1. Marijuana don’t kill. Whereas prescription drug kills around 100,000 people
a year, marijuana doesn’t. Dr. Lester Grinspoon, professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School, claim that ‘in 10,000 years of known use of cannabis, there's never been a single death attributed to marijuana’. People can die from overdose of coffee or too much wine but no one will from too much marijuana.
Dr. Paul Hornby, human pathologist and a leading authority on marijuana research quoted study stating that a person needs to smoke “15,000 joints in 20 minutes to get a toxic amount of delta-9 tetrahydrocannibinol,".
2. Medical cannabis is proven to help cure or ease 200 medical conditions. Here are a few of the illnesses that marijuana can help cure or ease:
- Alzheimer's disease. In 2006, the Scripps Research Institute in California discovered that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can restrict an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase from accelerating the accumulation of "Alzheimer's plaques" in the brain.
- Epilepsy. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University discovered that ingredients found in natural marijuana "play a critical role in controlling spontaneous seizures in epilepsy."
- Multiple sclerosis (MS). MS patients treated with medical marijuana claimed that it helped ease the pain in their arms and legs whenever they painfully contract.
- Hepatitis C. Researchers at the University of California concluded that marijuana helps improve the effectiveness of drug therapy for hepatitis C. People treated with Hepatitis C suffer adverse side effects such as depression, loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue. The research claimed that patients who smoke marijuana achieved a ‘sustain virological response’ during therapy.
- Glaucoma. Since the 1970s, researchers were already studying the effect of marijuana in treating glaucoma. The research showed that marijuana ‘helps reduce and relieve the intraocular pressure that causes optic nerve damage’.
- Arthritis. Arthritic patients claim that they feel less pain, get more sleep and suffer less inflammation whenever they are treated with medical marijuana.
3. Big pharmaceutical companies are behind anti-medical cannabis initiatives. Pharmaceutical companies are threatened by the potential of medical cannabis. Legalizing medical cannabis will surely put a dent in their billion-dollar revenues. These companies are moving earth and sky to stop medical marijuana from being legalized. Politics and corporate greed are the real reasons why legal marijuana is severely criticized and opposed.
4. There are real people who were actually cured by medical marijuana. Testimonials are hard to ignore. There are real people who were helped cured by cancer like Rick Simpson (Skin cancer), Shona Banda (Crohn’s Disease), Charlotte Figi (Epilepsy), Kristen Courtney (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), Peter Germain (Type 2 Diabetes), David Triplett (cancerous lesions), Cheryl Shuman (cancer) and Dennis Hill (cancer).
5. Medical studies show marijuana can cure cancer. Medical marijuana can help cure:
- Brain Cancer according to studies published in the British Journal of Cancer, The Journal of and The Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics, and the Journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.
- Breast Cancer according to studies published in the US National Library of Medicine; The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Journal Molecular Cancer, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
- Lung Cancer according to studies published in the journal Oncogene, by Harvard Medical Schools Experimental Medicine Department; US National Library of Medicine by the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology; and US National Library of Medicine, conducted by Harvard Medical School.
- Prostate Cancer according to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine.
- Blood Cancer according to studies published in the journal Molecular Pharmacology; International Journal of Cancer; and US National Library of Medicine conducted by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology by Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Oral Cancer and Liver Cancer according to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine.
- Pancreatic Cancer according to a study published in The American Journal of Cancer .