Medical Marijuana Promotion
Medical marijuana is currently a controversial issue in medicine. There are strong pro and con opinions but relatively little scientific data on which to base medical decisions. The unfortunate scheduling of marijuana in class I has limited research and only serves to fuel the controversy.
This article will review the history of laws to regulate drugs in the United States in the 20th century to provide context for the current status of medical marijuana.
It will include the rationale for opposing medical marijuana laws and the problem of the Schedule I inclusion of marijuana as well as other drugs. It will examine the problems associated with smoking raw marijuana and review other routes of administration.
Finally, it examines the inadvisability of medicine’s promotion of smoked marijuana.