Expert Expresses Doubt About Medical Marijuana

By Staff Writer

Medical marijuana has become a hot subject, as many states across the country have passed laws allowing its use for treating conditions that result in chronic pain. However, some experts believe that this simply allows the use of the drug to flourish and often leads to marijuana addiction.

Addiction expert Mike Gimbel told local CBS affiliate WCTV that there is relatively little medical research to show that marijuana can be an effective treatment for any condition. Furthermore, he said he believes the fact that it has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration indicates that states should not be passing their own legislation on the matter.

He cited a recent scientific review conducted by the American Medical Association, which found fewer than 20 clinical trials have looked into the potential benefits of marijuana. These investigations examined the drug’s effects in less than 3,000 people.

Still, the issue has gained traction in recent years. A total of 16 states in the U.S. currently have some form of medical marijuana law and others are considering similar legislation, according to media reports.