140306122410-medical-marijuana-horizontal-large-gallery.jpgAccording to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits, medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for (theblaze.com). We believe the opposite and have seen, first hand, this not be the case. Whether it’s witnessing a loved one struggling with Cancer and using medical marijuana to help or watching as marijuana soothes the pain away for other illnesses, marijuana has proven to have beneficial effects. Evidence was very weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome; the authors advocate for further research. If such a strong opinion is to be stated, there should be strong evidence to back this up. They contain a small study suggesting that many brand labels for edible marijuana products list inaccurate amounts of active ingredients, however we do not agree with this.

But, what was also mentioned in the article is the fact that medical marijuana is in fact legal in 23 states as well as Washington D.C. If medical marijuana did not work when trying to approve certain illnesses, would it still be legal? The answer is probably not. Furthermore, the state of Colorado (one of the states in which marijuana is legal), has pledged to donate approximately $8 million in state funds for studies that research the potential medical benefits that marijuana contains. If medical marijuana really did not work, then there would not be so much optimism for studies in the future.

Overall, while some people think that medical marijuana does not actually yield many benefits, many people including our group members believe the opposite. If there were truly no benefits than why would it be legal in almost half of the countries States? It will be interesting to see what the future holds as more testing and research on this is being done. We  do not agree with what Blaze.com has to say, because we strongly feel that  marijuana has helped many individuals in many different circumstances and continues to have a beneficial effect on many lives today.

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