A few major states such as California legalize marijuana and every other state is supposed to just follow suit. Research on medical marijuana should be further into development before others decide to legalize marijuana. Some just may see as a means of helping society, but the truth is it’s an illicit drug. The marijuana legalization will cause a slippery slope effect, causing accidents such as impaired driving, increased child use, and misdemeanor within the law. The Supreme Court has begun to investigate cases of medical marijuana use.
Legalization of Medical Marijuana in the United States The legalization of Marijuana is a highly heated and controversial issue in the United States today. There are several medicines containing marijuana, which are produced by large pharmaceutical firms such as Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb and are legally available in the US market. There are several states including DC that have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. Under the Marijuana Act of 1937, the federal law still prohibits the medical uses of marijuana. The federal law can prosecute and arrest the marijuana users in those states.
As simple straight forward as this question is it was hard for me to determine which side of the line I stood on. After reading all of the articles and much research on the issue I find myself leaning toward allowing medicinal marijuana use. By allowing medicinal marijuana use there are going to have to be many precautions taken to ensure that such a non-traditional controversial medicine is not abuse as many people will try to take advantage of the situation. There are many organizations in our society that are advocates for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Many well known organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Nurses Association and the AIDS Action Council are both pro-legalization organizations.
Marijuana should be legal for medical purposes only. If it was made legal for medical purposes it could help many people who have diseases that can be cured or postponed, the country will have more economic growth, and many people will stop “self prescribing.” It can be helpful and healthy in many ways, as doctors prescribe. Marijuana is a preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant. There are many names used other than the term marijuana: Weed, pot, smoke, hash, mary jane, ect. Its is used to induce euphoria and in many cases to gain weight.
The United States has recently made efforts to legalize medicinal marijuana under federal law. Though medicinal marijuana is legal for prescription in twenty states, medicinal marijuana remains illegal under federal law (Berlatsky, 2012). Medicinal marijuana is an important issue due to the many patients that have not found a cure to their ailment by using other drugs. There is enormous controversy surrounding medicinal marijuana because of those that use the drug recreationally. With those who use marijuana recreationally and medically, it would be extremely difficult for America to set its boundaries for who actually receives the drug.
While it is an illegal drug, according to the DEA, it has begun to be used medically; sparking controversy weather it is a narcotic or medicine and the pros and cons of both. Thesis Statement? As of now, there are twenty states in the United States that allow some sort of marijuana usage. From these states only two, Colorado and Washington, allow the usage of recreational marijuana while the rest allow for only medical usage. The rest of the country considers possession and sale of the Cannabis plant to be illegal, which has landed many people in prison.
Medical Marijuana is a common controversy in the medical society. According to Laura Borgelt, Pharm.D (2013), “your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better.” The chemical THC in marijuana is analogous to the brain chemical anandamide. Medical marijuana may not be a benefit for all conditions but the ones that it can help with can make the difference of living pain free and in some cases the difference between life and death. Although many doctors do not have faith in using medical marijuana as a substitute for common medicines, cases have shown that it can help with a variety of conditions.
Medical Marijuana One of the most controversial issues in the United States is over medical marijuana. Many experiments test the validity of the drug as a medicine, and results of these experiments receive much praise but also some critique. The DEA and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are battling over the issue. The underlying matter that cannot be ignored is that marijuana proves to be a useful medication for many patients, especially those with wasting diseases such as AIDS and cancer. In 1996 California passed Proposition 215, which allowed the use of medical marijuana (4444).
This still leads to corruption, drug cartels, the black market, and prohibiting the right to make choices. If the people want it legalized, the government should legalize it and regulate it like alcohol and tobacco. The benefits of legalization would help the Unit... ... middle of paper ... ...Want to Legalize Marijuana." Rolling Stone. 27 Jun 2013: n. page.
Although, there are healthcare professionals that do believe that the use of medical marijuana can be very beneficial for certain patients. Just as there are benefits associated with the use of medical marijuana there are also negative effects associated with it. History of marijuana Medical marijuana refers to the use of cannabis and its chemical compound, which is THC and CBD, as medical therapy to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. The marijuana plant has a history of medical use dating back thousands of years through many cultures. Its usage in modern times is controversial, and in recent years the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and other pharmaceutical organizations have issued statements opposing its usage for medical reasons.