Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Marijuana Legalization From mandatory crop to illegal drug, cannabis has gone from revered to criminal in the course of United States history. Its fall from grace has been an education in mass hysteria, propaganda, market manipulation and greed. Fortunately, for those suffering debilitating medical conditions and those that wish to enjoy its euphoric effects alike, it appears that the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction. The close of the 2015 legislative session revealed a potential shift in the way the Texas legislature views the sale and use of Marijuana. While not a complete victory, two bills legalizing the use of marijuana actually made it out of committee (Savage). That is not to say that if the legislative session had…show more content…
While not everyone supports the recreational use of marijuana, most people could agree that if it provides medical benefits that are not currently available then exceptions or changes should be made to current laws. Compassionate care or use exceptions, like the one signed into law by Governor Abbott, are sending that exact message. Texas joined fifteen other states that allow the use of “low THC, high cannabidiol (CBD) oil”, derived from cannabis, to treat specific medical conditions and another twenty-three state, the District of Columbia and Guam which allow more comprehensive medical use (National Conference of State Legislatures). This flies in the face of critics like Dr. Herber Kleber and Dr. Robert Dupont who say, because the FDA has not approved it and it may have side effects, there is no legitimate reason to recommend usage of medical marijuana (Kleber and Dupont 567). In the same article they say that there are “acceptable alternatives” to treatment for the conditions that cannabis is currently showing promise in treating (565). However, this supposition is only that there are acceptable alternatives not effective alternatives. Would they also argue that leukemia patients should not receive chemotherapy with its plethora of potential side effects, because amputation of a leg is an acceptable alternative? This view is a bit short sighted and to imply that there is not efficacy to medicine until the FDA has approved it,
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