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Pro marijuana legalization groups such as the Physician's Association for AIDS Care and the National Lymphoma Foundation argue that marijuana should be legalized in order to treat terminally ill patients. Among them are AIDS victims who find that marijuana stimulates their appetites so they can fight off dangerous weight loss; glaucoma sufferers who have used marijuana said it has prevented them from going blind, and cancer patients say it lessens the severe nausea that often accompanies chemotherapy and sometimes makes lifesaving treatment impossible.

Due to all these lobbying groups, it clearly shows substantial evidence that marijuana can be used as a prescribed drug. Also many advocates who are pro marijuana complain that morphine and cocaine are legal and are very dangerous drugs which brings up the question why not legalize marijuana as a medical drug which is proven to be less dangerous than cocaine and morphine. Lobbying groups in a San Diego, California, council committee unanimously voted to urge president Bill Clinton (when he was president) and Congress to end federal restrictions against the use of marijuana for " legitimate medical use." City council woman Christine Kehoe said she wanted to get laid in the city of San Diego "to go on the record we support the medical use of marijuana. marijuana can be a drug of necessity in the treatment of AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and multiple sclerosis. ''

Many agencies, which are anti-marijuana such as the Drug Enforcement Agency and police departments, argue that marijuana shouldn't be legalized. These agencies believe that marijuana shouldn't be legalized because if marijuana is to become legal then thousands more patients will use marijuana. Then people will raise the question why marijuana illegal at all if its a medicine.

The main reason why the D.E.A. doesn't want marijuana to be legal is because there is no hard evidence that proves that marijuana is an effective drug as a medicine. Twenty years of research has produced no reliable scientific proof that marijuana has medical value. The American Cancer Society, American Glaucoma Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, or the American Medical Association, say that there is no evidence that marijuana is a medicine.

The agencies also argues that no other drug prescribed is smoked and that new findings show that marijuana is acutely harmful to AIDS & Cancer patients because the active ingredient in marijuana acutely reduces the bodies white blood cells which fight off infection. The Drug Enforcement Agency along with police departments all over the United States believe, with the legalization of drugs, crime will



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