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Voters in Oregon, Alaska, D.C. to vote on legal weed

Voters in Oregon, Alaska, D.C. to vote on legal weed

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) --Voters in Alaska and Oregon will decide next Tuesday whether to join Colorado and Washington in legalizing -- and taxing -- recreational marijuana.
Frances Burns
Control of Congress, divisive issues face voters on Tuesday

Control of Congress, divisive issues face voters on Tuesday

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) --Voters across the country face a slate of races to decide control of Congress and whether the nation is able to move forward on a host of divisive issues.
Gabrielle Levy
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia

Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 20 (UPI) --A veteran of the U.S. Marines who is now an advocate for marijuana became the first person Monday to get a ticket under Philadelphia's new law.
Frances Burns
Medical marijuana ordering app offers pot delivery

Medical marijuana ordering app offers pot delivery

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17 (UPI) --A San Francisco startup's Meadow smartphone app allows medical marijuana patients to order pot deliveries right to their doors.
Ben Hooper
Colo. Supreme Court weighs firing for medical marijuana use

Colo. Supreme Court weighs firing for medical marijuana use

DENVER, Sept. 30 (UPI) --The fate of a man fired for using medical marijuana -- legal in Colorado at the time -- depends on the state Supreme Court's definition of the word "lawful."
Frances Burns
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'

Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 22 (UPI) --A now-former news anchor in Alaska made a dramatic exit Sunday, resigning from her position on-air after coming out as the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club.
Matt Bradwell
Los Angeles bakery delivers marijuana-infused pizzas

Los Angeles bakery delivers marijuana-infused pizzas

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) --A new startup in Los Angeles is delivering marijuana-infused pizzas to medical marijuana patients.
Thor Benson
Mixed reactions as Berkeley mandates free medical marijuana for low-income patients

Mixed reactions as Berkeley mandates free medical marijuana for low-income patients

BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) --The city of Berkeley has mandated marijuana dispensaries donate to low-income patients, effectively offering free medical marijuana to the under-privileged.
Matt Bradwell
Fewer prescription pill overdoses in medical marijuana states

Fewer prescription pill overdoses in medical marijuana states

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Residents of states where medical marijuana is legalized suffer fewer overdoses from prescription pain medication than elsewhere.
Brooks Hays
Sarah Silverman brings liquid pot to the Emmy Awards

Sarah Silverman brings liquid pot to the Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Sarah Silverman unveiled her vaporizing pen while letting Giuliana Rancic rummage though her clutch at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards Monday night.
Veronica Linares
Move over graphene, hello weed-powered super batteries

Move over graphene, hello weed-powered super batteries

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13 (UPI) --Researchers say industrial hemp fibers could be used to build the next generation of supercapacitors.
Brooks Hays
Kris Jenner tries marijuana for the first time on 'KUWTK'

Kris Jenner tries marijuana for the first time on 'KUWTK'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 (UPI) --The Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner surprised viewers by getting high on marijuana during Sunday's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
Veronica Linares
California medical marijuana patients file suit over pollution caused by driving to get pot

California medical marijuana patients file suit over pollution caused by driving to get pot

SAN DIEGO , Aug. 7 (UPI) --The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit about the way that the city of San Diego has authorized medical marijuana co-ops in the city.
Evan Bleier
$50,000 of marijuana stolen from Seattle dispensary

$50,000 of marijuana stolen from Seattle dispensary

SEATTLE, Aug. 6 (UPI) --Police in Seattle are searching for a team of thieves who carved a hole in a wall of a local medical marijuana dispensary to steal $50,000 worth of pot.
Matt Bradwell
L.A. seeks court order to stop marijuana farmers' market

L.A. seeks court order to stop marijuana farmers' market

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) --Los Angeles medical marijuana farmers' market may be shutting down just two weeks after opening if City Attorney Mike Feuer gets his way.
Matt Bradwell
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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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