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[Dec. 12th, 2004|09:38 am]
Aspects of Criminalization
Medical Marijuana Facts

State Laws Protecting Patients

Effective medical marijuana laws have been enacted through ballot initiatives in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. In Hawaii, an effective law was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in June 2000. In Vermont, an effective law was passed by the legislature and allowed to become law without the governor's signature in May 2004.

Medical Value

Doctors and patients have found that marijuana can ease the symptoms of a variety of diseases, including: relief from nausea and increase of appetite; reduction of intraocular ("within the eye") pressure; reduction of muscle spasms; and relief from chronic pain.

Many doctors recommend that their patients use marijuana as medicine when other prescriptions have failed. Indeed, access to medical marijuana is supported by: American Academy of Family Physicians; American Nurses Association; American Public Health Association; Lymphoma Foundation of America; National Nurses Society on Addictions; American Preventive Medical Association; New England Journal of Medicine; and National Association of People With AIDS.