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How many states accept medical marijuana?
With Montana's approval of a medical marijuana initiative, nearly three-fourths of Western states now have such laws while only two of the 37 states outside the West have adopted them.
Why are western states more accepting?
But activists and political scientists also say Westerners are less willing than other Americans to tell their neighbors what they can and can't do. And historically, Western states tend to be in front on social trends.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that states are free to adopt medical marijuana laws so long as the marijuana is not sold, transported across state lines or used for nonmedicinal purposes. The ruling covers only those Western states in the circuit. The Bush administration has appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Why use medical marijuana?
Traditional drugs have done little to help 39-year-old Angel Raich. Beset by a list of ailments that includes tumors in her brain, seizures, spasms and nausea, she has found comfort only in the marijuana that is prescribed by her doctor.
But the drug eases Raich's pain, allows her to rise out of a wheelchair and promotes an appetite that prevents her from wasting away.
Why the controversy?
The courts are argueing whether it is ok to take the illegal drugs to soothe the pain or should they only use the federal approved drugs.
When was the first medical marijuana law?
California passed the nation's first so-called medical marijuana law in 1996, allowing patients to smoke and grow marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. The Bush administration maintains those laws violate federal drug rules and asserts that marijuana has no medical value.
What makes it ok to have medical marijuana?
The appeals court said states were free to adopt medical marijuana laws as long as the marijuana was not sold, transported across state lines or used for non-medicinal purposes. The other states with such laws are Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
What is the government doing?
The government is appealing to the rulerings that it is ok to have marijuana and grow it in your own back yard.