Should Medical Marijuana Be Legal?

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Tavian Lasley
Paper 2
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March 1, 2017

Medical Marijuana Informative
Unless you 've been living under a rock, you have probably at some point in the last few years had a conversation with a friend or family member regarding medical marijuana. Although it is considered a controversial topic, in recent months it has been gaining approval by the public. But it does not come without opposition and arguments. Medical marijuana is a complex subject and still requires more education for the public, the medical community, and the government. First, a little background. Marijuana is a plant. It can also be used interchangeably with cannabis or hemp. Marijuana has many different components within itself, but the two I 'll be referring …show more content…

Many of these states have a very narrow list of approved illnesses. Many of these state changes have been in large part due to mothers of children with severe epilepsy, whose children have failed countless medications. These mothers advocate tirelessly to their state legislators for change in their state laws, to allow them to administer cannabis oil to their suffering child, sometimes as a desperate last resort. According to, currently, 28 states and Washington D.C. have approved cannabis for medical use (Medical Marijuana: Should Marijuana be a Medical Option?). To qualify as a legal medical marijuana state, the state must pass a law that legalizes the marijuana plant for medical use. Some states, like Iowa, have passed a law allowing the use of CBD only, which is another component of the cannabis plant. Those states do not qualify them as a medical marijuana state. In states that have legalized medical cannabis, a cannabis card must be obtained and shown to the dispensary, before purchasing your medicine. To obtain a medical card, one must make appointments to see a physician who is qualified by the state, to confirm the ailment, and approve the cannabis card. At the federal level, all forms of marijuana are currently still illegal. Even though it has been known to relieve many ailments, illnesses and diseases, the federal government still considers cannabis a schedule 1 substance. (Anderson, L.)A schedule 1 substance means

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