Marijuana is now prescribed to patients in 21 states and the District of Columbia, treating both the symptoms of ailments and also mediating the side effects of intense treatment procedures for certain severe illnesses, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.
RAMP founder Ann Lee’s own story involves her realization that marijuana, a drug she once firmly believed was dangerous and addictive, was the best and only solution for the nerve pain son Richard Lee suffered after a workplace accident put him in a wheelchair as a paraplegic.
With support from the American College of Physicians, Institute of Medicine , American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Foundation of America, American Medical Student Association, and the American Medical Association, there is overwhelming evidence of marijuana’s safe and effective treatment for patients who do not respond well to a bevy of prescription drugs for the following ailments:
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Chronic pain
- Chronic migraines
- Epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures
- HIV or AIDS
- Multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Reduction of “Tics” associated with Tourette’s syndrome
Additionally, there is interest and optimism by researchers for use of cannabis for the treatment of movement disorders, in which cannabis may stunt the disease itself. However, medical research into marijuana, and especially the potential for FDA trials, has been extremely curtailed by the illegal status of the plant.
Recall that to be classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, the Federal government maintains that marijuana has “no currently accepted medical use, … [and] a lack of accepted safety for the use of the drug under medical supervision” (21 U.S.C. § 812). As proponents of a less intrusive government, Republicans should take a look at the growing evidence of prescription marijuana and judge for themselves if patients gain a legitimate medical benefit. RAMP strongly believes that restricting the use of marijuana for patients suffering with serious pain, as well as cutting off the medical community from potentially life-saving research, goes against the principles of the Republican Party.