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The 16 Top Medical Marijuana Strains

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Chronic Pain Relief

With 15 U.S. states and Washington DC already allowing medicinal marijuana users a legal alternative to managing their own pain, advocates fighting to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis claim their time is near.

In November, California voted against ending cannabis prohibition all together, but the measure was defeated by just over 700,000 votes with Proposition 19 forcing the global spotlight on the issue of pot law reform for recreational use.

Medicinal use of the plant, however, continues to forge on as a trojan horse of sorts. As more chronic pain sufferers praise marijuana's healing power and debate over lost tax revenue and expensive jailing for offenders grows louder might warrant a closer look into the financial viability of legal sales.

In an attempt to take a closer look into marijuana's alleged medicinal values, we consulted Danny Danko, High Times magazine's senior cultivation editor, to help us identify the most popular strains for medicinal use. Highlighting excerpts from Danko's new book, High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains, we compiled a list of marijuana strains that he claims to have medicinal value.

What are the top medical marijuana strains today? Click ahead to find out!

By Oliver Quillia & Paul Toscano
Posted 8 Dec 2010

Watch the premiere of "Marijuana USA" Wednesday night at 9pm, 10pm, 12am and 1am ET on CNBC.   Photo: Getty Images