The real question here is, “Why should marijuana be illegal?” We as individuals reserve the right to make choices for ourselves. The government only has a right to limit those choices if the person’s actions endanger someone else or pose a significant threat to other human being. Here are some facts about marijuana use; marijuana does not cause brain damage, genetic damage, or damage the immune system. Marijuana does not cause serious health problems, tobacco or alcohol can or will cause cancer, heart problems, birth defects, emphysema, and liver damage. It is impossible to overdose and die from smoking marijuana. The United States Government; National Institute on ...view middle of the document...
Then there is the use of marijuana for medical use to help people that are suffering from pain brought on by chronic conditions. “THC , the active psychotropic ingredient of Cannabis sativa and a controlled substance, for oral use in treating both loss of appetite due to the AIDS-wasting syndrome and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.” (Cohen, 2006) There are also many research studies that have taken place over the years that have shown medical marijuana has great possibilities. In increasing appetites in patients who have none and need to eat, also helps with sleep and relief from painful conditions. (Smith, 2010) “To suggest that someone should suffer with a painful condition while a viable treatment or relief option exists, simply on the basis of illegality for widespread recreational use, is a fundamental violation of human rights. (Smith, 2010)
Legalizing marijuana would help on an economic level, health issues for patients in pain, tax revenue would help to pay health care and the economy that been hit pretty hard by the recession. It will help with keeping crime down and having are billions of tax dollars spent every year for people locked up for non-violate crimes. Taxpayers will continue to foot the bill for people locked up in prisons for marijuana convictions, to feed, house, health, attorney fees and court costs. When all that money spent could be going somewhere else and to better use.
In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, because they considered it to have “No accepted medical use”. Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of Cancer, Aids, Multiple Sclerosis, pain, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, and other conditions. Opponents of medical marijuana argue that it is too dangerous to use, lacks FDA – approval, and that various legal drugs make marijuana use unnecessary. They say it is addictive , leads to harder drug use, and injures the lungs, immune system, and brain. They say that it medical use is just a front for drug legalization and recreational use. I would much rather smoke pot for my pain, then be prescribed Vicodin, Percocet, or Oxycontin. They are more addictive then marijuana will ever be, and it grows from a seed in the ground. Pills are manmade with chemicals in a lab somewhere and are much more habit forming and destructive to are kidney and liver.
Here are some medical studies, involving the use of cannabis and cannabis extracts that were conducted from (1990 – 2011). J.R. Johnson, MBChB, wrote an article that was in the November 6, 2009 issue of The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. He called the study “Tolerability of THC : CBD extract and THC extract in patients in patients with intractable cancer – related pain”. At the conclusion of this study his findings showed that THC:CBD extract is efficacious for relief of pain in patients...