling the issue. Yet they make the drug nearly impossible to reach, for researchers with the intent on finding answers for the greater good. You bring up another good point, in that it’s silly marijuana can be recognized by most states as having a medical purpose, yet federal government still refuses to comply. At the same time, it’s almost empowering to step back and look at the millions of people coming together to fight and support a healthier choice- ‘based on science’. #donowmedicalmarijuana #myCMSTArgs

  • Carrie Requa

    I think the government should be dealing with a much more serious topic. There are so many other drugs that are much more harmful and serious to have the government step in. The fact that this is such a huge topic is slightly concerning considering there are much bigger issues they should be dealing with. Yes, Marijuana brings in a huge profit so lets make a law and stick to it. The fact that there is so much controversy is quite annoying honestly and we should be concerned with much bigger issues. http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/entertainment/forest-whitaker-hollywood-tapestry-is-becoming-more-diverse-772922.html #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Taylor MacAndrew

    Based on the science, I think the government should recognize the benefits of medical marijuana that out weigh the risks of other harmful drugs. The government should reduce marijuana from a schedule 1 drug and also leave the choice of its medical use up to individual states. The effects of weed are not nearly as detrimental as some of the legal products already on the market such as, alcohol and tobacco. Meanwhile, marijuana is classified with some of the most deadly and harmful drugs out there. However, when looking at the science, cannabis serves as a cure for serious disorders, helps with a number of illnesses, chronic-pain and has temporarily mild side-effects. In contrast to alternative medications like sleeping pills or pain meds in which are highly dangerous and addictive. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MYCMSTARGS

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/aug/16/gary-johnson/gary-johnson-claims-marijuana-cant-kill-and-prescr/

  • Jake Lux

    I believe the government should continue to allow the states to choose whether or not they want to make the use, growth and handling of marijuana legal. The federal government should have no say in it but acknowledge the fact that their are many benefits to the drug. Many people need marijuana on a daily bases to keep them from having anxiety or from having seizures. There has been numerous research done https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine, and it is being tested to see if it reduces various types of pain, mental disorders, immflamuation and and even HIV/AIDS. Leaving the power to the states lets people who are for its legalization to move to states where its legal, and people who want it to be illegal can move to those states where its illegal. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Robert Gomez

    I don not believe that the government should really worry about marijuana. Now there have already been cases where some states are pro or con on legalizing marijuana. I dont really think that it is as big of a deal that everyone sees it to be. Now there may be benefits and there also may be negative side effects but in all honesty those who want to smoke marijuana are going to find a way to smoke it. It could be legally or not but they are going to find a way to use it. I believe that the government should just legalize it on the fact of the government can benefit and make money doing this. We can also see it as there are possible side effects or negative outcomes with smoking cigarettes but its legal to smoke them and people dont really care too much. I say if they know the negative outcome and they still do it then let them be as long as they are aware of the whole thing then that is what should really matter. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

    • Jess Elm 🐙

      I agree I feel like it should be the person using its own choice. If they don’t care about the side effects why should the government? Especially with the multiple cases where it does give people a sense of relief from their sickness, it should absolutely be allowed for medical purposes. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Jess Elm 🐙

    I think the government should take it out of the schedule one drug category and allow it for medical purposes all over the country. It is proven to help aids patients and people suffering from cancer with their pain. The people who are using this drug for some sort of relief for their pain are legally allowed to be prosecuted. They are in the position to have to choose between breaking the law or be able to try and live a pain free life. Why should the government have the power to dictate what someone can and cant do to help them from a terminal disease? http://abcnews.go.com/US/BreakingItDown/story?id=837512&page=1 #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

    • Janette Estrada

      That is true! Being that Marijuana is being used for medical use, indicates that there the chances for a potential danger is minimal.Therefore, I would also agree that government should take it out off the schedule one drug category. If it does not prevent a harm, then it should not be jeopardized so harshly. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

    • Kendra Spielman

      I agree, if its helping people and not putting other lives in danger the government needs to be focusing on something more important. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • Janette Estrada

    I think the government should continue to let the states decide whether or not they want to legalize Marijuana. This issue has been an ongoing battle between right from wrong however, being that this issue has also been prolonged to the max, I think it is time to move on and focus on other important matters. People know enough about Marijuana’s costs and benefit so if they felt it was really necessary to break the law in using it in a recreational way then they should attend the consequences. An example of cost would be of those young teens who try Marijuana are more likely to try hard drugs in order to satisfy their needs. Leave it to the hands of the states to decide the verdict. after all, Marijuana is not something dangerous. #DoNowMedicalMarijuana #MyCMSTArgs

  • Kyle F-Bones

    I think that the USFG should instruct the DEA to move Marijuana from a schedule 1 to schedule 5 drugs because it clearly has many medical benefits and isn’t as deadly as any of the other drugs scheduled below it. According to a article by business insider, marijuana has many medical benefits such as treating glaucoma, reversing the harms of tobacco use on the lungs, control seizures, could help stop cancer growth, decrease anxiety/insomnia, etc. By removing these harsh federal guidelines, less people will have their lives ruined by law enforcement for just trying to use a drug thats better for you than other legal drugs such as tobacco and alcohol. The legalization, whether recreational or medical, should be left up to the states as I don’t believe that the government has the responsibility to distinct drug policy for all 50 state. Therefore, the voting population of each state can decide whether or not they want the use of marijuana to be legal. #mycmstargs #donowmedicalmarijuana

  • William E. Gamble

    Legalize it. Its a cash crop and if we tax it it can increase the growth of our economy. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Kendra Spielman

    I honestly don’t know what should be done with Marijuana. On one hand i believe that it should be more regulated so its safer to use and not just anyone can get it but on the other hand i believe that if it truly does help people and their health and its not causing any danger, why should the government worry about it? On one hand, doctors believe anything and will give it to a person because they say they have a problem which that should be more regulated and the medical reason should be studied but then the government has bigger and more important things they need to be focusing on. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowMedicalMarijuana

  • William G Russell

    While I can only provide the anecdotal evidence of my personal experience, and have an understanding that each individual has a slightly different physiologic makeup, I am still an average individual when compared to the population I fall within the mean.

    Canibas has most if not all the benefits stated. Dosage and half life of effects are what must be figured out. Unless your just looking to get high kind of like having drinks.

    As a young man I got food poisoning. After 2 deep inhales, I stopped vomiting and was able to hold down water the an hour later soup.

    I’m almost 40 years past that time and now have MS. The brain is everything for humans. My therory why Canibas CBD and THC help is that it slows the Neuro firing of the synaptic fibers thereby cooling the brain. MS is like having frayed wiring in your house. It could start a fire and cause a lot of problems with.

    I use Sativa high in THC during the day to clam my mind so I’m able to focus to learn.

    I used Indicia to ease muscle pain, help me get to sleep, calm my mind, and help with appetite.

    I deal with mostly emotional and cognitive issues and some physical issues.

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