phaquetoo Posted May 28, 2010 Report Share Posted May 28, 2010 This is and email from minorml Subject: Re: Your Concerns From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: mm advocate Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 19:39:36 -0400 Dear Mr. Flowers: Thank you for contacting me about the use of marijuana (cannabis) for medical purposes. Many people feel strongly about this issue, and I appreciate hearing your views. Proponents of medical marijuana believe it should be available as a medicinal care option for patients, especially those who experience chronic and debilitating pain despite traditional methods of treatment. There exists both scientific and anecdotal evidence that while not effective for all individuals, marijuana can improve the quality of life for certain patients. A number of medical professionals believe that cannabis is not only a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of symptoms, but it also appears to be the best drug available to treat the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a policy statement urging the federal government to review marijuana’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance to “facilitate clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medications.” In support of this recommendation, AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health stated that marijuana has be! en shown in short-term controlled trials to have medical benefits. There are also those who oppose the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Opponents point out that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. This drug, which comes in a pill form, is used to treat the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. Some health care experts believe there is little evidence to suggest that marijuana has any therapeutic superiority over synthetic THC. In recent years, there have been efforts to adopt ballot initiatives in several states that would allow physicians to prescribe marijuana as a form of medical treatment in certain situations under state law. Several states have adopted such initiatives, including Michigan in 2008. However, on June 6, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities may prosecute medical marijuana users even if medical marijuana use is permitted under state law. Under the Bush administration, the Department of Justice raided medical marijuana dispensaries that were in violation of federal law, despite their operations being legal under state laws. On March 18, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the Department of Justice’s marijuana enforcement policy would be limited to traffickers and fake dispensaries. On June, 11, 2009, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act (H.R.2835). This bill would transfer marijuana from schedule I to schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act and would allow medical marijuana use under federal law when it is also allowed under state law. H.R.2835 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for further consideration. Should this issue come before the full Senate, I will be sure to keep your views in mind. Thank you again for contacting me. Sincerely, Carl Levin Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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