Over ten million people use marijuana regularly even though it is illegal, which clearly shows that the government’s anti-marijuana campaign has been useless (“NORML Report on Marijuana”). The government should stop spending scarce federal funds on the campaign against marijuana, and use that money to conduct more research so that the Food and Drug Administration can approve the legalization of marijuana (Grinspoon, “Whither Medical Marijuana” 27). No amount of research is likely to show that marijuana is as dangerous as tobacco and alcohol because marijuana is a harmless drug. If marijuana had official medical uses, then people would be more likely to accept it. Also, the legalization of marijuana would be regulated so it would not be a threat to society and its users.
It is often referred to as a gate way drug and believed to open the door to harsher dangerous drugs. It is also looked down upon due to its mild altering effects on the user. People are worried that when people use it their impaired judgment will lead them to make unwise decisions and in danger their life and lives of those around them. As stated in an article on the Marijuana Today website, there are possible side effects to using marijuana. Immediate side effects include loss of restlessness, excitement, mood swings, increased appetite, impaired coordination, impaired ... ... middle of paper ... ...like alcohol and tobacco are legal with little to no positive benefits, marijuana has a right to be as well.
Should Marijuana be legalized for medicinal purposes? Yes, when you consider that in the treatment of cancer and HIV patients, medical Marijuana is used successfully to increase appetite and decrease pain without the serious side effects of other more modern drugs. However, there is a stigma that surrounds Marijuana and this stigma dates back to the Nixon Administration’s war on drugs. Even today the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration defines Marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. To them, it is a drug that has no accepted medical utility and has an elevated probability of addiction.
Those opposed to the legalization of the cannabis plant in a September 11th 2003 article claim that with legalization of cannabis will come further problems. They say that legalization would lead to greater drug use especially with children as well as drug trafficking from legalized areas. They claim the tobacco and alcohol cause enough problems and there is no reason to add a new product into the mix. The claim is also made that drugs such as cannabis lead to poverty, crime, and violence. They argue that although the drug war cannot be completely successful it is worth it to slow down drug trade and that truly very few people are brought up on a simple possession charge of cannabis.
Also, another theory about an individual failing in the cycle of abuse associated with marijuana has no validity either; studies achieved by independent research firms confirm this notion. The legalization process has swept our country, pot connoisseurs and first timers can enjoy a joint. This paper will provide the statistics, data, and truths about the Herb of life. Marijuana is considered a gateway drug; however, correlation does not equal causation. The National Research Council in their report “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base” found that drug abusers of any kind are “vulnerable to drug abuse for individual reasons and who find themselves in an environment that encourages drug abuse are initially likely to abuse the most readily available drug”.
Many researchers and administrations of the government, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration(D.E.A.) feel that legalizing marijuana is an unnecessary approach in the treatment of patients. Many of them feel that not only those people with the diseases and the disorders will use the drug, but other people will want to use it for everyday problems. First, a doctor must prescribe the marijuana in order for a patient to take it. It would be almost impossible for a person to obtain the drug without a prescription.
Drugs are heavily used throughout the entire world. However, it is important to understand and not undermine the variability in which drugs are used. It is clear some are for distinct medical treatment and others are for recreational use. In the United States, marijuana has been and continues to be a very controversial drug. Some states have allowed marijuana consumption for medicinal purposes, while others have completely outlawed the drug.
Also, it’s known for a fact that marijuana has a high rate for addiction. Some people also believe that marijuana is accepted as medical use; however this is not true. In my eyes, marijuana is illegal for extremely powerful reasons, and it should stay that way. As... ... middle of paper ... ...ere is a side affect of this individual drug. As stated before, marijuana affect our health, such as short term memory and our logical thinking.
However, it is the doctor's responsibility to recognize such cases and prescribe it to the patient. Furthermore, people who resort to therapy with marijuana use diffusers to inhale pure substances while smoking marijuana would produce several hazardous substances, such as tar, that would damage the lu... ... middle of paper ... ...e, and drugs should not be classified and categorized by their intensity. Drugs have the same negative effects on the human body and mind regardless of their level of intensity or severity of their addiction properties. Marijuana is already the most prevalent substance among 9th and 10th grade students with 33 percent lifetime prevalence (Rahdert and Czechowicz 9). Legalizing marijuana would support the peer culture's concept of marijuana as an acceptable experimentation drug, and implicate the development of physically and psychologically healthy individuals who will become unable to effectively contribute to society later in life.
If we legalize recreational use of cannabis, kids below 21 years will not be able to purchase marijuana. So, legalization will actually abate the use of marijuana among kids below 21 years ol... ... middle of paper ... ...use. Alcohol and tobacco which are more harmful for us than weed is legal. So, keeping marijuana illegal too is illogical and impractical. Therefore, keeping this things mind, we should make recreational use of marijuana legal.