The History of Medical Marijuana in the U.S.

Your medical marijuana doctor in Las Vegas, Nevada is operating strictly within the boundaries of the law when they decide that you may need a medical marijuana recommendation. Although marijuana has been used for thousands of years, the history of medical marijuana in the US is much shorter.

In 1914, drug use in the US was first defined as a crime, the US levying a tax on opium- and coca derived drugs that was so prohibitive states had  to outlaw their import and growth altogether. Cannabis has always been around, but in 1937, the US passed the first federal law against cannabis, making it illegal to grow, use, or dipsense the herb by anyone, including physicians. It has a strong US history, and has been prevalent among rope-makers as hemp, as bird feed, and as a native american herbal medicine.

Starting around 1988, the FDA started getting petitioned heavily by sufferers of AIDS and HIV, because of its known history of providing pain relief, relief from nausea and an attendant sense of well-being and ease of anxiety. The DEA's Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis L. Young, even ruled in favor of medical marijuana availability and said, "marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance..." and yet the DEA still refuses to implement this ruling because of a procedural technicality. Despite this technicality, spots like Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Doctors make it easier to cope.

Even though it has shown proven medical benefits and documented clinical trials, cannabis is still rated in America as a Schedule I substance, which states, "indicating a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical value.

In 1996 patients, doctors and advocates petitioned individual states for access to the drug based upon a doctor recommendation. in 1997, The Office of National Drug Control Policy requested that the Institute of Medicine launch a study of the medicinal value of marijuana use. It concluded that marijuana is safe and effective as medically necessary, and patients should be granted medically supervised access for use in sanctioned spots. The federal government ignored its findings and refused to acknowledge its recommendation. Despite years- and years'- worth of peer reviewed clinical studies, there are still federal barriers to the drug. Nevada Medical Marijuana doctors are still infrequently challenged and arrested for their participation in medical marijuana programs, even "legal" Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Doctors, despite the clinically-proven efficacy of the treatment, and the lack of long-term side-effects in patients. Years of use both recreationally and medicinally in this country and others have seen arrests and long incarcerations by users, growers and sellers of marijuana. Federal prisons are to this day, filled with breakers of the marijuana laws.

Las Vegas and all cities in Nevada were given access to medical marijuana and medical marijuana doctors were first able to recommend the medication in 2001, with the adoption of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program, within the Nevada Department of Health, Nevada State Health Division. Medical Marijuana doctors in Nevada, under most cisrcumstances, are now within the confines of the law when they recommend medical marijuana to patients.






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