Prohibition vs Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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Prohibition versus Legalizing Medical Marijuana The use of alternative therapy is often criticized due to the lack of scientific testing and results in a strong argument of safety and efficacy. Studies show that forty percent of the general public is using some form of Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) (Annas). Medical marijuana is also termed as alternative medicine, unconventional, complementary or integrative (Annas). The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is gaining momentum because doctors have been prescribing medicinal marijuana to treat pain, nausea, severe weight loss, and vomiting which are side effects associated with chemotherapy and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Fifteen states have approved the use of medical marijuana. Prohibition versus legalization provides empirical questions as it has been the subject of an ongoing political debate with validating medical necessity, weighing government expenditures, hypothetical impact on the youth’s perception of legalization, and the speculation that legalization will improve the economic climate by generating revenue. Marijuana astonishingly has a plethora of ways to provide unyielding revenue streams for medicinal purposes, by producing a copious supply of paper, and fiber yet consequently it is not the miraculous answer to solving the national debt woes, nor is it the answer to ending the recession; legalizing medicinal marijuana will reduce expenditure on law enforcement, assist as complimentary therapy for medicinal purposes, and increase tax revenue from legalized sales. What is so unique about this mysterious plant that is labeled to be such a harmful drug? Marijuana has more uses than any plant known to man (Herer 17). Marijuana is duly noted as the number-one renewable plant per annum, it is completely sustainable, and does not require pesticides (Herer). Cannabis

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