Essay Marijuana Legalization and Regulation

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Since 2900 BC, Marijuana, has been used as a medication for people suffering from illnesses. The Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, Roman, as well as the Ancient Greece cultures became extremely interested in Marijuana’s healing properties when they realized that the drug helped treat people suffering from glaucoma, gout, cramped joints, violent pain, earaches, inflammation, leprosy, edema, and other diseases affecting the body (Deitch). The idea of using Marijuana as a healer became popular all around the World and by the 1900s, it was being used in South Asia to treat asthma, bronchitis, and the loss of appetite (“A Note on Marijuana”). Eleven years later however, Marijuana would be outlawed and prohibited, starting with the state of…show more content…
“The survey was conducted with more than 1,500 doctors and nearly 3,000 consumers and concluded that 69 percent of the doctors said that Marijuana can help with certain conditions and treatments, while only 52 percent of consumers expressed the same belief. Among the 69 percent of doctors that said Marijuana can help treat patients with certain conditions, 67 percent said that they believed Marijuana should be a treatment option for patients. Half of the doctors surveyed in the states where Marijuana isn’t legal said it should be legalized, as did 52 percent of the doctors in the states considering such laws” (Preidt). The support for legalizing Marijuana, though, seemed to be highest among oncologists (cancer specialists) and hematologists (blood disorder specialists). Within these two groups, 82 percent said that Marijuana can provide numerous benefits to the patients (Preidt). According to the WebMD/Medscape survey, the same percentage said that Marijuana should be a treatment option for patients (WebMD). Another study done, that tried to prove how popular the drug actually is, proved that Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States. The study was conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and established that about 97.8% of Americans have admitted to smoking Marijuana at some point in their lifetime, making it the most widely used
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