Should Marijuana Be Legal?
Marijuana has long been labeled a Schedule I drug by the US government. A Schedule I drug, has no medical benefits, known to have high a potential for abuse, and is declared not safe even with medical supervision. How can that be you ask, when many studies have shown the benefits of the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. It is prohibition at its finest, serves no purpose and is a violation of our rights of liberty, due to the misrepresentation of marijuana. The legalization of marijuana has many benefits with increase revenue for the state, enormous medical benefits, and a significant decrease in ...view middle of the document...
Studies has shown the benefits to patients undergoing vigorous treatments for certain medical conditions. For cancer patients, the treatment alone can be far worse than the disease, but many patients have seen increases in their appetite, as well as, decreases in their pain, and relief from their constant nausea. “Marijuana has been found effective in palliative care and improving the quality of life for individuals who have chronic illnesses or are terminally ill.” (Green & De-Vries, 2010) Several studies done in the US, Spain, and Israel have shown that compounds in marijuana could even kill certain cancer causing cells. (Business Insider, 2014) Many patients are not able to complete treatment courses due to the side effects they encounter during their treatment, medical marijuana is their only option at times to deal with the debilitating treatment process. Not only has marijuana been shown to help with side effects, it has also aided in the success of the treatment. For instance, 54% of Hepatitis C patients receiving treatment, who also used marijuana, had a decrease in their viral loads, compared to only 8% of patients who used the treatment alone. (European Journal, 2015) Currently 23 states and Washington, DC, have laws to allow for the use of medical marijuana. It is the hope of many chronic illness sufferers that the number of states increase.
Research has shown there is a direct link in the decrease of violent crime and gang activity and the decriminalization of marijuana. “Therefore, if the legalization of recreational marijuana leads to reduced alcohol consumption, we expect violent crime to fall. It is also possible that nonviolent crime will fall as policing resources are freed up and reallocated.” In the 11 states that currently have marijuana legalized there has been a significant effect on...