Legalization of Medical Marijuana Essay

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Medical Marijuana: A Topic Leaving People Up in Smoke
Renee Grant
ENC 1101-1002

Professor Bahle

March 30, 2013

Medical Marijuana: A Topic Leaving People Up in Smoke

Medical marijuana has been an ongoing fight between the federal government, physicians and patients. Contrary to many beliefs, marijuana, whether it is used for medical reasons or recreational is non-lethal. It has been proven to be useful in many medical conditions. There has been no evidence of an individual overdosing on marijuana, but there have been a tremendous number of deaths related to prescription drugs, and over the counter medications. The legalizing of medical marijuana will change the lives of so many
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What better way to elevate their pain by allowing them to use a plant that has been around for thousands of years. It is cheaper than prescription medications, and one would not have to worry about all the possible side effects that prescription medications contribute to, as in effects on the heart, kidneys, and liver.

Pharmacies will be hit the hardest when medical marijuana is legalized. It is cheaper for patients to grow their own medication. Some scientists are still working on how they can make a synthetic form of THC that can be put into capsule form. Is a synthetic form safe? This is still unclear. Physicians who are able to prescribe medical marijuana need to keep a watchful eye out for those that claim to have a disease just so that they can get their marijuana legally. Tax payers are spending billions of dollars each year to fight the war on marijuana. The effort has done nothing, where are the billions of dollars going? Physicians that prescribe medical marijuana to their patients are not promoting smoking by any means; they are just helping relive pain of their suffering patients.

While there will be a continuing battle against medical marijuana for years to come there have been 16 states, including Washington D.C that have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana: California – 1996, Alaska – 1998, Oregon – 1998, Washington – 1998, Maine – 1999, Colorado – 2000, Hawaii – 2000, Nevada – 2000, Montana – 2004, Vermont – 2004,
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