Argument: Marijuana can provide patients with significant pain relief

Issue Report: Medical marijuana dispensaries


“Editorial: Way is clear for medical marijuana in Mass.” Boston Globe. October 29, 2009: “My 29-year-old son, Silas, died of lung cancer that had spread to his bones in 2008. After witnessing the brutal effects of this disease, I can’t imagine why our representatives wouldn’t allow patients access to any medicine that can reduce suffering if it is recommended by their doctor.”

Joycelyn Elders, MD Former US Surgeon General. Editorial: Providence Journal. March 26, 2004: “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.”

Judge Francis L. Young DEA Administrative Law Judge Administrative ruling on Petition to Reschedule Marijuana. Sep. 1988: “The evidence in this record [9-6-88 ruling] clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.”[1]