Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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The use of medical marijuana has been approved in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The states have legalized is use in medical treatment. There is an ongoing debate on whether it should be legalized in all 50 states. On top of this there has also been an ongoing debate whether it should have also been legalized or not in the states that have now legalized. We will try to come to some type of decision in this matter. Should the uses of Medical Marijuana be legal? The use of medical marijuana has been made legal in 23 states and District of Columbia (Hanson, 2014). All you have to do to receive medical marijuana is to get a prescription from your doctor and go to a marijuana dispensary. This practice has brought the debate over legalizing marijuana to the forefront again. If the states are going to legalize the medical marijuana are they going to legalize marijuana for the general population to use? If not what is the difference between letting people use medical marijuana and just using marijuana recreationally. This is one of the questions that should have been answered when we decide to legalize marijuana for any type of use. Some uses for medical marijuana are the treatment of cancer patients, possible benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and may help anorexic people. These are just a few things that the positive side of the medical marijuana believes in. Medical marijuana use can help to treat the effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients. By smoking the marijuana it helps with the nausea and the pain of the chemotherapy. There have been some studies done on the use of marijuana in the treatment of PTSD. In which the interaction between PTSD and poor sleep quality has been associated w... ... middle of paper ... ... Reference Babson, K. A., Boden, M. T., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2013). Sleep Quality Moderates the Relation between Depression Symptoms and Problematic Cannabis Use among Medical Cannabis Users. American Journal Of Drug & Alcohol Abuse, 39(3), 211-216. doi:10.3109/00952990.2013.788183 Friese, B., & Grube, J. W. (2013). Legalization of medical marijuana and marijuana use among youths. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 20(1), 33-39. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed October 31, 2014).doi:10.3109/09687637.2012.713408 FORD, D. G., & LUDLUM, M. (2013). MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION. Southern Law Journal, 23(2), 289-310. State Medical Marijuana Laws (2014) retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state- medical-marijuana-laws.aspx

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