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How Nationally Legalized Medical Marijuana would save thousands of lives a year.

The use of Medical Marijuana in States that allow access is responsible for preventing thousands of premature deaths according to a study by Dr. Thomas M. Clark of the University of Indiana. The Chair of the Schools Biology Department, Dr. Clark undertook an intensive systematic review of all studies published since 2000 that involved the effect of marijuana on mortality and found that not only is “Cannabis use associated with substantial decrease in death rate”, but also “the results strongly support the hypothesis that Cannabis use is associated with improved survival.” The study concludes that National Medical Cannabis prohibition and the resulting denial of access to Cannabis therapies is actually a major cause of premature death in the United States....

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Why is it high time for the U.S. Federal Government to reschedule Marijuana?

Forty-eight years ago, Congress passed The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act regulating substances into five categories called “Schedules” based upon their medical benefits and their possibilities for harmful abuse. Since that time, Marijuana has been listed as a “Schedule 1” drug. This means that, according to the United Stated Federal Government, Marijuana has no known medical benefits and such a high risk for abuse that physicians are prohibited from prescribing it. The Federal Government considers Marijuana to be as medically useless and as harmful as drugs such as heroin, LSD, and MDMA. At the same time, it classifies more addictive substances like morphine, cocaine, and opioids like Oxycontin lower and with less restrictions. It is because of this...

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Medical Marijuana Benefits For HIV Patients

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is spreadable through bodily fluids and attacks the immune system’s “T cells.” Through progressive damage, immune system’s are weakened making it more susceptible to infections and diseases. If left untreated, HIV can progress into AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and is more vulnerable to common diseases that can be fatal. Side effects of AIDS and HIV treatments can drastically diminish one’s quality of life. Cannabis for AIDS patients has been a popular treatment for chronic neuropathic pain related to HIV. The debate on marijuana and HIV persists, but continues to help many HIV patients. Furthermore, marijuana can increase appetite to stave off weight and muscle loss. Since cannabis has no negative effect on the immune...

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Can You Get Fired For Taking Medical Marijuana in California

Only a handful of states have strong medical marijuana patient protections that prevent patients from getting fired for medicating with cannabis. Unfortunately, California courts have ruled that medical marijuana and employment laws protect patients from criminal prosecution, but not getting fired for taking medical marijuana. Many state courts across the country side with employers believing that marijuana use shouldn’t be accommodated while it’s still illegal under federal law. Proposition 64: Medical Marijuana and Employment Ever since California passed Proposition 64, cannabis enthusiasts have been feverishly waiting for the recreational cannabis initiative to go into full effect on January 1, 2018.  Medical marijuana, however, has been legal in California since 1996 after the Compassionate Use Act was passed. Even though cannabis...

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Medical Marijuana Benefits for Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), sometimes referred to as Willis-Ekbom Disease, is characterized by a “pins and needles” sensation in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Many who suffer from RLS find that these symptoms worsen in the evening, especially when they attempt to fall asleep. Apart from lifestyle changes, iron supplements, anti-seizure drugs, and other pharmaceutical medications for RLS, medical marijuana can be an effective alternative for RLS pain management. Although illegal on a federal level, patients in California can get their medical marijuana card online to treat their RLS symptoms in a private and efficient manner. Better Sleep RLS symptoms seem to worsen when someone is sitting or laying down for extended periods of time. These...

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