The (Magic) Garden State

May 10, 2006

EDITORIAL, The Gothamist

Where would you go if you only had a few weeks to live? Hawaii? Europe? How about New Jersey? This might not be an unreasonable option for New Yorkers suffering from debilitating illnesses such as cancer as the Garden State may (someday) legalize the use of medical marijuana. We applaud Senator Nicholas Scutari, a Democrat senator from Middlesex County, New Jersey who has long proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in the Garden State. The bill is scheduled for discussion next month by the Senate health panel and would make NJ only the 12th state to legalize the drug to soften suffering. While marijuana may not cure disease, it can definitely alleviate the symptoms of anorexia and nausea that come with cancer and chemotherapy. (Remember finishing off that whole bag of potato chips last night? Uh, us neither).

The FDA contends that “no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana,” which seems to ignore studies that have been performed by the United States’ own Institute of Medicine, a non-for-profit arm of the National Academy of Sciences. The IOM has not only performed studies showing that medical marijuana is effective, but the biology behind why it is so.

Is anyone really against this?



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