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Although medical marijuana has been proven to relieve pain and treat the symptoms of many life-threatening illnesses, the harmful side effects, the possibility of addiction and Americans untrustworthiness causes medical marijuana to be an implausible healing agent. Marijuana, also known as weed, is smoked for the high, as well as for “nausea, glaucoma, appetite simulations, mucous membrane inflammation, leprosy, fever, dandruff, hemorrhoids, obesity, asthma, urinary tract infections, cough, anorexia associated with weight loss in AIDS patients, pain, and multiple sclerosis” (“Marijuana Overview Information”). Medicines to treat some of the listed ailments have not been found as of, yet so patients are suffering from pain and ongoing symptoms from their disease or illness. The only treatment for some of these ongoing symptoms and pain is medical marijuana. This is why medical marijuana is being pushed to be legalized in America.
The solution to this problem could be traced back to one medication known as medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has proven to be effective in treating illnesses, it is easily accessible, and substantially beneficial to the economy. According to the file “Issues and Controversies”, medical marijuana is an alternative medicine which is used to both treat and prevent illnesses in ways that are not currently being used in hospitals right now (Alternate). The file named “Medical Marijuana” describes this plant as being beneficial in multiple ways and having great potential in helping people all over the country. This medication has been outlawed by the government since 1990 as a Schedule I illegal drug because it was said to be harmful and addictive (Issues).
Marijuana used for vomiting and nausea has been proven highly effective. The medical marijuana serves as an appetite stimulate to help cancer treatment related anorexia. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, AACR (2007), found that medical marijuana could help slow down tumor growth. Meanwhile, some doctors like Jones, MD, PhD, and Director of the Drug Dependence Research Center (2001) say that there are other medications to take and are better treatments than medical marijuana. Even though there are many other medications available, everyone is different and sometimes other treatments than over-the-counter may be the best for a patients’ health.