the drug can reduce the severity and incidence of seizures. It has been proven to usefully alleviate the nausea faced by patients undergoing chemotherapy. Marijuana has been touted as a potential substitute for pain management, in place of opioids—powerful painkillers that carry a high risk of addiction. Marijuana has even been considered as a treatment for PTSD, a condition afflicting soldiers and other people who have witnessed traumatic events.

Medical marijuana dispensaries, such as this one in Ypsilanti, Michigan, began opening after the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was passed in 2008.


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