Marijuana Should be Legalized

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Have you ever had a problem where there was a solution but it was out of reach? Many people suffer from illnesses that can be cured by marijuana. For a “drug” cannabis has many benefits from life-changing to small day-to-day benefits. Strokes, cancer, stress, arthritis, depression, and anxiety are just a few examples. Marijuana can also help control the abuse on pills and other prescription medicine which are addictive and potentially fatal. Marijuana has been suffering from propaganda and bias opinions for many years. The fear that people have of marijuana are that it can affect you in negative ways. Inhaling all the smoke, brain damage, Marijuana is a safe and innocent substance and should be legalized. One of marijuanas biggest pros is the benefits you get from it medically, ranging from kids to adults. Medical marijuana can help many illnesses some examples are cancer, severe seizures, depression, stress, and anxiety. One example of medical marijuana working on kids is Charlotte Figi. A young girl who started getting seizures at just three months old. The seizures kept continuing and getting worse, the medication were also affecting her. She was taking seven drugs, some extreme and others addictive. Then at the age of two her health started depleting quickly, she was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. Dravet syndrome (SMEI) is an extremely rare disease that causes intractable epilepsy that begins at infantry. Then the parents Matt and Paige Figi, desperate to help their daughter brought her to a dravet specialist in Chicago. The specialist put Charlotte on a ketogenic diet that although helping the seizures it had many side effects, bone loss and depleting immune system for example. After two years of the diet the seizures renewed. The father came across a online video of a young boy suffering from dravet syndrome, and he was being successfully treated with cannabis. The strain of cannabis the boy was using had minimal tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Cannabidiol (CBD) was high in this strain, it possesses all the medical properties and no psychoactivity. By the time the father saw this video, Charlotte is unable to eat, talk, and walk. She suffered from around 300 grand mal seizures a week. When the Figis realized the hospitals couldn’t help her anymore Charlotte was already five. That’s when the Figis turned to medical marijuana.

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