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Man allegedly moons Washington police during lengthy standoff in Spokane

Man allegedly moons Washington police during lengthy standoff in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash., May 27 (UPI) --William Wilson allegedly mooned officers from the Spokane Police Department during a standoff at his home and he was eventually arrested.
Evan Bleier
Rubio: No responsible way to smoke pot

Rubio: No responsible way to smoke pot

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) --Marco Rubio came down firmly against the decriminalization of marijuana, while refusing to reveal whether he had ever experimented with the drug.
Gabrielle Levy
Colorado generates over $25M in marijuana revenue since legalization

Colorado generates over $25M in marijuana revenue since legalization

DENVER, May 9 (UPI) --Marijuana has already generated Colorado over $25 million in revenue between taxes, licenses, and fees since its legalization.
JC Sevcik
Philadelphia-area ophthalmologist and daughter charged with growing marijuana

Philadelphia-area ophthalmologist and daughter charged with growing marijuana

NORRISTOWN, Pa., April 24 (UPI) -- An ophthalmologist in a Philadelphia suburb and his daughter have been charged with growing marijuana in their home.
Frances Burns
Two former Los Angeles deputies accused of planting guns to justify marijuana arrests

Two former Los Angeles deputies accused of planting guns to justify marijuana arrests

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (UPI) -- Former L.A. deputies Julio Cesar Martinez and Anthony Manuel Paez accused of planting guns during medical marijuana dispensary arrests in 2011.
Evan Bleier
Gov. Chris Christie stands firm against recreational marijuana

Gov. Chris Christie stands firm against recreational marijuana

TRENTON, N.J., April 22 (UPI) -- Despite public statements supporting smokeless medical marijuana in his state, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking a hard line on recreational use.
Matt Bradwell
Poll finds majority in U.S. support treating instead of jailing drug users

Poll finds majority in U.S. support treating instead of jailing drug users

April 2 (UPI) -- Two-thirds of U.S. residents believe the emphasis should be on treatment, not jail, for non-violent drug users, a poll released Wednesday reported.
Frances Burns
Virginia voters show overwhelming support for medical marijuana, divided on recreational use

Virginia voters show overwhelming support for medical marijuana, divided on recreational use

March 31 (UPI) -- Poll finds Virginia supports medical marijuana by large margin, though the state remains divided on recreational use. Voters also support same-sex marriage.
JC Sevcik
Canada to contest injunction allowing medical marujuana

Canada to contest injunction allowing medical marujuana

March 31 (UPI) -- The Canadian government said it will appeal an injunction that allows people to grow their own medical marijuana.
Ed Adamczyk
Study finds no link between medical marijuana legalization and crime

Study finds no link between medical marijuana legalization and crime

March 27 (UPI) -- A new study suggests legalizing marijuana for medical use is not associated with an uptick in crime.
Brooks Hays
Medical marijuana pills or spray may ease multiple sclerosis pain

Medical marijuana pills or spray may ease multiple sclerosis pain

PORTLAND, March 25 (UPI) -- A study examining alternative therapies for those with multiple sclerosis says there is not enough evidence to indicate whether smoking marijuana is helpful.
Alex Cukan
Marijuana business association lobbies Congress

Marijuana business association lobbies Congress

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- The National Cannabis Industry Association lobbied the U.S. Congress for tax changes and other measures to help growers and dealers in legal marijuana.

Warehouses for pot cultivation hot properties as demand grows in Colo.

DENVER, March 11 (UPI) -- Healthy sales of marijuana have merchants scrambling to find warehouse space to grow it in Denver, a review of the city's industrial vacancy rate indicates.
Colorado raises $2.1M in recreational pot taxes

Colorado raises $2.1M in recreational pot taxes

March 10 (UPI) -- Pot sales netted Colorado more than $2 million in taxes and fees in the first month since recreational use of the drug became legal.
Gabrielle Levy

D.C.'s liberal marijuana law could be reversed by Congress

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress could intervene to nullify a new District of Columbia law which partially decriminalizes marijuana possession.
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Medical Marijuana
Washington floated into history Tuesday, becoming the first state, with Colorado, to reject federal drug-control policy and legalize recreational marijuana use. Initiative 502 was passed 55 to 45 percent, with support from more than half of Washington's counties, rural and urban. Voters in Washington, Montana, Colorado and Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana. Washington State promises to give almost $2 billion dollars tax money received for five years to support of substance abuse, education, health care and research programs. UPI /Jim Bryant
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Medical cannabis (also referred to as medicinal marijuana) is the use of cannabis and its constituent cannabinoids such as THC as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy. The Cannabis plant from which the cannabis drug is derived has a long history of medicinal use, with evidence dating back to 2,737 BCE.

Although the extent of the medicinal value of cannabis has been disputed, it does have several well-documented beneficial effects. Among these are: the amelioration of nausea and vomiting, stimulation of hunger in chemotherapy and AIDS patients, lowered intraocular eye pressure (shown to be effective for treating glaucoma), as well as general analgesic effects (pain reliever).

Synthetic cannabinoids are available as prescription drugs in many countries. Examples include Marinol, available in Germany and the United States, and Cesamet, available in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and also in the United States.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Medical Marijuana."
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