TOK claims .pdf - CLAIM 1 Through a utilitarian perspective the legalisation of marijuana would be beneficial for society in numerous ways AOK REASON

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CLAIM 1 ; Through a utilitarian perspective, the legalisation of marijuana would be beneficial for society in numerous ways AOK : REASON, EMOTION WOK : HISTORY, NATURAL SCIENCES, ETHICS THEORY : UTILITARIANISM, MORAL ABSOLUTISM, PRINICPLE OF UTILITY & MORAL RELATIVISM utilitarianism - the doctrine that actions are right if they are useful or for the benefit of a majority. by legalising marijuana the following benefits would be reaped by society Medically - Treat epileptic seizures for which there is no cure. Treatment for children includes a variety of drugs which can lead to aggression, insomnia, liver failure and weight gain and neutropenia ( low white blood cell count - which leaves the child vulnerable to infections) https:// Cancer -According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cannabinoids may inhibit tumour growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow while protecting normal body cells ( this is an advantage compared to chemotherapy which destroys all body cells) - kills-cancer-cells-admits-the-u-s-national-cancer-institute/ Marijuana can be used to reduce the side e ff ects of chemotherapy as it can treat nausea & vomiting Marijuana can be used to treat the loss of appetite in HIV positive victims. http:// ff ects/physicalsidee ff ects/chemotherapye ff ects/ marijuana-and-cancer IS IT ETHICAL TO DENY A PERSON THE RIGHT TO THE USE OF MARIJUANA TO RELIEVE PAIN CAUSE BY LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS WHILE SUBJECTING THEM TO FURTHER SUFFERING? Moral absolutism holds that the morality (in the wide sense) of an act depends on the consequences or the context of the act : Therefore the morality of an action depends on the context under which the action is carried out. Can it really be considered immoral to give a child an illegal drug if it helps to reduce their su ff ering? Legalising marijuana in terms of medical purposes would be ethical because :
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It would reduce the su ff ering of victims of terminal illnesses : Is it ethical to not help someone who is su ff ering because society dictates that it is illegal? If taking medical marijuana could help increase the life span and quality of life of epileptic children, is it ethical to deny them the right to a normal life? In this case the consequences of legalising marijuana would all be positive and beneficial therefore it would be considered moral to legalise the use of marijuana. 2. Economically - Government will save prohibition costs of : approximately $13.7 billion in the US alone. Colorado has already saved up to $12 million to $40 million dollars over the last year by removing criminal penalties according to the Colorado centre on law and policy http:// - dollars-saved Colorado collected $53 million in taxes during the first year after legalization. An estimated
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  • Spring '18
  • Benson Wafula
  • Ethics, Cannabis, recreational marijuana users, illegal marijuana trade

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