How Pot Became Legal for Medical Uses

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This article explains how legalized pot started and how it has progressed. It shows the uses that pot has for people as well and the economic stimulus it has provided for California and other such states. Officially, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, NIDA, and the FDA all take the position that marijuana has “no currently accepted medical use.” As of today, 13 states have legalized medical marijuana and are used to “typically to alleviate chronic pain (particularly nerve pain caused by diabetes, AIDS and hepatitis); manage movement disorders and muscle spasticity (especially for MS patients); as an anti-nausea and anti-vomiting agent (for those, say, undergoing chemotherapy); and as an appetite stimulant (the munchies) for those with wasting diseases like AIDS and cancer. Under President Bush, the U.S. Justice Department treated state medical marijuana laws as nullities. These laws were contradicted on the federal level. So even if it was medically legal for a person to be using it, they could still get charged with federal charges. That all changed earlier this year when President Obama said that he will no longer subject individuals who were complying with state medical marijuana laws to federal drug raids and prosecution. While there are many arguments of what is considered a “medical use” of marijuana, it is continually growing; another 15 states are currently reviewing whether to make pot legal. California has an average of 300,000 to 400,000 medical marijuana patients and the number is rapidly growing. California has 700 medical dispensaries (also known as “compassionate-care clinics”) that sell not only smoke able marijuana but also includes marijuana-imbued brownies, cookies, gelati, honeys, butters, cookin... ... middle of paper ... ...marijuana once it is completely legalized and available to anyone over the age of 18? How long do you think that it will take for the rest of the Country to legalized marijuana and what is stopping them from doing so already? I believe that this article brought to focus the amount of revenue that the pot industry truly provides and how much of a demand there is for it. As I stated early, pot has such a negative condensation toward it that people don’t realize how it might truly help the people of this country and how it will help us all economically. Marijuana growing is expanding fields that will help give thousands of people at an opportunity at a job, at an income, and maybe even health benefits. I believe that once marijuana if fully legalized it will bring our economy into a completely different level, and I wonder if many of are ready to be that open-minded?

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