You can't argue with results. image: julianayrs.com
By Steve Elliott in Chronic City
"There's no proof that medical marijuana works. It needs more study. There's only anecdotal evidence. It doesn't treat specific conditions. People just want to get high." Every cannabis advocate and medical marijuana patient has run into these arguments, threadbare as they may be in 2009. Even from professionals who should know better -- such as many medical doctors -- the same tired arguments come up again and again.
As baffling as it may be, just listening to the patients (what a concept!) isn't considered "proof" by the medical establishment, which considers such evidence interesting, but "merely" anecdotal.
But after a groundbreaking round-up of clinical evidence for the efficacy of medical pot, however, such misconceptions are going to be a lot easier to shoot down.
In the landmark article, published in the Journal of Opioid Management, University of Washington researcher Sunil Aggarwal and colleagues document no fewer than 33 controlled clinical trials -- published over a 38-year period from 1971 to 2009 -- confirming that marijuana is a safe, effective medicine for specific medical conditions.
Read the rest at Chronic City in the SF Weekly blog, "The Snitch": Chronic City: The Results Are In -- Medical Marijuana Works | Digg story