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 Claim: Marijuana has no proven medicinal value.

This claim comes mostly from the U.S. goverment even though 10 U.S. states, including Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska, have enacted laws which authorize the legal possession and medical use of marihuana, even though these laws may conflict with current federal laws.

In January 1997, the ONDCP (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy) asked the IOM (Institute of Medicine) to conduct a review of the scientific evidence to assess the potential health benefits and risks of marihuana and its constituent cannabinoids. That review began in August 1997 and culminated with a report, Marijuana and Medicine - Assessing the Science Base, issued in 1999, . This report found that marijuana is effective in addressing symptoms of "nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety." It provides a summary of current scientific knowledge on the potential medical use of marihuana and is being used to guide medical research not only in the U.S. but around the world.

The Science of Medical Marijuana

Pot Shrinks Tumors; Government Knew in '74

Study: Marijuana Ingredient Kills Tumors in Rats Marihuana - The Forbidden Medicine

From the book "Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts" by Lynn Zimmer, Ph.D. and John P. Morgan, M.D.:
Myth #2: Marijuana has no medicinal value.
Fact #1: Marijuana has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating appetite in AIDS patients, and reducing intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma.

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Medical Marijuana in Canada (2001):
July 30, 2001: Canada became the first country in the world to acknowledge medical marijuana at a federal level (Canada Now Allows Medical Marijuana). The program was later named the Medical Marijuana ACCESS Regulations (MMAR) but as of this date not one gram of government marijuana (grown in a mine in Flin Flon, MB) has been supplied to any of the federal medical marijuana exemptees! The program, initiated by former Health Minister Allan Rock was making progress under his direction, but once Anne McLellan took over the job of Health Minister the program screeched to a halt. She doesn't seem to have the ability to move forward with this project, and she certainly doesn't have the desire to do so. "More studies are needed" is her standard reply. Very compassionate indeed.