Yeah, it's a longshot, and there's no wonder it would be a longshot to legalize medical marijuana when there is so much misinformation being promoted by some, including our government, that the topic is completely politicized. In short, too many lawmakers are afraid to touch the subject, or will bend to the wishes of their (small) vocal constituency rather than the facts and easing human suffering.
Why is it that easing individual human suffering is getting lost in the shuffle in this debate?
Now, I have watched several family members and friends that would have benefited from medical marijuana during chemo and for severe glaucoma. I, myself, faired pretty well during chemo, that there was no need for me to search for any sort of pain or vomiting relief (and hell, I put on weight during chemo treatment instead of losing). But, I'm not everyone. Disease and medical conditions as well as meds and treatments will manifest differently in each individual. So, it appears that individuals will continue to suffer, needlessly, due to ingornace or fear, or a combination of reasons.
Interestingly, according to this site,
Between 1978 and 1997, 35 states and the District of Columbia passed legislation recognizing marijuana's medicinal value.
States include: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IA, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, and WI.
While Rep. Ron Paul feels there is secretly strong support for medical marijuans use in Congress, the state of TN thinks otherwise, which egalia discusses here, even though TN was one of the above states to recognize marijuana's medicinal value. Go figure.