There are currently eight states in the United States which have legalized the use of Medical Marijuana. They are in alphabetical order Alaska, Arizona, California,Colorado, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. All of these states have passed laws which allow the use of Medical Marijuana under certain special circumstances. One other states Hawaii has legalized the use of Medical Marijuana as well (Joffe & Yancy, 2004).
However, the federal government is so set on its antiquated ideas it is actually passing legislation which can prevent even criminalize the use of Marijuana by physicians to alleviate the pain and/or suffering of seriously ill patients. The New England Journal of Medicine has called this legislation “misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” The journal further says that it does not understand the problem of the federal government to issue such terminally ill patients Marijuana especially since addiction is not an issue in this case and they allow the use of morphine in this case in order to relieve pain. The journal further says that it is more important to patient that he feels relief by taking the drug not that there is a chance of addiction, the relative serious condition of the patient deprives any chance of its efficacy being known by a controlled trail (Kassirer, 1997).
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