As medical marijuana legalization continues to gain momentum, high level political pundits are wasting no time jumping on the marijuana band wagon as it trails it's way towards legalization. Since March, politicians such as Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as well as Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kristen Gillibrand of New York, have been steadily pitching the Senate floor for the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect State Act, hoping to gain more official insight into the medical uses of the marijuana.
Now, with a new study being released from an organization backed by the feds themselves, it's hard to deny, even from it's current classification as a Schedule 1 drug, that marijuana's evolution into the world of medicine will be stopping anytime soon.
According to the recent study
released from the federally sponsored, National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana not only decreases but kills cancer cells. Although this may seem like old hat to many in the cannabis community who have been faithful to the healing powers of the herb all along, the fact that the federal government is actually admitting to it now, should raise the eyebrows of many advocates, who, for the most part, are being left with the unsavory question to ponder: Why now, when so much suffering could have been prevented before?
Within the findings of the research, which had been revised earlier this month, claims were made such as the fact that "recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of radiation."
The fact that the federal government is finally admitting that marijuana can be used medicinally, as opposed to merely a way for folks to get high, should come as a relief to many advocates who have felt, for the longest time, like studies of this nature, have been long overdue. Offering patients an organic alternative to pharmaceutical medications is the least that the government should be doing to end the epidemic of incurable diseases that continue to take a toll on taxpayers, but in the meantime, more research is still needed to convince the medical community, that not everyone wants to take pills to feel better.