Unfortunately for half of our nation’s population, the use of the plant, Cannabis, was deemed illegal. “Before 1937, marijuana was freely bought, sold, grown, and smoked in the United States. Since that time, all of these activities have been illegal, but many groups and individuals have fought to decriminalize marijuana” (Rich, par 1). I find this preposterous! I believe that the federal government should look at what the people want, and pass the law making Marijuana legal, but of course having regulations to go along with it.
In India, medical marijuana was used as a remedy for anxiety. Throughout the 1900s, use of marijuana was seen as an offense, and was banned in twenty three states by 1937. By 1996, the laws had been withdrawn in several states, and California became the first state to legalize marijuana. (Stack and Suddath) Marijuana had been proven effective with the treatment of nausea, tuberculosis, epilepsy, glaucoma, an... ... middle of paper ... ... National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2010. 1-2.
It treated many illnesses such as gout, malaria, rheumatism and bad memory according to Emperor Shen Neng of China. When how useful it was got out, it rapidly spread in sections such as Asia, the Middle East, parts of Africa, and even India used it for religious purposes. Marijuana was a well-known medicine that physicians prescribed often. They would prescribe it for just about everything from earaches and for giving child birth By the late 18th century, American medical journals said that hemp seeds and roots could treat many illnesses including inflamed skin and venereal diseases. An Irish doctor, William O’Shaughnessy was the first doctor to make medical marijuana famous.
The governmental figure sees potential with the use of medical cannabis. According to Walters, “Smoked marijuana damages the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system” (“Top Ten”). Walters is suggesting that this study is only going to do harm. Though there are many people who agree and disagree with cannabis use for medical purposes there are pros and cons to the facts of these beliefs. First medical marijuana can help ease pains from diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
Sometimes she had up to 50 seizures a night until her parents got her a medical marijuana card in the state of Colorado. (Gummow) Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, used for its euphoric effects. (Marijuana) It is often used for similar purposes that alcohol is used for, but medically, marijuana is a great natural cure for fatal illnesses. Cancer, epilepsy and certain surgeries have been cured or treated by marijuana. Today one of the biggest controversies in America is whether marijuana should be legalized, meaning people over the age of 21 would be allowed to purchase and have one ounce of dried marijuana in their possession.
Because marijuana is not legal in every state, it may be hard for many patients to access it which, “relieves their pain and suffering, or treats symptoms of medical condition, without debilitating side-effects” (“Medical Marijuana”). Many of the usual medicine that we take that has been prescribed to us by doctors may relieve our problems, but they come with a list of side effects which does not give the actual medicine any significance. Findings have shown that Marijuana can be used for nausea, loss of appetite, muscle tension and spasms, pain, and insomnia (Discover... ... middle of paper ... ...Americas Coalition Suggests Marijuana Laws Be Relaxed." New York Times. 18 May.