Recently, New York moved to legalize medical marijuana for patients suffering from various debilitating illnesses, including cancer, H.I.V./AIDS, and multiple sclerosis. Although studies have shown that marijuana use can be beneficial to patients suffering from such conditions by increasing appetite, treating nausea, and alleviating painful muscle spasms, research involving medical marijuana is limited. As a result, many medical marijuana laws, including New York’s legislation, include conditions for which the benefits of marijuana use have not been clinically established, such as Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and epilepsy. This has lead even proponents of the medical marijuana movement to question whether New York’s legislation was the product of well-founded clinical judgment.
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