Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

2023 Words Dec 8th, 2016 9 Pages
In recent studies, studies have lead to the discovery that marijuana cures pain better than prescription and other over the counter pills, and it is cheaper than a multitude of the prescription pill counterparts, but marijuana is prescribed less than painkillers and is still illegal in numerous states. Although a numerous amount of marijuana researchers claim that marijuana could end the need for various prescription drugs because marijuana can help with such a diverse amount of illnesses and diseases, marijuana is still considered to be a Schedule 1 narcotic, with no medicinal properties. Considering that oxycontin and Zoloft are schedule 2 narcotics, which means they have medicinal benefits, although they put thousands of people in the hospital yearly unlike marijuana. Although medical marijuana is a safer, more affordable, and has been researched less than a multitude of the FDA-approved drugs on the market, marijuana is still only legal in 25 states and D.C. but needs to be legalized nationwide.
From 2009 to the present date, painkiller (pain pills, heroin, and morphine) deaths have dropped 25% in 25 states where medical marijuana is legalized (Reiman and Tamar Todd). Another study performed in 2008 listed the most common, and less frequent prescription painkiller symptoms to be: "Common side effects of opioid administration include sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance, and respiratory depression. Physical dependence and…

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