Legalization Of Marijuana Essay, Research Paper
Marijuana is the most profitable and versatile plant in the world, yet it is illegal. Tobacco and alcohol have no medicinal values, but they are legal. Where as marijuana has thousands of positive uses and it is illegal. Marijuana should be made legal for its many positive therapeutic, environmental, and economic effects.
Marijuana can ease the symptoms of many different diseases and disorders. Smoking marijuana can improve symptoms associated with cancer and AIDS. According to Steven Sallon, smoking marijuana reduces the amount of vomiting and nausea in cancer treatment. In the article, Marijuana as Medicine , it states that marijuana can decrease appetite lose, vomiting, and chronic pain associated with chemotherapy in AIDS treatment. The article also says that marijuana helped a women maintain her weight because she became anorexic from her chemotherapy. As well, it says that the anorexic woman was denied prescriptions for Marinol and marijuana, and she cannot afford to buy her own so she has to suffer now.
Smoking marijuana also has many therapeutic uses in easing the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Meinck says that after smoking marijuana the man gained more movement in his knees and ankles. He also states the sexual value of marijuana. Meinck says that the man with MS could not have an erection last for more than 5 minutes but after smoking marijuana he could have erections last for 30 minutes or more.
The chronic motor handicaps of the man with Multiple Sclerosis actually improved while he smoked a marijuana cigarette. (Meinck)
He also states that the man also had to use a wheel chair, but after smoking weed he could climb stairs and walk on flat ground.
Marijuana can also have very strong effects on pain. In a study, Ethan states, marijuana was tested and proved to be more powerful, in pain relief, than aspirin. He also says that ten milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana, is just as effective, if not more than sixty milligrams of codeine. According to Ethan s article, after smoking cannabis patients threshold of pain doubled.
Marijuana also has many other therapeutic uses than just pain relief and easing the symptoms of AIDS and cancer. In the article, Hemp for Health, it states marijuana can also treat asthma, glaucoma, epilepsy, muscle spasms, migraines, stress, depression, arthritis, and rheumatism among hundreds of other disorders. It also says, statistically, cannabis users live two years longer that non-users. The article states, medicinal marijuana would also be very effective in helping children. According to Hemp for Health, smoking marijuana it prevents many diseases and disorders and adds relief by adding years to their lives.
According to Ethan, tetrahydrocannabinol reduces pain related to cholera and tetanus. He also says that smoking pot relieves pain from patients suffering from rabies. The high from smoking marijuana causes mood enhancement, anxiety reduction and mild sedation depending on the quality (Marijuana and Medicine).
In cases where immediate effect is desired the drug should be smoked in fits of depression, mental fatigue, nervous headache, feelings of fatigue disappear and the subject is able to continue his work refreshed and soothed. (Ethan)
The government tells many lies about the negative effects of smoking marijuana but they are all false. The government says that smoking marijuana causes laziness, lack of motivation,
and it leads to harder drugs but this is all wrong. Ethan states that a study in Jamaica showed that after smoking marijuana workers did not lack motivation or efficiency. He also says that when under the influence of cannabis, no patients were severely impaired enough to not be capable of operating a car or a truck.
Question: does marijuana lead to harder drugs? Answer: There is no evidence that marijuana serves as a stepping-stone on the basis of its particular physiological effect. (Common Questions about Marijuana)
A cigarette filled with tobacco produces as mush as four times the amount of tar as a joint. The only way a person might experience behavioral changes in laziness is when they smoke pot four to five times daily. Only the heavy marijuana smokers (4-5 times daily) became dependent but the percent of users who became addicted is less than half of the users who became dependent on alcohol and tobacco (Common Questions About Marijuana). Even though the government says how dangerous marijuana is to the body, there are very minor dangers from inhaling smoke but they are not comparable to the positive values. As said in Marijuana and Medicine , there are very little, if any effects on the immune system that should prevent marijuana from becoming legal.
There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana causes cancer in humans, including cancers usually related to tobacco use. (Common Questions About Marijuana)
The federal government believes that if marijuana is legalized that children will think that it is okay to smoke for pleasure and the usage levels will go up.
The perceived risk of marijuana use did not change among California youths between 1996 and 1997. In summary, there is no evidence that the medical
marijuana debate has altered adolescents perceptions of the risks associated with marijuana use. (Marijuana and Medicine)
The article, Marijuana as Medicine states, there is also no evidence that if marijuana is made legal that the usage levels will go up. When opiates were made legal there was no change in the usage level. The government and anti-drug campaigns also say that marijuana causes teens to become rebellious and anti-social. However, according to Marijuana and Medicine , there is no proof that marijuana causes kids to become rebellious and anti social.
There are many laws that make possession and distribution of marijuana illegal, even though many people oppose the laws. Ethan states, marijuana was made illegal in 1937, although…
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