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National Cancer Institute
"Cannabis and cannabinoids have been studied in the laboratory and the clinic for relief of pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite. Cannabis and cannabinoids may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer therapies.
Two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention or treatment of chemotherapy -related nausea and vomiting. Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory and to affect the immune system."
"Cannabinoids may have benefits in the treatment of cancer-related side effects."
American Cancer Society
"THC and marijuana are promoted to relieve pain, control nausea and vomiting, and stimulate appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. Researchers also report that THC decreases pressure within the eyes, therefore reducing the severity of glaucoma." http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/marijuana
Nationwide poll for medical marijuana
"Nearly nine out of ten Americans -- including 80 percent of self-identified Republicans -- say that marijuana should be legal if its use is permitted by a physician, according to nationwide Fox News telephone poll of 1,010 registered voters."
77% favor 2011 CBS News Poll
70% 2010 Gallup poll
"Contemporary scientific evidence confirms the countless stories of the therapeutic effects of medical marijuana, which has provided unique relief for serious conditions, including cancer and AIDS, when no other medicine is as effective or free of side effects such as nausea or loss of appetite."
Faith-based group support
"The Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative states, “Licensed medical doctors should not be punished for recommending the use of medical marijuana to seriously ill people, and seriously ill people should not be subject to criminal sanctions for using marijuana if the patient’s physician has told the patient that such use is likely to be beneficial. Supporters include: United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Board of Church and Society, Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, Union for Reform Judaism, United Church of Christ, Progressive National Baptist Convention."
Medical Association Support
American Association of Family Physicians
"Studies on marijuana used medicinally as opposed to recreationally are lacking; this is, at least in part, because of the current scheduling of the drug. However, the available evidence shows that marijuana is effective in the treatment of chronic pain, spasticity resulting from various diseases (including multiple sclerosis), severe nausea, anorexia and wasting, glaucoma, and seizure disorders."
American Academy of HIV Medicine
"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients."
California Medical Association
"The regulation of medical cannabis will allow for wider clinical research, accountable and quality controlled production of the substance and proper public awareness. "
American Nurses Association
"The American Nurses Association supports the education of registered nurses and other health care preactitioners regarding appropriate evidence-based therapeutic use of marijuana including those non-smoked forms of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that have proven to be therapeutically efficacious."
American College of Physicians
"ACP supports programs and funding for rigorous scientific evaluation of the potential therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana and the publication of such findings."
“According to our tradition, a physician is obligated to heal the sick,” said a resolution adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism this past November.
"Several major religious denominations have joined a growing movement to legalize the medical use of marijuana, asserting an ethical responsibility to help ease the pain and other debilitating effects of such diseases as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma."
"The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) became the latest religious body to endorse legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill patients. By consensus, the denomination passed a resolution “urging Federal legislation that allows for its use and that provides for the production and distribution of the plant for those purposes.”
"Medical marijuana is an issue of mercy and compassion," said Rev. Bill Pyatt of the First United Methodist Church of Carthage. "We pray that the Illinois legislature will have the compassion to stop this war on patients."