There are currently twenty states in the United States that have medical cannabis laws in place. The patients suffering from ailments that are most widely cited to benefit from the uses of medical cannabis include: sufferers of glaucoma, nausea, and chronic pain sufferers. Cannabis is widely regarded as an appetite stimulant. This appears to be a short list of reasons for legalizing a drug that has been illegal for nearly 80 years, however, this short list contains common symptoms of countless medical conditions. People who suffer from cancer, chronic pain, depression, PTSD and eating disorders generally display more than one of these discomforts that can benefit from the use of medical cannabis. There are even numerous treatment plans that cause nausea, poor appetite, and pain. Also, a quick search on exactly why the cannabis plant is illegal shows that the reasons for the ban were not strictly medical or scientific. Many people argue that cannabis should be made legal for recreational as well as medicinal use but the fight seems to have started for medicinal purposes. The benefits of medical cannabis significantly outweigh any negative consequences of regular cannabis consumption, real or perceived. The states that currently have medical cannabis laws enacted are, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington (1998). All of these states held a public vote on whether or not medical cannabis should be legalized and in each case, over half of the population of each respective state voted in favor of legalization for medical purposes. There are states listed that made this decision in the late 1990's which goes to show that this is a long-standing public policy debate. However, the fact that these states have been able to not only make implementing medical marijuana work for them but also that they have benefited from it goes to show that the legalization of medical cannabis is completely manageable and well received in certain places already. A few of the ailments that medical cannabis can bring relief to are glaucoma, pain, nausea, PTSD, depression, and suppressed appetites. While this is only listing four ailments, there are several medical conditions and even treatments that cause these issues for those who are already dealing with an illness. Chemotherapy is known to cause nausea as well as suppressing one's appetite. Pain is also common for people who suffer from various forms of cancer. Certain general antibiotics cause these issues as well. With so many side effects to medication prescribed to those who are already ill, why would one not prefer an alternative, which has been shown to provide actual relief? There has been so much research done in this field thus far that medical marijuana providers are now able to provide specific strains of marijuana for specific issues. There are strains that specifically bring pain relief and cause a soothing calm effect. Other strains are shown to help with nausea and cause less of a psychoactive effect so as to not cause further nausea or dizziness. With this much information available to physicians, there is so much relief that can be provided to those in need who are still experiencing unnecessary discomfort and pain due to legalities. While many people will claim that marijuana is illegal due to being addictive, dangerous, and similar to the likes of serious drugs such as heroin, this is all unfounded. First of all, there is no observable evidence that cannabinoids are physically addictive, and the anecdotal cases of "addiction" as reported by drug rehabilitation centers are misidentified compulsions. However, people can become chemically addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, and prescription medications which are all legal to those of age or who possess a prescription from a physician. Any one person may…
Marijuana: A Controversial Argument
I think marijuana is and will always be a controversial argument. In my opinion marijuana should only be legalized for medical purposes, not for recreational use. As a civilized society we should be thinking about preventing and staying away from drugs that can harm us as individuals and society. It is proven that medical marijuana can be an option to treating tumors and cancers. Also, it is scientifically confirmed that marijuana has anti-cancer properties that…
Legalization of marijuana: The present
The legalization of marijuana is a controversial topic that has an impact on today’s society. A lot of people want to ban the use of marijuana in the United States for medical and recreational use the main group of people is the federal government. Marijuana activists think otherwise. They think that smoking weed is a way to get in touch with their spiritual side. Currently 18 states have legalized marijuana for medical use (medical marijuana pros and cons.org)…
Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
Medical Marijuana Initiative Section 1. Section 11362.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read: 11362.5. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. (b) (l) The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows: (A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical…
Medical Marijuana Today
I want my audience to learn about about the research and the impact of medical marijuana on today’s society.
The use of marijuana to treat various medical conditions- or Medical marijuana - is a controversial topic and has been for quite sometime.
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Under federal law, only FDA approved medications are legal to prescribe- and marijuana is not one of those. Still, currently nineteen states have approved…
Legalization of Medical Marijuana
Mr. B. Prestwood
October 3rd, 2014
Legalization of medical marijuana is a major topic among the world today. Marijuana for medical purposes is good because it helps relieve pain in patients with both short term and terminal medical issues, such as, cancer, glaucoma, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, and epileptic seizures. Some have even said that ingredients in marijuana have helped cure certain diseases. A couple…
Medical Marijuana in New Jersey
Drugs have been an ongoing concern for hundreds of years. Marijuana has been the most frequently used illegal drug in the United States. One of the first introductions of marijuana was in 1840 where medicines containing a cannabis base were available in the United States (Narconon, “Marijuana Timeline” par. 33). But ever since 1876, when “the sultan of Turkey gave marijuana to the U.S. as a gift,” America has been hooked…
overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS -- or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day."
-- Joycelyn Elders, MD
Former US Surgeon General
Editorial, Providence Journal
Mar. 26, 2004
"Although I understand many believe marijuana is the most…
Richard Davis Neff
October 16, 2012
More than 100,000 U.S. deaths are caused by excessive alcohol consumption each year. Direct and indirect causes of death include drunk driving, cirrhosis of the liver, falls, cancer, and stroke. In that same year a staggering 440,000 people die from tobacco use in the U.S. Nearly 1 of every 5 deaths is related to smoking. Cigarettes kill more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and…
Feburary 27, 2015
Should Marijuana be legalized?
Marijuana is the most used out of all illegal substances in the United States, and for that matter around the world; this is what seems to be in every article that I’ve read about legalizing marijuana. Is marijuana useful in reducing pain? Are other therapies equally effective? In this report I am going to write about the benefits of legalizing medical marijuana.
Greenwell, G. T. (2012). Medical marijuana use for chronic pain: risks and benefits…
May 3, 2013
Barrett, D. (2009, Feb. 7)
Change in U.S. Medical Marijuana Policy Likely
The Times West Virginian Retrieved 4,29, 2013
From, Http//:timeswv.com/headline news/x681698441/change-in-us-medical-marijuana-policy-1
A hopeful change in U.S. medical marijuana policy is likely, (Barrett, D 2009) to happen. The White House and Drug Enforcement Administration will not say for sure, but there could be some changes made. In 2009 it was said that, “ Experts believe the…