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Would You Use Pot If Legal? Half of US Is Up in Air, Study Suggests

A new report from LiveScience shows that more than 50 percent of Americans surveyed would rely on the wording of laws in their own states to decide whether they would smoke pot, were it legalized. The bottom line is this isn’t a “yes or no” question, according to the research.

Sadly, marijuana legalization has become a political football held hostage by a drug industry and federal regulators that fear they can’t make money off legalized pot. According to estimates, between 85 and 95 percent of Americans are in favor of medical cannabis, and nearly 60 percent support complete legalization of marijuana. And, contrary to what you might think, doctors overwhelmingly agree.

Multiple studies have shown that medical cannabis stimulates appetite in AIDS patients, reduces neuropathic pain and spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis, treats chronic pain, reduces (and in some cases eliminates) epileptic seizures and helps treat cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Tourette’s.

Despite this, many are still unable to obtain this herbal treatment. A major part of the problem lies at the federal level, where marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance — a category reserved for the most addictive and dangerous of drugs, including heroin and LSD.

This is disturbing because you don't have to look far to find research confirming that cannabis is safer and less toxic than many prescription drugs. Cannabis often works when other medications fail, so not only is it generally safer than prescription drugs, but it tends to provide greater efficacy. It seems the general public knows this; it’s just hypocritical if not negligent that government agencies won’t admit it too.
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