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Availability of marijuana (a.k.a. pot,
cannabis, etc.) for pleasure or medical use

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Decades-long debates have raged in North America about whether marijuana (a.k.a. marihuana, pot, cannabis, and Cannabis Sativa) should be decriminalized, and whether it should be made available for medicinal purposes. In the U.S., the Drug Enforcement Administration has concluded that pot has "no medical value that can't be met more effectively by legal drugs." On the other hand, Health Canada has a program to supply marijuana to individuals for the relief of severe symptoms associated with a range of diseases and disorders.

Certainly, if we were to somehow restart our cultures, the dangers posed by alcohol usage would make alcohol a far more likely candidate for criminalization than pot.

Some research studies appear to have shown that pot consumption can damage a person's memory. But other studies appear to have shown that marijuana has beneficial properties in some applications.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Marijuana laws and regulations: international, U.S. and Canada
bullet Results of an Israeli study
bullet More essays coming

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Health information provided in this section is intended for general information only. It should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your personal health professional for advice relating to a medical problem.

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Copyright 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2007-SEP-07
Latest update: 2007-SEP-07
Author: B.A. Robinson

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