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Researchers say strict drug laws may be preventing important advances in medical treatment

Lawmakers in the Granite State have debated over the past few months whether to establish a medical marijuana program, a hot-button issue that has been met with enthusiastic advocacy and fierce opposition. Many individuals who suffer from illnesses and injuries claim that the drug allows them to enjoy a better quality of life than other medications that have severe side effects, and even doctors have acknowledged its success in treating certain conditions.

In a recent paper featured in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, researchers indicated that the medicinal uses of marijuana and other illegal drugs could be significant. They then went as far as to suggest that legislation outlawing them is a form of scientific censorship that may be hindering potentially critical innovation, reports Reuters.

"The decision to [make these drugs illegal] was based on their perceived dangers, but in many cases the harms have been overstated," David Nutt, one of the authors of the paper and a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, said in a statement. "If we adopted a more rational approach to drug regulation, it would empower researchers to make advances in the study of consciousness and brain mechanisms of psychosis, and could lead to major treatment innovations in areas such as depression and PTSD."

Stick with us as we continue to cover developments on the legality of marijuana within the Granite State. In the meantime, if you have been accused of any crime involving this drug, be sure you enlist the services of an experienced New Hampshire lawyer to pursue justice on your behalf and defend you in a court of law.

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