A Common Sense Approach to Marijuana Therapy
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Policy Brief

A Common Sense Approach to Marijuana Therapy

Individuals and their doctors should be making appropriate marijuana therapy determinations.

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association study recorded a notable increase in the number of pregnant women using marijuana during pregnancy, where some dispensaries may be encouraging using marijuana products for pregnancy-induced nausea. Also, marijuana is often used by many as an effective daily/nightly sleep aid. Yet, are these practices safe? Unfortunately, tight restrictions on U.S. laboratory research on effects of marijuana use render medical information almost non-existent, creating a vacuum filled with casual information and conjecture, and leaving many ailing patients with little on which to base decisions on therapeutic marijuana use.

Individuals and their doctors should be making appropriate marijuana therapy determinations, but with that freedom comes personal responsibility based on common sense when deciding to use marijuana for a given malady. A starting point for this brief is understanding what current medical and scientific research does and does not say about a few specific use cases of marijuana.

Full Brief: A Common Sense Approach to Marijuana Therapy

Spence Purnell is a policy analyst at the Reason Foundation, where he works on pension reform, Florida policy issues and economic development.