After a wave of marijuana opposition at both state and national levels, there seems to be a surge in the number of movements asking for more medical marijuana research. On Thursday, a group of House lawmakers advocated for the passage of a bill aimed at expanding research into the medicinal benefits of marijuana. According to the supporters, medical cannabis could be beneficial for veterans, elderly people and those suffering from chronic illnesses. The proponents of the bill further emphasized that the government need not stand in the way of the studies exploring the potential benefits of the drug.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, who headed the group of legislators, is excited, as the bill has a broad support base among both the Republicans and Democrats. Marijuana is considered the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. It is estimated that 24 million Americans aged 12 or older were current users of marijuana in 2016. Long-term effects of marijuana include dependence, tolerance, addiction, cognitive decline, breathing problems and hallucinations.
Sessions says medical marijuana may have some benefits
Advance marijuana research has also found support from one of its most ardent opponents – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On April 25, 2018, while speaking to a key Senate panel, Sessions admitted that there may be some benefits associated with medical marijuana and it was perfectly appropriate to study them. Sessions has fiercely opposed the marijuana legalization movement and his change of thought has surprised many.
Another person who has openly declared his support for marijuana use in treating opioid addiction is CNN’s medical reporter and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta. In an open letter addressed to Sessions, the doctor has urged him to modify his stance on marijuana. He stated that after a five-year long research, first-hand accounts with patients and in-depth analysis into the medical benefits of cannabis, he is certain that the drug will not only help treat various medical conditions, but is sometimes the only thing that works. Gupta has urged Sessions that it is time safe and regulated medical marijuana be made available nationally and its medicinal benefits be explored in order to combat the opioid crisis. According to Gupta, cannabis and its compounds have been shown to save lives reducing the need for opioids by treating pain; easing opioid withdrawal symptoms and breaking the addiction cycle by healing the addicted brain.
Comprehensive and long-term care for marijuana addiction
Despite research-based evidence of marijuana being an effective treatment option to alleviate certain medical conditions, it is still classified as a Schedule I substance under the federal law. As the opioid epidemic shows no signs of abatement, more research is needed to learn about the potential benefits of marijuana before completely banning its use.
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