Marijuana or any other substance that has a positive medicinal utility do deserves a chance despite the conventional negative attributes and connotations associated with it.
The given proposition is a politically charged issue. A study initiated by President Clinton's anti-drug policy adviser came to the conclusion that marijuana could help patients suffering from serious diseases like AIDS and cancer (Kong, 1999, p.1). Still the attempts made by some states to favor the medical use of marijuana pathetically failed because of the supremacy of the federal law that classifies marijuana as a Schedule One substance that is sans any medical use (ProCon.org, 2008). It is a high time that the federal officials should revise their notions pertaining to the medical utility and efficacy of marijuana, in the light of the recent and up to date studies and research (Colburn, 1995, p.1).
The relevance of a substance as a medicine, aught to be judged to a great extent by the possible detrimental prognosis of the disease being treated, to the potential ill effects of that substance.