Banning Weed Is Bad Medicine
The LA Times editorial in favor of medical marijuana in the wake of the Los Angeles City Council’s ban of dispensaries
Those searching for answers to the question “Is medical marijuana good medicine?” will find few in Dr. David Sack’s Times Op-Ed article. On the one hand, Sack concedes, “Marijuana can effectively treat neuropathic pain, and it has been shown to improve appetite and reduce nausea,” an acknowledgment substantiating the plant’s therapeutic utility. However, he later warns that cannabis’ ability to provide relief for certain other conditions, such as lupus and anxiety, remains unproven. So what? Are we to believe that because marijuana may not work as a medicine for everyone that this somehow negates the reality that it is a safe and effective agent for those people suffering from conditions for which it has been proven to help? Imagine if we were to judge other medications by this same, unrealistic standard.