By Shelby Standahl

and Zach Rains, seniors

Cannabis use for medical purposes has been a major controversy in the United States and other countries for several years.

Doctors favor medical cannabis use because it specifically helps certain types of medical issues such as cancer, AIDS, etc.

Medical cannabis has health benefits. It is not harmful compared to other drugs, and medical cannabis is changing lives for many.

Doctors should legally be able to use cannabis to assist patients who have certain types of medical problems. Medical cannabis is legal in 28 states with variations of treatment.

With a 46-16 majority vote, Minnesota’s medical cannabis law was passed in 2014 under Senate Bill 2470.

“Medical cannabis” means any species of the genus cannabis plant or any mixture or preparation of them, including whole plant extracts and resins, and it is delivered in the form of: liquid, including, but not limited to, oil; pill, vaporized delivery method with use of liquid or oil but which does not require the use of dried leaves or plant form; or any other method, excluding smoking, approved by the commissioner.

Medical cannabis has been proven to help treat diseases that affect the immune system, including: HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis (MS), inflammatory, pain, seizures, substance use disorders and mental disorders.

Across the United States, doctors should be allowed to use it to help patients whose conditions may be alleviated by marijuana use.