Medical Marijuana Should Not Be Illegal

1040 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
For Five millennia Cannabis sativa (more commonly known today as marijuana) has been used throughout the world medically, recreationally, and spiritually. (Bostwick, 2012) The growing availability of medical marijuana in the United States today is helping many people’s lives as alternatives to traditional pharmaceuticals, when traditional medications do not alleviate their medical issues. Unfortunately, the full potential of medical marijuana will not come to fruition because at the federal level, which out ranks that of each individual state’s laws, marijuana is illegal. Its’ Classification as a schedule I drug- one with a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use keeps it as what can be considered just a ‘street’ drug. Legalizing marijuana for medical use would not just help change the drugs classification, which would promote research; it would protect people from the possible prosecution that all medical marijuana patients currently face. The problems with medical marijuana continuing to be illegal are abundant. This paper will cover a few of those issues so more people can see medical marijuana for what it is, a medicine rather than just an “illicit” illegal drug. People are dying on a regular basis from legal FDA approved drugs as the primary suspect of their deaths. Medical marijuana is a safe alternative for some people who cannot find relief from traditional pharmaceutical medications. In a comparison done with data obtained during the…

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