Should Marijuana Be Legal?

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Medical marijuana is legal in more than half of the states, but is still not legal at the federal level. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (Ingraham, 2016). This means that marijuana could potentially be abused and that it has no recognized medical purpose. Possession of marijuana is a federal crime subjecting one to fines or even prison time. However, states have still managed to legalize this drug both recreationally and medically, so there is a clear conflict between federal laws which criminalize marijuana related activities while states protect marijuana possession and use. Despite the federal law, individuals using medical marijuana are unlikely to face issues from …show more content…

Her seizures first started at just three months old and she was hospitalized repeatedly, but the doctors could not diagnose her. Her seizures began to worsen as she started to get older, and she was prescribed seven medications that would work for short periods of time until the seizures started coming back.
Eventually, at the age of two, Charlotte was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. Dravet syndrome is a type of epilepsy where the seizures can not be controlled by medicine. Charlotte was having 300 grand mal seizures a week and had lost the ability to talk, walk and eat (Young, 2013). After many failed attempts of new medications, the Figi’s decided to try medical marijuana when she was five years old. First they had to find two doctors to sign off on a medical marijuana card, and then find a dispensary which offered a small dosage of R4 (a type of marijuana) which was low in THC and high in CBD. Charlotte took her first dose of this drug and the seizures stopped for seven days. Medical marijuana was the only drug that reduced Charlotte’s seizures. Today she gets a dose of the CBD twice a day in her food, and the results have been incredible. Her seizures have been reduced from 300 grand mal seizures a week to about two a month (Young, 2013). She is walking and talking more everyday. The marijuana strain that Charlotte and now many other patients use to help with their symptoms of the disease has been named after her. Just when Charlottes

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