The Debate Over The Legalization Of Marijuana

952 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
I would like to address my concern over the legalization of marijuana. The debate over the issue of marijuana and its legalization has been an immensely prevalent one in the nation over several years now. The issue of legalizing marijuana is truly a controversial one, and certainly one that requires a plethora of considerations at the top levels of the legislative branch. Legalizing marijuana would not only make it easily accessible to patients for treatment in states in which medicinal marijuana is currently not legal but would also decrease the tax burden associated with the current criminalization of marijuana users.
As you may know, medical marijuana emerged as a mainstream medicine by the 19th century used primarily in the West. Today, medical marijuana is being utilized for numerous medical reasons. Some of these reasons include, but are not limited to, the following: the amelioration of nausea and vomiting, stimulation of hunger in chemotherapy and AID’s patients, lowered intraocular eye pressure (shown to be effective for treating glaucoma, as well as gastrointestinal illness). In addition, cannabis may offer “fewer negative side effects than opioids-which can be highly addictive-and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which can induce stomach ulcers, bleeding, and kidney failure,” said Allen St. Pierre, an executive director of the national organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
On the other hand, however, studies show that if misused, increased…
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