Friday, March 25, 2011

Federal org acknowledges marijuana's medical benefits

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 2:51 PM

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An article from the American Independent alerted me to a recent policy change made by the federal National Cancer Institute: Cannabis, it seems, now officially has some medical benefits.

A summary on its website reads:

The potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.

The article says the finding could have some effect on the national government's classification of marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic.

One of the principal criteria for a Schedule I determination is that there be “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” The U.S. Justice Department may have a hard time maintaining that claim if challenged, considering a federal agency now recognizes marijuana’s medical use in cancer treatment.

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