Pubdate: Wed, 27 Apr 2016
Source: Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA)
Copyright: 2016
Author: Neill Ackerman


Editor: Medical marijuana has now been legalized in 24 states, with 
about 51 percent of the U.S. population. Its use it well-known for 
treating patients suffering from a range of serious conditions, 
including cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and other disorders.

In light of the effectiveness of medical marijuana, I urge our 
representatives in Washington, including U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright 
and Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, to take the initiative and 
sponsor a bill that would remove marijuana from its present 
classification as a Schedule I substance that has no medical use. 
That classification is outdated and clearly false.

This would allow medical centers and universities to conduct research 
on this substance, which has many benefits. It may be found that 
medical marijuana could help control pain more safely than the 
opioids that contribute to an epidemic of addiction, overdoses and deaths.

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