Additionally, smoking marijuana contains these chemicals in unregulated, unknown strengths and quantities. Also, dealers can lace marijuana joints with drugs such as LSD, in addition to any number of harmful chemicals. Hallucinations, paranoia, and fantasies have all been reported as side effects, in addition to damage to the reproductive, nervous, and immune systems.
Smoking marijuana also carries with it all the bad effects of cigarette smoking: bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, cancer, etc. There is no medicine in America that is smoked. No medical establishment endorses marijuana as a medicine, stating that it is not safe and not effective. These include the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Sclerosis Association, the American Glaucoma Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the National Eye Institute, and the National Cancer Institute. Even the Federal Drug Administration and the US Public Health Service have all stated that marijuana has no safe and effective medical use. In fact, the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is available as a prescription in the form of Marinol®. This drug is used as an appetite enhancer, is safe, and is regulated. Those who promote marijuana use for AIDS patients state they are trying to enhance their appetites so that they will eat. The Supreme Court admitted in 1994 that the physicians who promoted medical marijuana did so with absolutely no scientific evidence.
Thus, those who promote medical marijuana do so in spite of all the evidence and exploit those individuals who legitimately have a painful or debilitating disease. In fact, the promotion of marijuana was one more step to “decriminalizing” all drugs – meaning taking away the legal ramifications of using drugs in the US, in order to make us more like Amsterdam or Sodom and Gomorrha. Those who promote so-called medical marijuana readily admit that they desire all drugs to be legalized. Notice that once Californians passed the “medical” marijuana proposition, it wasn’t long before they passed further laws which basically keep drug users out of jail. Passing the propositions also by-passed the safeguards such as the Federal Drug Administration, which regulates what drugs can be sold for medical use in the United States. By using the political process, criminal drug users were able to pass off marijuana as a medical drug without having to go through the same proofs that all makers of actual medical drugs do – no scientific experiments, no waiting lists, no regulations, no proof that marijuana actually has benefits which outweigh side effects, and no proof that any of the claims about the drug are true are required of marijuana.