Lagalization of Marijuana

Lagalization of Marijuana - Mickey Green March 31, 2008...

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Mickey Green March 31, 2008 Essay 4 – Marijuana The Legalization of Marijuana I believe that individuals have a basic right to make their own decisions as long as their actions do not harm others. There are proponents of marijuana usage who contend that cannabis should be legalized just for the sake of recreational use. However, after intense research on the subject, I am now convinced that marijuana should be decriminalized for many important reasons. Marijuana should be legal because studies have shown that there are many medical benefits to its use, marijuana is not harmful to one’s health, and the criminalization of marijuana infringes on our civil liberties as stated in the Bill of Rights. Marijuana use for medicinal purposes has been shown to have both physical and mental benefits. California was the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. Proposition 215 or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 was enacted in California to allow patients with a valid doctor's recommendation, to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use (ASA). The pharmacologic effects of marijuana help many terminally ill patients cope with their debilitating diseases. Marijuana may lessen pain, nausea, and loss of appetite that patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy experience. When my grandfather was being treated for terminal colon cancer, his own physician wished he could prescribe medical marijuana rather than the legal but weakly effective Marinol, a FDA approved synthetic cannabinoid. By reducing muscle spasms, a patient with MS can be helped with medical marijuana. Some other diseases that marijuana can treat include: arthritis, chronic pain, Crohn's disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and severe migraines. California’s Proposition 215 protects patients and designated caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana for physician recommended medical treatment to be exempt from criminal 1
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Mickey Green March 31, 2008 Essay 4 – Marijuana laws and from prosecution. Furthermore, this law provides physicians, who recommend use of marijuana for medical treatment, protection from prosecution. Since 1996, twelve states have passed laws allowing seriously ill patients to take marijuana as a prescription pain-control substance. These twelve states include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. In 1988 Francis L. Young, an administrative law judge with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, ruled that “in its natural form, [cannabis] is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. And marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care” (King). Even presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama is in favor of medical marijuana if it
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