The Legalization of Marijuana

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According to Holland, “Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.” (141) There are millions of people that use marijuana annually, and many that use daily. This paper will go over the medical benefits and effects, the political effects, and the laws associated with the drug. Marijuana legalization is creating a huge debate in the United States, and both sides provide extensive research and information on the topic. According to Holland, “there have been no substantiated deaths related solely to marijuana use. (Grotenhermen 2003)” (145) According to my research, marijuana can have positive and negative effects on the user. The negative effects on the user are usually minimal, but in some cases they could become serious. The positives on the other hand seem to help people’s lives substantially. Today, many people use marijuana as a way to better their lives. In several states there have been laws passed that condone the use of marijuana for medical use. These laws enable patients with problems to use marijuana as a type of medicine. Essentially, doctors are prescribing patients marijuana in place of pain pills or other medications. There are numerous things being treated with the use of marijuana, and it seems to be working for most of the patients. Some of the medical uses include treatment of nausea, vomiting, low appetite, muscle pains, anxiety, and depression. The main use for marijuana is chronic pain in individuals. Many people think that there is no way that marijuana can solve a chronic pain disorder, but THC in all different forms has been scientifically proven to lessen numerous pains in people. Scientific studies reviewed by Holland state that, “results showed pain relief significantly bette... ... middle of paper ... ...individual. As you can see, marijuana is a huge debate point in the United States, and it will probably remain to be so no matter what happens. The laws could possibly change in the future, but this will not likely change anyone’s existing opinions. Scientists will continue their research, and most likely discover evidence to support both sides, but the debate on marijuana will continue long into the future. There will never be a complete cultural evolution on the subject, therefore neither side will ever have complete support from the opposition. Works Cited Holland, Julie. The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis: Its Role in Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture. Rochester, VT: Park Street, 2010. Print. Ghosh, Palash. "The Pros and Cons of Drug Legalization in the U.S." International Business Times. International Business Times, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014.

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