Marijuana Legalization Essay

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Marijuana Legalization

As defined by The New American Webster Dictionary, marijuana is a hemp-like plant whose leaves are smoked in a cigarette as a narcotic.


Other than just an illict drug used for getting "high", Marijuana can also be viewed as:

* A pain reliever

* A stress reliever

* A medicinal alternative to over-used processed drugs

* An untapped source of income for the United States Government

* A prohibited substance with many misconceptions

Smoking marijuana has long been viewed as something that only produces negative outcomes. New studies are quickly changing these views. The following are some new results found on the true influence of marijuana ingestion.

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Overall, by comparison with other drugs used mainly for 'recreational' purposes, cannabis could be rated to be a relatively safe drug" (Armentano, "Cannabis, Mental"). * "Not only has modern science refuted the notion that marijuana is neurotoxic, recent scientific discoveries have indicated that cannabinoids, are, in fact, neuroprotective, particularly against alcohol-induced brain damage" (Armentano, "Cannabis and"). * A study sponsored by the National Institutes of Mental Health compared Jamaican marijuana smokers to non-smokers. Examinations concerning memory, the ability to learn, reaction time and perception found that there was no distinction between each group and their results (Stimeling).

Marijuana Legalization Would Benefit the Medical Community

Smoking marijuana has been proven to help relieve some ailments related to certain sicknesses and diseases. The following are some documented findings:

* "Numerous published studies suggest that marijuana has medical value in treating patients with serious illnesses such as AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and chronic pain" ("Medical"). * "In 1999, the Institute of Medicine, in the most comprehensive study of medical marijuana's efficacy to date, concluded, 'Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety all can be mitigated by marijuana'" ("Medical"). * "The
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