In 1974, researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institute of Health, were hired to look for evidence that marijuana damages the immune system. They found, instead, that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice: lung cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia. In 1999, scientists in Spain repeated the experiment, with equal results.
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California is one of eleven states in the US that allow the use of medical marijuana. The laws recognizing marijuana's medicinal value were enacted first in New Mexico, Florida, Louisiana, and Illinois, and then spread through more states in the past 20 years since the passage of Proposition 215 in Washington, DC.
Yet Angel Raich, a 41-year old mother of two from Oakland, California, turned down her appeal yesterday to permit her use of medicinal marijuana. The case was originally heard in the Supreme Court in 2005. Angel's doctor has prescribed the herb for her since 1997, and says that marijuana is the only viable means to prevent her from dying of her disease.
She suffers from a brain tumor known as scoliosis, which causes chronic nausea and makes it difficult for her to eat. The marijuana stimulates the patients' appetites and relieves the pain more effectively than prescription drugs. Ms. Raich and three other plaintiffs sued the government for federal laws regarding medicinal marijuana enacted in 2002, that trump the eleven state's laws. Though Raich's "prescription" was already seized, the federal court also ruled that she is not immune from federal prosecution.
Angel Reich wept when she heard the court decision, and the New York times reported that she said, "It's not every day in this country that someone's right to life is taken from them. Today you are looking at someone who really is walking dead."
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