Medical cannabis IS a legal, alternative medical treatment in California and elsewhere, since 1996 prop 215.
Medical cannabis has been and is being used to successfully treat not only chronic pain, nausea, AIDS, HIV, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, cancer itself, tumor growth, and more.
In 2004, the U.S. Government took out U.S Patent No. 6,630,507 on only the cannabinoids in cannabis.
A U.S. government-funded study by Dr. Donald Tashkin of UCLA proved: smoking cannabis does NOT cause lung cancer; people who smoked only cannabis had a slightly lower risk of lung cancer than everyone else.
If you are a cannabis patient, you may legally grow cannabis in a safe place in own yard, unless local zoning ordinance prohibit it. You still can grow indoors; they cannot prohibit a patient’s right to grow their own medicine.
Cannabis can be safely used to treat depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. That’s why in 2010, the VA issued a written order that vets in medical cannabis states may continue to use cannabis and still receive traditional medical treatment from the VA, too - because cannabis is very useful for treating PTSD and phantom limb pain in amputees, as well as anxiety and depression.
Cannabis was widely used in U.S. medicines for people and animals, you could order cannabis indica as an herb by mail from the Eli Lilly Company, and cannabis cigarettes were sold over the counter to treat asthma, before 1937.
The plot against industrial hemp, that ended up making medical cannabis (know back then as cannabis indica) is documented in “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”, by Jack Herer. This book has been reprinted about 13 times and is heavily illustrated and footnoted. But, you can read the text for free at: www.jackherer.com, which is maintained by his widow, Jeannie Herer.
Plus, hem seed oil also would have threatened the oil companies’ fossil fuel profits.
Popular Mechanics, 1938 published an article the “New Billion Dollar Crop”.
In 1937, the AMA OPPOSED making medical cannabis impossible to obtain.