THE PROBLEM OF PAIN
In the early 1900’s the U.S. imported between 600 and 1000 metric tons a year of raw cocaine in the form of coca. It was sold in a variety of tonics, elixirs and over-the-counter products. It was used to treat ailments ranging from toothaches and chronic pain to shyness, and to break morphine addicts of their habit. Today, medical marijuana has been used to treat everything from multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, to chronic pain and the nausea that follows chemotherapy. Despite relaxed state laws, the federal government continues to regulate marijuana as a schedule-1 drug, making it illegal to grow, possess and use anywhere in the United States.