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Medical Marijuana Essay

1187 words - 5 pages

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Medical Marijuana
Bernard Terry
May 10, 2014
PHI210
DR CAPERS

DR Capers

There has been an ongoing debate about legalizing medical marijuana. Marijuana is a substance dried leaves and flowering pots of the hemp plant that contain THC and is consumed for a number of different reasons .Out of 52 states there are there 21 states that legalize medical marijuana and there are 7 states that are pending .I believe that medical marijuana should be legalize because it is a plant that was grown on this earth.
Medical marijuana has its cons when it comes to this debate and some physician, US government and other officials are against the ...view middle of the document...

In my opinion I believe that marijuana isn’t a bad drug and I think if cigarettes are legal, which causes more death then marijuana then it should be legal. What interesting to me is that officials say that marijuana is a gateway to harsher drugs and I don’t agree with that because I used to smoke marijuana at a young age and I never tried any other drug in my life. One thing that I do agree on is that it may cause more accidents at work because your judgment and reaction is a little slower.

When it comes to pros on legalizing medical marijuana Joycelyn Elder a former US surgeon general stated” the evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illness as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AID-- or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them and it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physician prescribe everyday”
Judge Francis L. Young who is a DEA administrative law judge believe that the evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in the light of the evidence in this record.
Andrew Morral who did a press release believed that marijuana gateway effect is not the best explanation for the link between marijuana use and the use of harder drugs. An alternative, simple and more compelling explanation account for the pattern of drug use you see in this country without resort to gateway effect. While the gateway theory has enjoyed popular acceptance, scientist have always had their doubts. The people who are predisposed to use drugs and have the opportunity to use drugs are more likely than others to use both marijuana and harder drugs. Marijuana typically comes first because it more available.

When it comes to pro side of legalizing medical marijuana I totally agree with this. I served in the military for four years, and I’ve been diagnose with PTSD and the U.S. government has signed off a bill for veterans who has PTSD to be treated with medical marijuana. Scientist wants you to believe that marijuana is a gateway drug. Rand study says that marijuana experimentation by adolescents does not lead to the use of harder drugs, according to the findings of a.  The study dismisses the so-called "gateway theory," and raises doubts regarding the legitimacy of federal drug policies based upon its premise. (http://norml.org/news/2002/12/03)

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