Final Paper Issues Medical Marijuana- POSC

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Issue: Medical Marijuana Bianca Hernandez-Renfro POSC 111
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Issue: Medical Marijuana Medical marijuana is a large controversial subject in today’s society, even politics. It has been mentioned in the media. The use of marijuana has been used for a long time. Only within recent years, marijuana has been more commonly used for medical purposes. The controversies consist of the two opposing views on medical marijuana; those who support it and its legal legalization and those who are against it and want it to be banned. Marijuana wasn’t always illegal. President Richard Nixon wanted a study done on marijuana, to test its medicinal effects, and later he classified it as a Schedule 1 drug in the controlled substance act of 1972 (Sarich, 2012). Schedule 1 drugs are considered to have a high potential for abuse like heroin, and ecstasy, with no medical use and not be safe for use even under medical supervision. Since the scheduling of marijuana, there have been many efforts to reschedule this drug so that the federal government will recognize its medical uses. In 23 states and the District of Columbia, marijuana is legal for some medical use and some recreational use (Sides, 2015). According to Barth Wilsey, MD, who is a pain medicine specialist at the University of California Davis Medical Center, mentions that the use of medical marijuana could be used for people with headaches, diseases such as cancer or any long-term conditions such as glaucoma or nerve pain (Harding, 2013). Doctors may also prescribe medical marijuana to their patients to treat multiple sclerosis, nausea due to cancer chemotherapy, seizures, Crohn’s disease and some illnesses that cause serve nausea. Medical marijuana does have side effects which don’t last a long time; dizziness, drowsiness, short-term memory loss, and euphoria (Harding, 2013). Medical marijuana may be used by smoking, vaporizing, eating it in a form of candy, or taken as a liquid extract underneath the tongue. According to CNN Health article, medical marijuana has been used to help Alzheimer’s patients gain weight, and research found that it lessens some of the agitated behavior that patients can exhibit (Christensen, 2015).
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Also, animal studies have shown that some marijuana extracts may kill certain types of cancer cells while in different studies shown it has stopped cancer growth, and improved the impact of radiation on cancer cells (Christensen, 2015). On March 10 th , 2015, a bill was introduced in the Senate by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York both Democrats along with Rand Paul of Kentucky, Republican, that would allow states to legalize marijuana for medical use (Choksi, 2015). It would also allow cannabis-based businesses in states that have legalized the drug to have financial services from banks and credit unions (Choksi, 2015). The bill would also downgrade the Schedule 1 drug to Schedule 2 drug, which would be listed amongst cocaine, Adderall, and Ritalin. The bill would also give easier access for veterans, which would also allow doctors
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