Recently, there has been much debate about the effects of Marijuana. Many people claim that it has positive effects on people who are in pain. According to an article in Time Magazine, no one has ever died from Marijuana overdose, as it would take a 160lbs person 900 joints before reaching a lethal dose. Marijuana is classified as a Psychedelic, because it "produces dramatic alterations in perception, mood and thought." Although not lethal, there are tales of the numerous side effects of usage, such as addiction, stupidity and cancer. So if Marijuana can be potentially harmful to healthy people, is it really beneficial for sick people?
Joycelyn Elders, MD, former US Surgeon General, wrote the following in a Mar. 26, 2004 article titled "Myths About Medical Marijuana," published in the Providence Journal:
"The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS -- or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day."
What Joycelyn Elders said can be summarized as what the pro-Marijuana legalization parties think in general. However in this, they exhibit cases of confirmation bias, choosing to ignore all the potential side effects of marijuana and pushing for legalization. The problem with the swift push for legalization is that there still is not enough evidence to support the claim that Marijuana is "good for you." So while marijuana might indeed help with pain, the theory that medical marijuana is good for you is still not fully backed up by facts.