Marijuana Should Be Legal For Medical Benefits Essay

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In today’s society, marijuana is utilized by many adults and even teenagers. Whether the reason for the use is for medical reasons, obtain a high, for socializing, escaping depression; marijuana has impacted many live for the better. Marijuana or cannabis has been known to man since as early as 7000 B.C. In 1619, the colony of Jamestown in Virginia passed the first cannabis-related law, stating that it is required for all farmers to grow cannabis sativa or hemp plant because of its strong fiber that where being used to make sails, ropes and even clothing. During the 1800s, cannabis extract medicines were produced by American pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, Parke-Davis and Squibb. In 1910, in the Southwestern United States, Mexican immigrants introduced recreational use of cannabis, in which the immigrants referred to as “marihuana” (Mark, 2015)
Anti-legalization groups argue there is not enough scientific data to support marijuana’s medical benefits. According to Whitehouse.gov (original emphasis), “To date…neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition.” It’s highly unlikely that anyone will be able to prove the substance is entirely safe, because (let’s be honest), it’s not. As with all drugs, there is an associated risk that comes along with any benefits the drug may have. It’s just like on those prescription drugs, when you hear how a medication may
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