5 January 2010
Legalization of Marijuana
Thesis: Even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, a select handful of states have made the choice to allow doctors to prescribe it to patients that suffer from certain medical problems. Intro
A. Cultural phenomenon
B. Growing acceptance
II. Medicinal Uses
A. Treatment for glaucoma, AIDS, and Cancer
B. Alternatives to Marijuana
C. Effects on MS patients
III. The Possible Start of Legalization
A. Obama’s new approach.
B. Irvin Rosenfeld, the exception
C. Start of state legalization
A. Marijuana still illegal
B. Grant Krieger’s arrest
C. Problems remain for patients in need
Over the past 15 years, a cultural phenomenon has been evolving. The acceptance of medical marijuana has been on the rise, and still is with positive result through thorough research (Parloff n.pag.). Even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, a select handful of states have made the choice to allow doctors to prescribe it to patients that suffer from certain medical problems.
Although the use of medicinal marijuana is illegal in the United States, researchers around the world continue to explore the potential that marijuana has in treating MS (multiple sclerosis), glaucoma, AIDS, and cancer. In Spain at the Instituto Ramon y Cajal, Dr. Fabian Docagne and his associates found that the use of HU210, the synthetic cannabinoid, reduced nerve fiber damage in mice with an MS- like disease. Savitex, a cannabis-derived oral spray, has been approved for treatment of neuropathic pain in individuals with MS in Canada. In the United Kingdom researchers reported that 40 percent of the people on the active treatment of Savitex said they experienced a 30 percent reduction in spasticity compared to the 21 percent who took the placebo (Durand and Holland 56+). People that suffer from glaucoma can seek treatment in marijuana because of its effects to reduce...