Essay The Current Status of Medical Marijuana

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In the year 2008, Michigan voted in the use of marijuana for medical purposes. I will be exploring two papers, the first is Prohibition Works: Keeping Marijuana Illegal, the second is Legalization of Marijuana. In the paper Prohibition Works the author discusses numerous reasons marijuana should be kept illegal, and the second paper Legalization of Marijuana the author makes many valid points on why marijuana should be legalized for medical use. Michigan now joins 15 other states that have passed laws for consumption of marijuana for medical purposes. Both marijuana and medical marijuana are the same substance. In this paper I will discuss how the federal government views the use of marijuana, how doctors argue their case whether they are …show more content…
WebMD has an article that lists the psychological effects of marijuana over a short time are: paranoia, time distortion, anxiety, depression random thoughts, and memory loss. There is also withdrawal in some patients can include: appetite loss, anxiety, depression, and aggression (Amal Chakraburtty, 2010). These side effects hold true to users of marijuana whether they use it legally with the medical marijuana card or if they are using this drug without the medical marijuana card.
The federal government does not seem to be changing their laws when it comes to marijuana. Andre Kratzer makes reference to some doctors that believe marijuana is good for pain reduction, it can increase appetite, and calms down nausea (Kratzer, 2004). Even though some of the side effects are negative doctors look at the negatives and positives and weigh them out. If the positive effects are more of a benefit than the negative then they will suggest medical marijuana for that patient. The list for benefits of marijuana include but are not limited to cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy, AIDS patients that have lost their appetite, it is also said to be helpful in the relief of pain for MS patients, along with helping to slow the progression of glaucoma. However, doctors that are against the use of marijuana look at the bad side effects and decide that there is no medical

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