Legalizing Weed Essay

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Legalizing Weed “People can't live without the herb man, / If not they'd be drinkin’ and drivin’ and swervin’ / But thanks to Dr. Greenthumb, weed grow / In the backyard or inside with hydro,” chants B-Real of Cypress Hill in their hit song, “Dr. Greenthumb,” which glorifies the cultivation of marijuana. Cypress Hill, a Los Angeles based rap group, has long championed the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, which has recently become a pressing issue in this day of alternative medicine, civil liberties, and humane treatment for the terminally ill. As an increasing number of states pass laws allowing medical marijuana and authoritative studies legitimizing both recreational and medicinal use…show more content…
Through a series of animal and human studies, researchers have determined that marijuana does have to ability to suppress convulsions. A recent National Academy of Sciences report, commissioned by the federal government, found that marijuana is effective in treating AIDS wasting syndrome and chemotherapy patients whom have been unresponsive to other medications. Even though it is illegal, many oncologists are prescribing cannabis to these patients (Armentano). Marijuana may also provide a more reasonable alternative to euthanasia for terminally ill patients (Thompson Interview). Marijuana may be successfully substituted for many conventional medicines while remaining less toxic and significantly cheaper. Georgia quadriplegic, Louis Covar, claims that he smokes marijuana to provide relief from painful muscle spasms, as the doctor-prescribed narcotics make him drowsy and make it hard for him to communicate. Covar was paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a July 4, 1967 driving accident (Hodson). It is ridiculous to deny the seriously ill the safest, most effective treatment to ease their suffering (Armentano). The new research done on medical marijuana has helped to strengthen arguments for the legalization of marijuana for responsible recreational use. Recreational marijuana, when used prudently, is not as harmful as it is often made out to be; numerous
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