Medicinal Marijuana Should Be Legal

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There are many names for it, marijuana, weed, pot, hash, maryjane, but the politically correct term is cannabis and it is illegal in the United States. The federal government’s goal is to eliminate the drug for recreational use and remove it from American communities, their way of doing this is by completely banning all uses of the drug. However, there are currently twenty states that have overruled the federal government to legalize medical, or medicinal, marijuana (“ProCon”). Yet in the rest of the country, cannabis is completely illegal and if you are found in possession of the drug, you will be arrested. So how can forty percent of the country think cannabis is good for you and the other sixty percent think possession of it is crime? Medicinal marijuana should be legalized throughout the country because it can be used with many medical conditions, known and unknown, it provides relief to medical patients, and it would allow the government to have more control over the substance thus bettering our communities. There are over fifteen different medical diseases and conditions that can benefit from using marijuana, some of these including Crohn's disease, seizures, and the terminally ill (“ProCon”). Patients who have utilized this drug have seen a larger decrease or change in their symptoms than they had with other prescription pain medications, which can lead to greater side effects and risks. "Doctors and nurses have seen that for many patients, cannabis is more useful, less toxic, and less expensive than the conventional medicines prescribed for diverse syndromes and symptoms, including multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, migraine headaches, severe nausea and vomiting, convulsive disorders, the AIDS wasting syndrome, chro... ... middle of paper ... ...c effects on symptoms of multiple sclerosis?." double-blind,randomized, placebo-controlled study on 160 patients. (2012): n. page. Web. 28 Oct. 2013. . Bostwick, Michael, Barbara Bruce, Tracy Harrison, Teresa Rummans, and Karen Weiss. "Marijuana and Chronic Nonmalignant Pain in Adolescents." Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 88.7 (2013): 647-650. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. . Grinspoon, Lester. "Medical Marijuana." (2009): n. page. Web. 28 Oct. 2013. Hoffmann, Diane, and Weber,Ellen. "Medical Marijuana and the Law." New England Journal of Medicine.(2010) "Should marijuana be a medical option?." ProCon. (2013): n. page. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. .

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