Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Patrick Bates Ms. Bihlmaier English 10 CP date The Marijuana Debate Marijuana, hemp, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, herb, kush, sticky icky, and weed. Whatever one may refer to the drug cannabis as, it is no stranger to the typical American. With support for the legalization of marijuana growing rapidly in numbers over the years, the debate over decriminalizing the drug is more important now than ever. Over 50% of Americans now support legalizing the drug. In a random Twitter survey given out, thirty five of the forty people were for the legalization of marijuana when asked, “ Do you believe marijuana should be legalized?” Many people today believe that marijuana is not as dangerous as it has been said to be. Even the president, Barrack Obama,…show more content…
Cannabis has been shown to relieve symptoms of many serious medical issues such as AIDS, HIV, cancer, and glaucoma. Twenty states in the US have already legalized medical marijuana, but it is still illegal federally ( Medical Marijuana 1). According to the US Drug and Food Administration THC, the most common chemical found in marijuana, can be a safe and effective way in treating nausea, vomiting, and diseases. A study out of the US Society for Neuroscience suggests that the cannabinoids, the chemicals in cannabis, directly interfere with pain signals in the nervous system. This would explain why marijuana is one of the best pain relievers to take. These cannabinoids have been found to help in the treatment of pain associated with chemotherapy, spinal cord injuries and neuropathic pain. The chemicals in marijuana also can help with anorexia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and depression. Many notable organizations now support the use of medicinal marijuana including; The Aids Action Council, American Medical Student Foundation, and the Lymphoma Foundation of America. Marijuana is also offered to patients in the form of a pill. These pills contain the key cannabinoids, marinol, and cesamet that makes marijuana such an effective pain reliever. As research on medical marijuana expands, support for it is growing. Many people, including doctors, are realizing that marijuana can be a very good replacement from the pills most people are on
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