The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 7, 2014
With San Diego set to grant 36 new permits for medical marijuana dispensaries this year, the drug is about to become more legitimate than ever in the city.
Does that mean cannabis is good medicine?
Only solid science can prove what human ailments the green, leafy plant can truly soothe, but science has never been in the driver’s seat as far as marijuana is concerned.
Californians approved the Compassionate Use Act in 1996, giving doctors broad leeway to prescribe the drug if they determine “that a person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.”
While much more is known today about the medical effectiveness of the species cannabis sativa than in 1996, scientists maintain that they can’t prove efficacy for many conditions that marijuana is routinely used to treat. It’s often difficult to distinguish what’s simply promising from what has peer-reviewed scientific legitimacy, researchers said.
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