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Weed ‘does have important medical uses’, scientific report concludes

Rob Waugh

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The increasingly desperate anti-drug brigade in America have clung on to the fact that it’s never really been proven to be an effective medicine – despite medical marijuana being widely illegal.
But a new report has put paid to that.
A 400-page report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that marijuana IS an effective medicine for chronic pain.
The report contains a lot of details on various – positive and negative – effects on marijuana, including links to mental illness.
But the conclusion that the drug has legitimate medical uses is likely to have the most impact, according to Ars Technica.
The researchers say that the current listing of marijuana as a Schedule I drug in America – in the same bracket as heroin – is impeding further research.
The authors wrote, ‘It is often difficult for researchers to gain access to the quantity, quality, and type of cannabis product necessary to address specific research questions on the health effects of cannabis use.’
Credit: METRO/MylesGoode
Credit: METRO/MylesGoode
In November’s election, California, including major cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, legalised weed for recreational use – along with the state of Massachusetts.
Voters in Florida and two smaller states approved initiatives permitting medical use of cannabis – meaning that half of American states now allow medical marijuana.
The vote has been hailed as a milestone moment by weed activists.

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