Even using the words 'legalization' and Federalism and Marijuana 'decriminalization' invite debate as one would suggest that the illegalization was right and proper and the other suggests the criminalization was the wrong thing to do in the first place, thereby creating a culture of criminals where there should never have been. The fact remains that marijuana is the drug of choice throughout the country. While average Americans may be hard pressed to find users of narcotics like heroin or even cocaine, nearly everyone at least knows someone who partakes in marijuana use, medical or otherwise. In 2011 less than 2 million people tried cocaine, less than 400,000 experimented with heroin, but 28 million people
“The Institute of Medicine panel concluded that marijuana has some therapeutic value for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation, and should be studied further in order to develop new cannabinoid drugs. It also concluded that marijuana has limited effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of glaucoma. No evidence was found that marijuana acts as a gateway drug to more dangerous recreational drugs.” (Levy, 1999) Living with HIV/AIDS can be extremely difficult and very painful. You lose the desire to do anything you stop eating, you get depressed, you are nauseous all the time. “Despite the limited amount of data available on the use of medicinal marijuana in the general population, it has been suggested that persons with HIV/AIDS are the largest group of medicinal marijuana users in both Canada and the United States.” (Furler, Einarson, Millson, Walmsley, Bendayan, 2004) While this may be true there are other minor diseases out there with the same symptoms so why should it be so hard for them to get medicinal marijuana?
14 Nov. 2014. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) talks some of the affects that marijuana has on your brain and body. They argue that marijuana impairs your memory because “THC alters how information is processed in the hippocampus, a brain area responsible for memory loss.” They explain that “a person’s risk of heart attack during the first hour after smoking marijuana is four times his or her normal risk.” The NIH seems to have some legitimate arguments when it comes to the affects of marijuana. It seems that their main point is to inform people who do not know the effects of smoking marijuana. They
In 2008, marijuana use accounted for 4.2 million of the 7 million people aged 12 or older classified with dependence on or abuse of an illicit drug. This means that about two thirds of Americans suffering from any substance use disorder are suffering from marijuana abuse or marijuana dependence. Most, if not all the arguments for legalizing marijuana have a greater harm then the ones opposing it. Some say that it gives the police more time for other crimes, but if we neglect these small crimes they will think it is ok, and move on to stealing cars, and robbing houses. The idea to tax it and make a profit will not work the way it is suppose to because of how easy it is to produce this drug yourself (unlike tobacco, and alcohol),and with people producing their own marijuana they will also be selling it cheaper than the government as well.
The book starts off stating that America is one of the few industrialized countries to still criminalize marijuana. It then goes on to show the perspectives of two differing viewpoints on a single topic, in this case that of medicinal uses. “In recent years thousands of patients with AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and a variety of other disabling diseases have begun to smoke marijuana illegally in the firm belief that it makes their symptoms better, despite the relative paucity of medical evidence to substantiate such belief.” (Iversen 2) Iversen goes into depth with some of the most common ailments described by those who use cannabis for medicinal purposes, and how they help, hinder, or show no effect. The author also includes many graphs comparing cigarette smoke and marijuana smoke, and they show that cigarettes are substantially more harmful to the body long
There are plenty of individuals who don't smoke marijuana (or don't smoke it anymore) and still think it should be legalized, so let the facts help you make your decision, not the propaganda. And for those who are yelling at me that there is no propaganda: watch the movie Reefer Madness and remember that often times marijuana was referred to in the 1920s as "Mexican Murder Weed," proving that government propaganda can also be
La Tonya Rice BCOM 275 Week Three Article Rebuttal May 27, 2013 The debate whether to legalize Marijuana has been going on for quite some time. However, many think that the legalization of Marijuana could bring on new problems. There are several reasons to consider the legalization of marijuana, as oppose to reasons it should remain illegal. This paper will reflect upon the rebuttal “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?” In the United States today, 2.7 million people are abusing drugs. One of the most popular drugs among those abused is marijuana, which is technically known as cannabis, but commonly referred to as pot, weed, and hash, among other names.
Second the aspect of legalizing marijuana for medicinal use helps with patients who suffer from cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS is undeniable. Finally, the cost of keeping marijuana illegal is outrageous. First our liberty is at stake. This country was set up by our fore fathers to be free and have the right to choose. I believe that most Americans want the right to choose whether or not to smoke marijuana.
Weed, Pot, Mary Jane. Those are just some of the slang terms for a very controversial problem with the youth of America. This problem is Marijuana. Whether someone is an experimental smoker, long-time, or every now and then, we are not %100 sure of the effects of this drug. There is evidence saying marijuana is very harmful to the body and there is also research that says it only harms the lungs, as done with the inhalation of any kind of smoke.
maraiujjna is illegal by most goverments of the world because of social reasons not health reasons.- people around the world have been smoking marijuana for thousands of years while also using the hemp plant for everything from fabric and rope to ethanol fuel. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, a man with a bit of power and enough determination decided pot was wicked, evil and narcotic. He moved mountains to make it illegal worldwide. In the U.S., the struggle continues to this day to overcome the lies and misconceptions about marijuana that the government spent billions to spread. Between 1937 and 1947, the government spent $220 million on the war against drugs.