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Should marijuana be a medical option now?

This site presents in a simple (see slot online), nonpartisan pro-con format, responses to the core question "Should marijuana be a medical option now?" We have divided questions about the topic into the issues and sub-issues listed below. All individuals and organizations quoted on our site are ranked based upon our unique credibility scale.

[Note: Although physicians and attorneys are listed on this site, we do not recommend or refer either.]
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K E YR E S O U R C E S
M E D I C A LM A R I J U A N AI S S U E S

Pros and Cons - Read the top 10 main arguments in minutes

Summary - Brief summary of the medical marijuana debate

Deaths from Marijuana v. 17 FDA-Approved Drugs -- Data obtained from the FDA through the Freedom of Information Act. Includes deaths from Marinol, Vioxx, Viagra, Ritalin, and others.

Did You Know? -- Little-known facts in the medical marijuana debate

Votes and Polls -- Results of 80 state and national votes, polls and surveys on medical marijuana

History of Medical Marijuana -- covering over 4,700 years and five continents

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Studies -- double-blind, human, and animal studies involving cannabis from 1990 to 2005

Gonzales v. Raich -- details on the medical marijuana case in the U.S. Supreme Court, in which the court ruled 6-3 against medical marijuana proponents

State Laws - Summary of active state medical marijuana laws

Index of Site's Questions
Interactive guide to the nearly 200 questions on the site
People & Organizations
See which people and organizations are Pro or Con the medical use of marijuana.
Site Sources
See which individuals and organizations are sourced on this site, along with their Medical Marijuana position.
Readers' Comments
See what readers of this site have written regarding medical marijuana.
What do you think?
Opinions, comments, suggestions, criticisms?

Medical Value
Medical Value
American Medical Assoc. (AMA)
Marinol v. Medical Marijuana
Diseases / Conditions
AIDS (HIV) & AIDS Wasting
Alzheimer's Disease
Appetite / Nausea
Arthritis
Asthma / Breathing Disorders
Chemotherapy
Crohn's / Gastrointestinal Disorders
Epilepsy / Seizures
Glaucoma
Hepatitis C
Migraines
Multiple Sclerosis / Muscular Dystrophy
Pain / Analgesia
Psychological Conditions
Terminally Ill
Non-Smoked Marijuana
Medical Value & Risk
Public Policy
Public Policy on Medical Marijuana
Risks
Medical Risks
Teens & Adolescents
Gateway / Stepping Stone
Addictiveness
Human Reproduction
U.S. Govt. & Medical Marijuana
U.S. 1999 IOM Report
The 7 Legal U.S. Med. MJ Patients
Drug Enforcement Admin. (DEA)
Food & Drug Admin. (FDA)
Federal Drug Scheduling
Access to Medical Marijuana
Clubs / Clinics
Dosage / Potency
Patients
Legal Issues
Legal Issues for Physicians
U.S. Govt. v. Patients / Clinics
General Legal Issues
Chemical Composition of Marijuana
Marijuana and Its Byproducts Defined
Biological Effects of Marijuana Consumption
M E D I C A L M A R I J U A N A N E W S A N D N O T I C E S
2/2/07 - Our Pharmaceutical Drugs Based on Cannabis resource page has been updated to include the newest drugs and indications and the most recent approval status.

1/30/07 - Our comprehensive search engine (top right on the homepage) allows visitors to quickly find a word or phrase on the Medical Marijuana ProCon.org website. The search function at www.procon.org allows visitors to simultaneously search all ProCon.org websites.

1/8/07 - Euthanasia ProCon.org, our newest website, was launched today. It features nearly 600 pro, con, and general reference arguments in 80 questions. Visit the site today and decide for yourself: "Should euthanasia be legal?"

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M O R ER E S O U R C E S
Drug Testing
See a comparison of testing methods for marijuana use.
Gonzales v. Raich
Details the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled 6-3 against medical marijuana proponents.
Drug Rescheduling Criteria
Outlines the government's five-step process to change marijuana from a Schedule I drug into a schedule that allows physicians to prescribe it. Includes a link to the currently pending Petition to Reschedule marijuana.
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