Constitutional Issues

Topics: United States, Human rights, Civil and political rights Pages: 2 (474 words) Published: May 22, 2013
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In the U.S. the possession, cultivation, and distribution of Marijuana has been illegal since 1937 by the federal government. However medicinal marijuana is currently legal in 16 states by state law. Cannabis was first made illegal by the state of California in 1913. Which is ironic because California was first to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana. The constitutional issue with marijuana is between Federal law and State law in which whether or not, marijuana can be used for medical purposes. I believe medicinal marijuana should be legal because people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If marijuana has the medical benefits they need to make life easier then they should be able to use it.

As stated in the 10th amendment, the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. 16 States in the U.S. have made the use of medicinal marijuana legal. I believe this promotes the common good. Numbers of cancer patients are prescribed legal alternative drugs and a number of these prescribed drugs fail. The issue with medical marijuana interferes with the promotion of the common good, but also conflicts with many patients’ individual rights. Numbers of federal agents have raided dispensaries and homes and seized marijuana plants. Doing this conflicts with a patient’s right to the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is a group dedicated to prevent and reduce youth drug use. They believe the use of marijuana holds more risk than benefits. Risks include health, social, academic, economic, and legal consequences. They promote their key ideals through advertisements.

Ohio Medical Cannabis Association, OMCA, is an association fighting to get people the medical rights they deserve. OMCA recognizes that inalienable rights, such as life, liberty and happiness,...
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