Argument Against Legalization Premise 1: Marijuana use is associated with numerous physical and mental disorders and could result in addiction (Durkin, 2014). Premise 2: The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) shares the AAP's concern that legalization of marijuana could increase adolescents' use of the drug and notes that marijuana use often precedes the use of riskier drugs ("Legalization of Marijuana," 2013). Premise 3: Potential increase of children in the emergency room from accidental consumption of the drug. Conclusion: The use of marijuana is associated with a host of possible medical consequences including mental, cardiac, pulmonary (cancer), hepatic, vascular and even an increase risk to infectious disease (Durkin 2014). Personal Position For me I support the legalization of marijuana for medical use. I find that like other drugs that are manufactured for specific symptoms marijuana has a definite place in medicine. If other
MY VIEW OF ROSENTHAL’S ARGUMENT 5 drugs have failed to alleviate discomfort, pain, anxiety and even depression, why limit the options. Many compare marijuana to other habits like tobacco and alcohol, which have no medically therapeutic value and also have health hazards, it at least can help very ill patients cope with ailments (The Institute of Medicine, 1999). Which I think can seriously help patients on chemo and radiation after suffering the wave of nausea, vomiting and weight loss. Just having cancer, multiple sclerosis, anxiety/depression or HIV/AIDS puts the body and mind under tremendous strain why not use what you can to feel better. Marijuana has even been used in children that suffer from seizure disorders (Yap, 2015). As for the concern for children and accidental ingestion, well that has a simple solution do not leave it within their reach. It is like with all other potentially danger solutions and products in our home today. Keep them away from the kids and educate them on why they should not use, eat or drink them. It also does not make any sense to allow opioid use for patients in pain (Mazer 2014), and yet not allow patients marijuana which has less adverse effects and a great span of benefits.
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