Should Marijuana Be Legal?

3059 Words Mar 31st, 2015 13 Pages
Cannabis also commonly known as marijuana is a product that comes from the cannabis plant. Marijuana is mostly used as a psychoactive drug and as medicine although the cannabis plant does have many other uses. Marijuana although legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia for medical purposes and 2 states for medical and recreational purposes is still federally illegal and is considered by the United States a scheduled 1 drug. This means that according to the United States, via the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana has been found to fit the following three categories; The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse, the drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. This view is upheld by both the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this paper I will attempt to shed some light on some of the benefits of medical marijuana as well as some of the negative side effects of consuming it. I will focus my research on marijuana for two popular treatments; the treatment for intractable pain due to cancers and the treatment for epilepsy. The bulk of my paper will be on marijuana use for those particular treatments but I will also dedicate a smaller portion of the paper to inform the reader of the use of marijuana in other treatments for example the use of marijuana as…

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