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What states allow the use?
Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Hawaii, Oaklahoma, California.
What do surveys say?
the public does not approve of legalizing marijuana for recreational
Are there organizations that are infavor of the drug?
for more than 30 years as individuals and groups like the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws ( NORML ) have campaigned for decriminalization of medical marijuana.
Is there a drug that can be made from it?
Study author Marc Feldmann, MD, PhD, of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and a major TNF researcher, was cautiously optimistic. "When it works in mice, you're happy," he says, "but that's no guarantee it will work in humans. However, this is a pure pharmaceutical compound that doesn't have psychoactive effects, so it can be taken seriously as a drug."
Has there been a boast in the use of the drug?
The medical use of marijuana got a big boost last year when a panel from the Institute of Medicine concluded that marijuana is not addictive, does not act as a gateway to harder drug use, and can help ease pain, nausea and appetite loss from cancer chemotherapy and AIDS.
Are drawbacks being down played?
But some powerful drawbacks tend to be downplayed by medical marijuana proponents. The Institute of Medicine's report also found marijuana smoke is much more toxic than tobacco smoke, and urged research into synthetic forms and smokeless delivery systems. Cigarette for cigarette, the smoke of marijuana is by far more harmful to the lungs than tobacco smoke, says Donald Tashkin, MD, a pulmonary expert who has studied the effects of marijuana on the lungs for decades.

"Marijuana smoking deposits four times as much tar in the lungs as tobacco smoking for the same amount of material smoked," Dr. Tashkin says. He adds that it very likely increases the risk of lung cancer.
Is there a synthetic drug that could take its place?
There is a legal alternative to smoking marijuana. A synthetic version of pure THC is available in a pill called Marinol that has been marketed since 1986 exclusively as an appetite stimulant or an anti-emetic. Some patients who take it for pain - which is not an approved use - complain that it isn't as effective, that it's hard to judge the right dosage, and that it actually gets you "higher" than smoked marijuana.

Walker says Marinol does have drawbacks. It's absorbed slowly and unpredictably, he says, so you can't control the dose. And it costs more - a lot more - than marijuana: In San Francisco, for example, a single Marinol pill costs $4 to $16, depending on dosage.
How long has there been a controversy?
over 30 years.