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States that have legalized medical marijuana and/or recreational marijuana are familiar with the claims that come with legalization.  Medical marijuana is a miracle cure for epilepsy, can get rid of cancerous tumors, eliminate the side effects of chemotherapy, etc.  However, with current government restrictions, there is no way of proving and/or disproving these claims, leaving potential consumers with a risky choice – do they believe the unfounded claims or stick with traditional medicine?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hinted this week at a coming crack down on these types of “miracle” claims that are unsubstantiated by science.  Unfortunately, medicinal marijuana has been legalized in many states without going the vigorous approval process that traditional medicines must undergo.  Without the research that is generally performed before a drug can even be looked at by the FDA, we don’t know the long term effects of marijuana on users, how it interacts with with different illnesses, how to dose it, etc.  Although federal law restricts scientists from doing research into the medical effects of marijuana, as it is a Schedule I drug, the FDA feels that it is their responsibility to step in when consumers are being potentially misled.

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