Nevada allows patients that have chronic and debilitating diseases such as AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and conditions involving: cachexia, muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea and severe pain to use medical marijuana. Nevada requires a person to have a doctor recommendation and a valid Nevada Medical Marijuana Card to ingest medical marijuana.
Marijuana is NOT Harmless ...(No drug is harmless)
Like any medicine, there are side effects. Marijuana use can be addicting. In the short-term, marijuana use can cause trouble with one's ability to think clearly and may impair short-term memory. Marijuana also leads to motor skill impairment and affects alertness, coordination and reaction time, which is why it should never be used prior to driving. There is also some evidence that marijuana use can exacerbate psychotic symptoms in those with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
Frequent and/or long-term marijuana use may significantly increase a man's risk of developing the most aggressive type of testicular cancer, according to a study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Should Medical Marijuana Be An Accepted Treatment?
Medical marijuana falls under Alternative medicine. Alternative medicine is any healing practice "that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine" or "that which has not been shown consistently to be effective." In some instances, it is based on historical or cultural traditions, rather than a scientific (e.g. evidence-based) basis. If medical marijuana helps people and reduces the need for other drugs, should we make it part of conventional medicine?
Why a Talk on Medical Marijuana?
People are being treated with Medical Marijuana in Las Vegas. Our speaker, Edmund Schroback, told me that his patients suffer from cancer, HIV, Lupus, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, migraines and just, pain. Edmund had numerous stories about how it has helped his patients. Medical Marijuana is controversial. This meeting will be a good opportunity to learn more about how it has affected people in our community.