Why is Marijuana So Controversial?

A question that has affected the medical world for centuries...Why is marijuana so controversial? 

Ask a Nevada medical marijuana clinic or any other medical marijuana clinic – There are not many more issues in American healthcare that start up a more heated discussion than the use of cannabis for medical reasons.  The debate could stem from the data supporting marijuana’s benefits and the doctors that prescribe medical marijuana in Las Vegas and other parts of the nation; and evidence pointing to its adverse effects. 

Already fourteen states have passed statutes that legalize cannabis for medical purposes. The states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana clinics, such as Las Vegas Medical Marijuana clinics run by medical marijuana doctors in Las Vegas are sprouting all over the nation. The conditions for which marijuana has been approved in these states are consistent that marijuana relieves pain, controls nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation. 

Marijuana can be useful for several medical conditions including Multiple sclerosis, Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Cancer,  Glaucoma, Severe anorexia,  Hepatitis C infection, Post-traumatic stress disorder, and spinal cord damage with intractable spasticity. 

Unfortunately, even doctors that prescribe medical marijuana in “marijuana-legal” states may have some concerns over marijuana's adverse effects.  The Institute of Medicine cautioned that the benefits of smoking cannabis are limited due to the harmful effects of smoking.  The American Academy of Family Physicians opposes the use of cannabis except under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications. 

The most common way to use marijuana is through inhaled smoke—which can contain carcinogens and tar. 

Doctors that recommend marijuana in Nevada are trying to discover how much liability a doctor bears when a patient encounters a legal or medical complication from cannabis use.  What happens to an employee who uses medical marijuana and fails a routine drug test and loses a job?  Just because a patient is credited to use medical marijuana doesn't make the employer entitled to retain “impaired” workers.  

One final recommendation from the Institution of Medicine is to make sure that medical marijuana has little or no potential for abuse. But, one should ponder – shouldn’t marijuana become a legal substance in order to establish guidelines for a sensible use of the drug, just like the nation does for alcohol and cigarettes? But, unlike alcohol and cigarettes, marijuana has healing capabilities.  

Doctors that recommend medical marijuana in Nevada and other states in the country know it’s only a matter of time before medical marijuana is fully legal. Why be able to prescribe a man-made, chemical-laden drug when there is a natural substance growing in the wild that works wonders for hundreds of medical ailments?

 

 

 

 

 

 


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