Medical marijuana has been highly debated within and outside of the medical community for several decades.
The side effects of cannibis are not as intense as side effects of other medications being prescribed to patients according to Bret Bender of the Maribis of Springfield dispensary. Effects that cannabis tends to have on people are mild and include hunger, dry mouth, distractedness, and increased blood flow and additional release of dopamine and endorphins causing "giggliness."
Cannabis has been repeatedly referred to as a "gateway drug," but that doesn't seem to be the case. Bender adds that most people on cannabis tend to stay on it and the real danger is from other habit forming drugs such as opiates.
While there are some doctors that are firmly against prescribing medical cannabis, Bender says that doctors in the area are starting to be more open to the practice.