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Legalizing Marijuana and How It Can Help Our Country Marie Brown University of Phoenix March 14.2010 Should marijuana be legal? What a good question. Some people would say that it should not be legal. They say marijuana is illegal and causes too many other problems for people. These people are correct in some ways about marijuana being illegal. It makes one wonder if these people have stopped to consider if they have thought of the people whom legalizing marijuana could help. Stop and think about the benefits that legalizing marijuana can have not only for cancer and Aids patients, but for the citizens of the United States, and the government as well. Marijuana may be considered an illegal substance, but for medical purposes it should be legal. What is marijuana? Marijuana is an herbal plant that is a mixture of various colored leaves that contain THC; a pain killing substance contained in the plant itself. Marijuana is also known as reefer or cannabis. The most commonly used form is that of the dried variety, similar to basil or dill; such as found in a kitchen spice cabinet. Cancer and Aids Patients Does anyone know what a cancer patient goes through in order to recover from cancer? Two of the most popular ways of treating a cancer patient are radiation and/ or chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a process that kills the cancerous cells of the body. Unfortunately, it also kills the healthy cells in the body at the same time. The process of chemotherapy and/ or radiation leaves a patient feeling weak, tired, and in extreme pain. The side effects of chemotherapy are well-known. They are "hair loss, loss of appetite, painful urination, vomiting, seizures, mouth blisters, unusual bleeding or bruising, and shortness of breath". As a result, the person ends up losing weight due to a lack of appetite. This makes the person appear frail. Most people have to experience the treatment for themselves or have a loved one go through chemotherapy to understand exactly what a person undergoes during the treatment of cancer and the side effects of
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chemotherapy and radiation. One may be asking themselves what does this have to do with marijuana. The thought should possibly cross the mind if it already has not occurred. According to the National Cancer Society, "there are between seventy four and seventy five thousand people a year that get some form of cancer". However, it was not reported as to how many of these people were prescribed medical marijuana. These numbers are expected to increase rather than decrease. Comparing the side effects of chemotherapy to the side effects of marijuana; which consist of " drowsiness or sleepiness, temporary problems with short-term memory, increase in appetite, and a calming effect".
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