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Running head: THE NEED TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA 1 The Need to Legalize Medical Marijuana Chamberlain College of Nursing PHIL 347N: Critical Reasoning
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THE NEED TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA 2 The Need to Legalize Medical Marijuana Currently medical marijuana is defined by the United States government as a schedule I drug. This means that the government determines that medical marijuana is on the same level as Heroin, LSD, MDMA/Ecstasy, GHB and couple more illicit drugs listed, which are determined by the DEA to have no accepted medical use for treatment. Marijuana should be at the very least reclassified as a schedule II drug. By reclassifying marijuana, it would bring marijuana down to the same level as Codeine, Oxycodone, Adderall, Dilaudid, Fentanyl, etc. Which are all medical drugs that are used to treat patients with certain ailments such as pain that marijuana can be used to treat. Marijuana, or Cannabis, has more therapeutic uses than those other hard drugs in the schedule I drug list. Medical marijuana should be officially sanctioned and fully legalized by the U.S. Government, so it can be used for medicinal purposes because of its therapeutic and healing properties in place of opioids. Medical marijuana should be federally legalized because it is safer to consume than prescription opioids, such as oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone and others that help with chronic pain. Medical marijuana has less side effects and creates a better quality of life than opioids for chronic pain patients. According to Boehnke, Litinas, & Clauw (2016), “Among study participants, medical cannabis use was associated with a 64% decrease in opioid use (n = 118), decreased number and side effects of medications, and an improved quality of life (45%).” This
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