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Marijuana Legalization Essay

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Research Paper

Legalization of Medical Marijuana
Beneficial or Harmful?
Britanii Hoeche

American Government POLS101: AMER GOV 3196
Mr. Shawn Moore
March 1st, 2012
Medical Marijuana usage and the effects it would have on the United States if it were legalized has been talked about and been a topic for years. The main question I will be trying to uncover is whether or not medical marijuana has helped, and if it would help stimulate the economy by being legal in all states. To find these answers I will also try to find out if statistics show that this drug has produced revenue in states it is legal in already and if marijuana is beneficial for medicinal purposes ...view middle of the document...

It may be prescribed for any condition that leaves the patient less than one year to live.

Arizona – Nov 2, 2010
Proposition 203 Approved Conditions: 2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants
Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including epilepsy), severe or persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis).

Delaware July 1st, 2011: 6 oz usable
Approved Conditions: Approved for treatment of debilitating medical conditions, defined as cancer, HIV/AIDS, decompensated cirrhosis, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder; or a medical condition that produces wasting syndrome, severe debilitating pain that has not responded to other treatments for more than three months or for which other treatments produced serious side effects, severe nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms.

Among these states there are 14 other states that have also allowed medicinal marijuana for various medical conditions such as the ones listed above. Michigan, New Mexico and Rhode Island recently allowed marijuana for medical purposes in the late 2000’s.

National Medical Marijuana Statistics (Medical Marijuana Markets) show that in 2011 alone, seven states support medical marijuana and that it is currently a $1.7 billion dollar market that is expected to double within the next five years. Millions of people are actually current patients and about 25 million are eligible. With a billion dollar marijuana market at hand that is expected to grow very significantly, studies show that this could in fact produce some revenue as a product for consumers.

Medicinal Purposes

A study from 1998 suggested that the medical use of marijuana is common among people with HIV/AIDS (Grinspoon L, Bakalar JB.1997) (Dansak DA. 1977) and those with certain psychiatric conditions. (Russell A. 1997) At that time there were no published surveys to report the information so telephone interviews were used instead. The reports were taken from a general population survey known to have included questions about the medical use of marijuana. The survey involved telephone interviews with Ontario adults aged 18 years or more. Interviews were completed with 2,508 people (67.4% of the 3,723 households in which a household member answered the call). For this report the responses were weighted to account for differential selection related to regional stratification and household size (Paglia A, Ialomiteanu A. 1999)

In the weighted sample 49 respondents (1.9%) reported using marijuana for a medical reason in the year preceding the survey. A total of 173 other respondents (6.8%) reported using marijuana but not for medical reasons. (The corresponding numbers in the unweighted sample were 47 and 142.) The remaining 2,305 respondents (91.2%) in the weighted sample reported no use of marijuana in the preceding year. The most frequently cited...

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