Do You Support the Use of Medical Marijuana?

Maryland passed legislation this year authorizing the use of marijuana for medical reasons in certain situations. Do you support medical marijuana? Cast your vote in the poll below and leave a comment to share your reasons.

Also, read a letter to the editor from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty about the topic of requiring continuing medical education for physicians prescribing medical marijuana.

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Hazel August 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

It has many medical benefits, many of which has not yet scientifically proven. I have never heard of any overdosing on marijuana. It is a plant that is grown naturally and not artificially manufactured in a lab, eg; many of these behind or over the counter medications that comes with MULTIPLE side effects. The creator made all the 'herbs for the healing of the nation', He did not intend for us to abuse them. I do not support smoking of marijuana as smoking in any for is bad for the lungs, but for any preventative or therapeutic reasons I am 100% in support of it.

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HJS August 12, 2014 at 10:16 am

It should be legalized for both medical and recreational use just as alcoholic beverages. It is apparently readily available to anyone who takes the time to look for it, and some of the illegal MJ is dangerous. Legalization will ensure that safe MJ is available, and will relieve some of the tax burden on the proletariat of Maryland. Why let the drug dealers meet the recreational demand, when the state can benefit from the demand for MJ. Medical marijuana is a no brainer, it should be readily available to anyone who can benefit from its use.

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v cowling August 11, 2014 at 11:52 am

I support because I have seen the positive affect it has on a family member's fibromyalgia. She is not on narcotics that were prescribed with all of the side effects due to using marijuana for her pain.

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SAB August 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

I would like to see medical marijuana allowed in the treatment of seizures for children whose seizures cannot otherwise be controlled. There has been some good results for these kids and it has the potential to change their lives.

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S PALMORE August 11, 2014 at 11:16 am

FOR MEDICAL REASONS ONLY

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CAF August 11, 2014 at 10:53 am

Recreational MJ contains mostly THC, the chemical responsible for the "high". THC has no confirmed medical uses. Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids that bind to receptor 2 are responsible for excellent anti-inflammatory effects. I strongly support the use of extracts from strains of MJ very low in THC and high in receptor 2 binding cannabinoids. These are "medical marijuana", not recreational strains cloaked as being medicinal. We must separate real medicinal strains and their use from recreational strains in order for legalization to (1) move forward and (2) ensure patients get good medicine that will help them and not just get them high. Let's have standards and use good science.

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Walter LaRoque August 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

This is a complex and highly politicized subject but I will answer as simply as I can.
I feel medical marijuana is a loopole for allowing people to get ahold of an otherwise illegal substance for recreational use. My take is that the abolishment of all vice laws ought to be implemented because these laws exist to punish the poor and downtrodden, allocate revinue and justify expansion for the State and Federal agencies that oversee their enforcement, and justify the expansion of the largest prison system in the world.
By the nature of these prohibitions, the results are a prolonging of addicts' suffering, stigmatizing treatment and encouragment forming of criminal gangs and violence.
Please refer to the outcome of the alcohol prohibition that superseded the drug prohibition.
Shame on us for not learning from history.

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Walter LaRoque August 11, 2014 at 10:16 am

My apologies for spelling and grammar. 😉

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Anthony Walker August 11, 2014 at 9:52 am

My beliefs are in line with the 2008 American Nurses Association Congress position statement that nurses have a "responsibility to advocate for the patient's right to access of safe and therapeutic marijuana." It is medicine.

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Robin Hall August 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

If it helps to control pain and improve one's quality of life I fully support it.

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Anthony Walker August 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

yes Robin...That's right!

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