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More studies are needed for FDA to approve medical marijuana

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes can be very beneficial for people in Ohio suffering from cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis, anxiety and other ailments. However, people in Ohio may be surprised to hear that, despite the fact that medical marijuana is gaining acceptance across the country, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved medical marijuana as a means for treating certain conditions.

The reason the FDA cites for not yet approving the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is that there aren't a sufficient number of studies that supply proof that the use of medical marijuana is both safe and effective. However, such studies can be hard to come by. This is because researchers must obtain a special license to study marijuana, since it is still considered an illegal drug per federal law.

That being said, the agency has approved dronabinol and nabilone. These are two man-made medications that contain cannabinoids. These medications may be appropriate for those who are undergoing chemotherapy, and as a result are suffering from nausea and vomiting.

While the FDA has not yet approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, this has not stopped states from legalizing medical marijuana. In fact, Ohio is one of 29 states and the District of Columbia that has legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, due to the many regulations and hoops businesses need to jump through in order to become a licensed medical marijuana dispensary, it may be difficult for people in these states to obtain medical marijuana, even if they are legally permitted to do so. Therefore, any acts that can help businesses obtain the licenses needed to cultivate, process, test and sell medical marijuana can be incredibly useful.

Source: WebMD, "Medical Marijuana FAQ," accessed May 1, 2018

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