Benefits of Medical Marijuana

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Legalizing Marijuana
Marijuana is a very controversial and obtrusive issue in our society today. Although many have made malicious remarks about it in the past, and even still in the present, the truth and beneficial facts of marijuana are finally resurfacing. Unfortunately, our society has become a very critical crowd towards the legalization of marijuana due to the stereotypical view of the kind of people who are considered
“pot smokers”. This contorted perception of a lazy and unmotivated America is the logic behind keeping marijuana unattainable to our citizens. While carefully examined by many people all around the world, the benefits of using marijuana easily outweigh the disadvantages of the plant. Although many argue that the it can lead to further drug use, the plant has showed nothing but leverage to people who have serious illness and chronic pain. The legalization of marijuana would be tremendously beneficial to all types of people in America.
The medical purpose of marijuana is not a recent discovery. The use of it dates back more than 5,000 years. By the late 18th century, early editions of American medical journals recommend hemp seeds and roots for the treatment of inflamed skin, incontinence and venereal disease (Stack). Today, thousands of patients are able to use marijuana as an effective method of treatment for symptoms of certain ailments. This is possible because fourteen state governments across our country have acknowledged the effective healing properties of the plant and have legalized its consumption for medicinal purposes with the consent of a licensed physician. However, these patients are at the mercy of the federal government and its authority.
While marijuana has been noted to be effective for...

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... others who have similar medical reasons should be considered in this debate. If marijuana could stop one of your family members from being in pain, why wouldn’t you want them to have it?

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