The legalization of marijuana is an extremely controversial topic in America, and it has been for years. It is well known that legalization could better our country’s economy, lessen crime, and can benefit those suffering from painful health conditions. So besides the few I have listed, what is the actual problem here? The US government is too frightened to step out of the box and give us, the people, a chance to legally use marijuana for recreational use based on decades of false negative publicity on the matter. Years of ridicule and the constant reminders of the fact that marijuana is the “gateway drug” contributes greatly to this problem.
Ethical issues and a lack of research studies that prove the effectiveness of Cannabis are the reason the drug has not be legalized in all states. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is working on research to show the usefulness of medicinal Marijuana in a therapeutic situation. According to "Research Medical Marijuana" (2011), “The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s monopoly on the supply of marijuana for research and the DEA's refusal to allow researchers to grow their own has effectively paralyzed medical marijuana research,” (para.
That avenue is to allow the states, all 50 of them to offer marijuana for medicinal purposes to those who truly need it. The government must also realize that by legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes it would be another avenue of a way to fund desperately needed programs within each state. True there are both pros and cons to the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. However it appears that as far as human health is concerned marijuana for medicinal purposes is a much safer alternative for a cancer patient who deals with nausea and fatigue because of the chemotherapy that he or she is going through. If marijuana can curb the side effects than is marijuana for medicinal purposes not worth
It is then left up to the patient to find a medical marijuana clinic and obtain a legal medical marijuana card. Marijuana has a plethora of benefits not only to our society but more for medical purposes. In an article written by John Burnett, he discusses possible outcomes if marijuana was legalized. He states that legalizing marijuana would drop crime and addiction rates. People who are addicted to narcotics due to chronic pain, would more than likely stop using if they could legally obtain marijuana.
Many people debate over whether or not marijuana should be legalized. They argue about the moral issues or moral conflicts that would arise with the legalization of it. Although there is a lot of we could say for each side, if we put aside our personal feelings and see it from the economics point of view, we would realize that legalizing marijuana would be the right thing to do (especially with the recession we are in). In this paper I will be discussing why the government should legalize marijuana by analyzing the financial costs of keeping it illegal and the financial gain we would receive from being able to tax every sale. First reason why the government should consider legalizing marijuana is because expenditures on drug enforcement would
The Harm Reduction Movement began a claim that marijuana could be smoked for medicinal purposes (IBH, 2009, p.3). This campaign for medical marijuana essentially began a “pro-pot movement” which in turn could be related to the rise in use of illegal drugs, such as marijuana, in the early 1990’s (IBH, 2009, p.4). This pro-medical marijuana position became very politically acceptable since it began to portray America as facing a “jail vs. treatment” choice in relation to its’ opinion on marijuana, specifically medical marijuana (IBH, 2009, p.4). The rise in popularity of the pro-pot/Harm Reduction Movement affected the rise in the use of illegal drugs in the early
If the doctors is prescribing marijuana for the help of medical conditions and contrary to the fact that marijuana does not cause serious health problems such as cancer, birth defects during pregnancy, emphysema, liver damage like those caused by tobacco and alcohol than why continue to fight against it. Death from a marijuana overdose is impossible. In all of world history, there has never been a single human death attributed to a health problem caused by marijuana. (Legalization of
There is no scientific evidence that marijuana prevents the progression of visual loss in glaucoma. While marijuana, as well as alcohol and a host of other substances, and lower intraocular eye pressure, the medication must be carefully tailored to the individual to prevent further eye damage. Besides numerous adverse side effects of smoking marijuana, the dose cannot be controlled. Several AIDS patients are using marijuana because of the claim that it gets rid of some of the side effects. Smoking marijuana to reduce the side effects of AIDS compromises the immune system and puts AIDS patients at a significant risk for infections and respiratory problems.
There is a number of evidence to support both side of this debate. For the pro of medical marijuana, researchers have found it to be useful for cancer pain, MS, tourette’s, and other types of chronic pain. Nevertheless, there are cons for the use of medical marijuana, such as, the smoke can be harmful to our bodies, cannabis is damaging to the brain, and a bad image for children, and one can become addicted easily. Even though medical marijuana is legal in 15 states as of November 4, 2010; we still have to take account the research that has happened and is still happening. There are side effects to this drug and it is not meant for
Some people think that legalizing marijuana is the only choice left. (Legalizing Marijuana) Others who disagree say that making marijuana legal will create more drug addicts and drug related crimes. (Zive, 2010) The people that want to make marijuana legal say that there is no good reason for it not to be legal. (Why Marijuana Shouls be Legal) We should have the right to make choices for ourselves as long as we are not harming others with our choice. The use of marijuana is far less harmful than other